Training Follow-Up

It’s been an absolutely crazy three weeks. From getting back from vacation to the fall semester starting to a different schedule at work — there hasn’t been much time to breathe! Between all of these things, the Rec Center staff went through training. August 26-28, we got together and learned about the Rec, Student Affairs as a whole, and what we, as student leaders, can do to make Oakland University a welcoming place to attend school.


Here’s a rundown of what happened each day:


Day 1: Rec Staff


We started our day off at 11:00am with an introduction from Greg Jordan, the Director of the Department of Campus Recreation. The energy in the room was contagious! Everyone was so excited to be there.


We discussed our Emergency Action Plan to help all student employees know their role if there was ever an emergency in the building. We also learned about some of the new student development initiatives. This was really eye opening because I didn’t realize there were SO many opportunities for students who work at the Rec.


After that, each unit put  together a “Top 5 Things You Should Know About…”. It was a really fun way to learn a little about each unit in the Rec. As the social media / blog intern, I don’t spend too much time with all the different areas, so it was a really great way for me to get out and learn more about the awesome facility I work at.


Day 2: Student Affairs Kick Off


This was the first ever Student Affairs Kick Off Training Event. Employees from the Center for Student Activities, Housing, Career Services, the Recreation Center, and more participated.


Glenn McIntosh, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management addressed the 400+ student employees, and challenged us to learn new ways, create an inviting atmosphere on campus,  and provide excellent customer service.


The new President of Oakland University, Dr. George W. Hynd addressed the students as well. He brought an incredible energy to the room. His excitement about OU made ME excited about OU!


After that, there was a keynote speaker, Jennifer Miracle, who discussed “Serving OU’s Invisible Students” and making everyone feel welcome.


Once the keynote speaker was finished, we took a break for lunch. After lunch, the students rotated through presentations. There were five to select from, and we were required to attend 3 of them.

1. Active Shooter-Presented by Chief Gordon. This presentation involved learning key survival strategies for an active shooter situation.
2. Diversity Panel-Presented by a diverse panel of students with various backgrounds at OU. This presentation gave awareness and reinforced the richness of the multiple layers of diversity and inclusion on OU’s campus.
3. SAFE Training- Presented by Grace Wojcik, Coordinator of Gender & Sexuality Center at Oakland University.  This presentation examined what it means to be an “Ally” and where to go for support on campus.
4. Conflict Management- Presented by Beth Talbert. This presentation taught attendees how to approach disagreements in positive ways, as well as how to work with people that drive you crazy.
5. Recruitment, Retention, and Collaboration- Presented by Becky Lewis, Sara Webb, Nancy Schmitz.  The presentation put the puzzle of Student Affairs together, how and why each department is what it is. This showcased how everyone is one piece to a big puzzle.


Day 3: Individual Unit Training

Each unit had something different going on the third day.


As a whole, I learned a lot. My favorite part of training was the different seminars we attended on the second day. We learned skills that are transferable to all different types of jobs and areas of our lives.


As the marketing intern, it was interesting to see how each student got something different out of the training. There was so much being put on the table for students to soak in. I think Marie and the rest of the Student Affairs leaders put together a wonderful program and I think it will continue to benefit student employees in years to come!

OU Campus Rec: Street Team

The intent of the street team and Recreation Ambassador program is to train DCR student employees on how to properly represent and promote the purpose, programs, services  and memberships offered by the department of Campus recreation. Through Participating in these program students will gain resume building skills as well as be able to implement new ideas/techniques for marketing promotions.
There are currently 28 DCR student employees on this years street team! 6 of which are Ambassadors.
Our Street Team Intern, Christina Luczak said, ” The street team has been doing awesome so far! I love everyone’s energy and enthusiasm about their events. Now that welcome week and homecoming are over, we are definitely not as busy as we have been, but I am so excited about the rest of the semester because a few of my favorite ambassador events are coming up (Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair; Go for the Gold). This will give the current ambassadors a chance to interact with employees and future students, so I am really looking forward to that.”
If you are interested in being on the Street team please contact Morgan Roberts at
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Group Ex Instructor: Jermaine Jones



What group ex classes do you teach? What days / times? 

Indoor Cycle Monday/Wednesday 12:10-12:50 and Fit for Life Strength and balance Wednesday 9:00 A.M. -10:10 A.M.


How long have you been teaching group ex classes at OU Rec Center?

2 years.


What did you / are you studying in school? Certifications?

I’m in my senior year as a Integrative Studies Major.


Outside of group exercise classes, what do you like to do to stay fit?

To stay fit I play baseball, lift weights, and walk my dog.


What do you like about teaching group ex classes?

Motivating others towards fitness goals is my passion. Teaching group ex classes has giving me an opportunity to build lifelong friendships with OU students and facility.


Any hobbies?

Spending time with family, traveling, attending Detroit Tigers games, and volunteering.


What did you do over the summer?

This summer I traveled to Georgia, Washington D.C, and I caught a homerun ball at the Tigers vs. Ray’s game.


Excited for group ex classes to start? Any additional thoughts?

Yes! I can’t wait to turn up the music and encourage participants to push themselves to new limits.


“Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.” – Eric Thomas

Group Ex Instructor Spotlight: Ashlynn Law

What group ex classes do you teach?
Tuesday: Abs, Glutes & Thighs at 5:30pm
Wednesdays: Zumba at 12:10pm
Thursdays: Zumba at 4:00pm
Fridays: Zumba at 12:10pm
How long have you been teaching group ex classes at OU?
This is my third semester teaching Group Ex at OU.
What are you studying in school?
Right now I am majoring in Health Sciences with concentrations in Exercise Science and Physical Therapy.
Outside of group ex classes, what do you do to stay fit?
I love to work out on my own and do Zumba, Pilates, and kickboxing. I also enjoy figure skating, snowboarding, swimming, kayaking, and long boarding.
What do you like about teaching group ex classes?
I like being able to share my passion for exercise and show others how working out can be fun!
Any hobbies?
When I have free time I like to get involved in sports, go boating/sailing, scrapbook, and do some modeling.
What did you do over the summer?
The highlight of my summer was hiking and swimming in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I even got to snorkel on a sunken ship!
Excited for group ex classes? 
I am very excited to start teaching again and I hope to see you in one of my classes!

OU Moves… Walk To Mackinac Winners

We’re always impressed with Oakland University Faculty and Staff who participate in our programs. One of our summer programs, “OU Moves.. Walk to Mackinac” recently came to an end and we are beyond excited about the results.

There were 152 participants from departments all across campus. Each participant kept track of the steps they took for eight weeks.

Stephanie Willis, Wellness and Educational Outreach Coordinator, added up the total number of steps from all participants. The results? 32,174,136 steps. That’s 16,087 miles! 37 people walked 400,000+ steps.

The top five participants won a shopping spree at the Barnes and Noble on campus.

Here are the winners:

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 ​1st Place: Monica Haines (University Human Resources) – 941,560 steps 


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 2nd Place: Sheryl Hugger (Biological Sciences) – 932,673 steps 


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 3rd Place: Sharon Hiller (SEHS) – 804,865 steps


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 4th Place: Bill Johnson (First Year Advising Center) – 767,528 steps


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5th Place: Paul Battle (Registrar) - 725,379 steps


Once again, great job to all Oakland University Faculty and Staff who participated!

For information about upcoming Employee Wellness programs, click here.

Group Ex Instructor Spotlight: Megan Gougeon

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What group exercise classes do you teach?
I teach yoga group ex classes on Wednesday at 5:30 and Thursday at 12:10.
How long have you been teaching group exercise classes at the Rec?
I have been teaching yoga classes at the rec center since my freshman year at Oakland, fall of 2011.
What are you studying in school? Do you have any certifications for teaching yoga?

I am studying elementary education at Oakland and just passed the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification.  I am also a registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance.

Outside of teaching group ex classes, what do you like todo to stay fit?

Outside of group exercise classes I practice Ashtanga yoga, I do CrossFit, and occasionally run.
What do you like about teaching group exercise classes?
There are so many things I love about teaching group ex yoga.  First of all, the students are dedicated and eager to learn.  I love getting to know the students through a mutual interest in yoga.  Second, the staff at the rec center is amazing! Everyone is so devoted to well being and overall wellness, so it is a very uplifting place to work.  And lastly, it is a privilege to be able to share a passion of mine with people of my school.
Any hobbies?
I don’t really have any hobbies, although I do love to read!
What have you done this summer?
This summer I have spent most of my time working.  I am fortunate enough to be a yoga instructor at an all girl day camp for most of the summer, which allows me to bring my experience with yoga into my experiences with elementary education.  I also teach at many studios and the rec center over the summer.  When I’m not teaching or working with children I’m probably reading or doing yoga.
Excited for group ex classes to start? Any additional thoughts?
I’m very excited for group ex classes to start! It is always interesting to see what each new semester brings-hopefully some devoted yoga students!
For the full group exercise schedule, click here

Walking For A Cure: Maura Selahowski (Follow-up)

On August 17,  Maura Selahowski, Assistant Director of Marketing and Business Operations, completed the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk. She walked in memory of her sister, who passed away ten years ago from breast cancer. I think I can speak for everyone at the Rec and say that we are so incredibly proud of her.

Maura said it was “an awesome experience. People came out to cheer on all the walkers. Everyone was so kind.”

I asked Maura if she would participate in the walk again next year. Her answer? “Probably, yes!”

Maura is going to begin fundraising again soon. The minimum amount that a participant needs to raise in order to walk is $2,300. Maura raised $4,765!

“If that money helps one family not have to go through what my sister went through, it’s worth it all. It helps.”

Maura has shared some of her favorite photos from the event with us. Once again, we are SO proud of you Maura.


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Click here to read the original article.