Supporting Men’s Health with Mustaches


The men’s rugby club is replacing November in their calendars with Movember.

Movember was developed by The Movember Foundation to encourage men to grow out their mustaches for the entire month of November to spark conversations about men’s health and raise funds to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

“As a sports player, men’s health has a huge importance for me. To grow a mustache for Movember is like wearing a mouthguard in a rugby game; you must have it so you can tackle what is facing you. Prostate cancer is the team you don’t want to lose against, and to tackle it, you have your teammates with their mustaches.” Mickael Halin

The Rugby Club has gathered a group of 9 of their teammates and has raised 76$ out of the 100$ goal for the month.

This is the first year that the men’s rugby club is participating in Movember. “[It] is a fun and interesting way to promote men’s health. Also, who doesn’t love a good mustache!” says captain D.J. Pinneo.

Help support the cause by clicking the link below:

TOMORROW: The Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair

The Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair is happening tomorrow from 9:00am until 3:00pm. All Oakland University Faculty, Staff, and Students are welcome to attend!

This event brings together the OU Community and local businesses and organizations to promote the message of health and wellness.

Confirmed vendors include American Red Cross, Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Ecco Bella, EIght Gate Acupuncture, Intentional Yoga, Main Street Chiropractic Wellness Center, Wellpointe Sleep Diagnostic Center, Wildtree, Xtend Barre Rochester Hills, and many more!

You can find the complete schedule of events below. Please join us tomorrow! For additional information, visit our website.

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Employee Spotlight: Erin Armstrong


Job Title: IM Official

Major: Nursing

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

“Because I love sports.  I also love the people who tend to hang out at the Rec.  They are all so friendly and welcoming!”

What is your favorite part about working at the Rec?

“My coworkers are the best! They make work fun! I also really like being around sports, it makes work not feel like a job.”


Favorite Rec activities?

“My favorite activities at the Rec is playing all of the intramural sports!”

What skills are you learning while working at the Rec that will help you in the future?

” I am learning time management, adaptability, and how to compromise and work with others.”

What did you want to be when you were younger?

“I wanted to be a vet when I was younger.”

Fun fact about yourself?

“A fun fact about me is that I am hopefully going to be getting a few dreads in my hair in less than a month!”

Employee Spotlight: Nick Mardeusz


Job Title: IM Official

Major: Biology

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

“Nice on campus job. Love sports. Wanted to get involved.”

What is your favorite part about working at the Rec?

“Getting to meet new people and being able to use the wonderful facilities.”

Favorite Rec activities?

“Getting involved with all the sports. Dodgeball, basketball, flag football, etc.”


What are skills that you’re learning while working at the Rec that will help you in the future?

“Better understanding of sports that will help me to teach my kids the correct way to play the sports they wish to do.”

What did you want to be when you were younger?

“I wanted to be a middle school teacher.”

Fun fact about yourself?

“I am a freshman from Livonia, and I have one sibling who is 17 months younger than me.”

Employee Spotlight: Ben Schmitter


Job Title: 

IM Official


Health Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

“I wanted to work at the Rec because my entire life I have been participating in sports and I wanted to work where they would take place.”

What is your favorite part about working at the Rec?

“My favorite part about working at the Rec would be the people I work with.”


What skills are you learning while working at the Rec that will help you in the future?

“With school and work, I’m learning to balance the work load and I am becoming better at time management.”

What did you want to be when you were younger?

“When I was younger, I wanted to be an engineer like my dad, but as time progressed, I wanted to be a physical therapist.”

Fun fact about yourself?

“I have a hat collection of over 50 hats.”

Spotlight: Fitness & Wellness GA Erin Davidson


Where did you do your undergrad? What did you study? 

I went to Grand Valley State University and got my B.S. in Health Professions.


What are you getting your Master’s in?

I am getting my Master’s in Exercise Science.


What do you do as the Fitness & Wellness Graduate Assistant? 

My primary role is to help manage the group exercise instructor staff. Some of my responsibilities include: making the group exercise schedule each semester, hiring new staff, coordinating fitness/wellness events around campus, teaching group exercise classes, and I also work on marketing materials for campus recreation.


Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I first started working in campus recreation as a freshman at Grand Valley State University and I fell in love with it. It is such a positive atmosphere to work in.  I enjoy planning, teaching, and being surrounded by people who are working to better themselves and others both physically and mentally.


What is the most exciting aspect of your job?

I have freedom to be creative and work on projects that I think will help campus recreation grow. I also really enjoy teaching group exercise classes. It is rewarding to watch students achieve their goals and have fun while doing it.


When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a singer/actress!


What are your plans for once you’re done with school?

I want to continue to work at a university within campus recreation in a coordinator or director position. I also hope to teach higher education.


Fun fact about yourself?

I love to travel! It is my goal to travel to every state in the US (I am getting close!).


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!