Employee Spotlight: Shakaree Lewis


Job Title: Service Desk, Facility Attendant

Major: Social Work

What is your favorite part about working at the Rec?

“Meeting new people!”

Favorite Rec activities?


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

“How  to patient when talking to different people will diverse backgrounds.”

What did you want  to be when you were younger?

“A pediatrician.”

What have you done this summer? What are you looking forward to?

“I’ve been to three Tiger games. My friends and I planned to go to out of state, but it didn’t happen. So we packed bags and pretended we were out of state. We went to Novi! I’ve been to several waterparks, and it’s funny because I can’t even swim! August 1-4, I went to Miami for my birthday with my friends.”

Recreation Leadership Council

Recreation Leadership Council is beginning to plan for the school year. I got the chance to talk to the e-board to find out what students can look forward to if they become active members of the club!

The e-board includes..

Charlotte Budd – President

Christina Luczak – Vice President

Gretchen McNitt – Secretary

Dakota Gordon – Treasurer

The overall goal of the e-board  this year is to increase student participation by getting more students actively involved.

Why should students get involved with RLC?

  • To gain leadership experience
  • Make memories and meet students from different departments
  • To learn about Department of Campus Recreation
  • To enhance a resume
  • To help students with future endeavors and events that they will experience throughout the rest of their college experience and beyond

What does Recreation Leadership Council have planned for this year? The E-Board said meeting dates will be determined based on a poll of when the most students can attend. They hope to have at least one fundraiser.  Ideally, they will adopt a family during the holidays. The e-board would like to plan a social during the fall and winter and have an end of the year ‘thank you’ event for all members.

This summer, the e-board was supposed to travel to other university Campus Recreation Centers. It fell through, so they are hoping to make the trip this fall.

Charlotte, RLC President, said her personal goals include increasing active membership, accomplishing the e-board members’ goals, and making sure everyone is enjoying their time with Recreation Leadership Council. She said, “I would like for everyone to be a tight knit group, work together, and have fun, all while being a successful club, completing tasks, and getting work done!”

Get involved this year! Learn more about RLC at Staff Training August 26-28.

How To Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Life

I spend a majority of my day at work. When I get home, all I want to do is rest. But I know that I need to get some physical activity in. My job consists of sitting in front of a computer. I post on Facebook. I tweet. I blog. But when do I get to get some movement in?

Here are some ways I’ve found to get some activity in, even when it seems like your schedule doesn’t allow for it.

  1. Exercise during the commercials of your favorite show

Think about it. If you watch an hour long program, the show is actually only 40 minutes. That means you can exercise for 20 minutes, broken up.

  1. Walk or bike to the store.

Trying to make BBQ chicken and salad for dinner and you realize you’re all out of a key ingredient?  Walk or bike to the store! Obviously not everyone can do this, but if you live close enough to the grocery store, give it a try.

  1. Get in the groove.

You would be surprised how far a killer playlist can go. Make a killer playlist and go for an evening walk. A little activity is better than no activity.

  1. Exercise BEFORE work.

Obviously this is easier said than done. Wake up a little bit early and get your exercise in before you head into the office (Make sure you shower before you go though).  I’ve tried it recently, and I found  that I went into work feeling refreshed, energized, and ready for the day!

  1. Find something you enjoy.

You’ll be much more determined to actually exercise if you actually enjoy what you’re doing. Not a big fan of really intense, sweaty Crossfit classes? Try yoga or pilates. Hate running on the tread mill, but love running? Try running outside. There are SO many options out there. You just need to find one that suites  you.

Hopefully these ideas help you fit exercise into your busy schedule!


Employee Spotlight: Kelsey Martin


Job Title: Welcome Center Attendant

Major: Elementary Education

Favorite part about working at the Rec?

“Interacting with guests. I get to see everyone who comes in the building and meet a lot of people.”

Favorite Rec activities?

“Zumba and running on the treadmills.”

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

“Being able to handle tough customer service problems and people skills. The people skills will help with teaching.”

What have you done this summer? Looking forward to anything else?

“I went to Iowa for the 4th of July! I had fun. We saw lots of fireworks. I’m going to Texas for job hunting and to visit family.”


Walking For A Cure: Maura Selahowski


Recreation Center Assistant Director Maura Selahowski lost her sister to breast cancer ten years ago. This year, in memory of her, Maura will be walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. Starting on August 15, she will walk 60 miles.

She won’t be walking alone. Maura will be walking along side a former Recreation Center student employee, Sarah Minard. Sarah has been participating in the 3-Day walk for the past 10 years, in honor of Maura’s sister.

Every walker must raise $2,300 to participate. Maura has raised almost $5,000.

Maura has been training on her own.  She has attended a couple training sessions with groups of 50-60 women. One woman who has participated in the 3-Day walk before gave her a bit of advice. “Don’t feel bad if you don’t finish. It’s really about raising money for cancer research. Sometimes people think you’re a failure if you don’t finish but your real commitment is raising the money. That’s what’s important.”

Maura is incredible excited and terrified at the same time. She said, “I’m hopeful I can do it.”

The route has not been announced yet, but there is an opening ceremony on Friday August 15. The walkers will then walk 20 miles, with pit stops on the way. That night they will camp out. There will be food, activities, and hot showers available to participants. Saturday, participants will walk 20 miles and camp out again. On Sunday, they will walk the final 20 miles and attend a closing ceremony.

Maura’s final thoughts? “If the amount of money I’ve raised saves one person or family from going through what my sister went through, it’s worth every single step.”

We wish her the best of luck as she partakes in a life-changing three days!

11 Tips to Make Your First Year of College Easier

Moving away to school can be really scary. You may not know anyone. You may be unfamiliar with the city. I sympathize with any fears incoming freshman may have. When I decided to come to Oakland University three years ago, I was afraid, too. I didn’t know anyone at the school and I knew nothing about the area. But I found ways to make the transition a little bit easier.

1. If you live in the dorms, talk to your roommates and floor-mates. Chances are, they don’t know anyone either. You don’t need to go through this big change alone. Make friends with the people living closest to you. Some of my fondest memories from living in the dorms are with the people who lived just down the hall from me.

2. Go to any events happening on campus. During Welcome Week,  there are so many awesome things happening around campus. Gather up a group of your new friends and explore! You’d be surprised the things you could discover around campus and the people you’ll meet.

3. If you’re nervous about making sure you get to class on time, take a walk. Grab your schedule and figure out exactly where your classes are. That way when the first day of class rolls around, you’re not wondering where Pawley Hall is. You just know.

4. First day of class…. I’d like to preface this by saying I can remember being absolutely terrified on the first day of class. Are my professors going to be really mean? Is my class going to be way too hard? Am I going to be the weird kid sitting in the corner with no friends? Am I going to fail out of college?

Now – I understand it’s okay to be worried. But don’t be. A majority of professors are very sympathetic during the first few classes, especially to freshman. Once again, chances are,  the other students in your classes are probably thinking the same things! You are not alone.

5. Talk to your professors. I know this seems lame, and you don’t want to be the “teacher’s pet”. College is not like high school in that sense. It’s actually cool to talk to your professors. Get extra help. Ask questions. Having a good rapport with your professors means they’ll be able to write letters of recommendation for you for that scholarship you need. You’ll be able to go back to them if you need extra help in the future. Trust me – talk to your professors whenever you can.

6. Keep a planner. This was a life saver for me. Write down any reading assignments, papers, tests, and quizzes beforehand. Plan accordingly.You’ll thank yourself later.

7. Join a club! Join a sports  team! Join a sorority or fraternity! Oakland University has SO much to offer. The Rec’s website lists all the club and intramural sports teams and how to get in contact with them. Find something you love and pursue it. That’s what college is all about!

8. Take pictures. You’ll want to remember every night out and every night in, running around the dorms.

9. Take your schoolwork seriously. If you blow off the beginning of the semester, you’ll be swamped at the end. Do yourself a favor and stay on top of your homework (which is why you should keep a planner). You’re paying thousands of dollars each year to be at school. Why waste that? Learn as much as you can. Absorb every bit of knowledge possible.

10. If you’re living far away from home, make sure you still talk to your family! Phone calls and Skype calls are life savers. Make trips home whenever you can. Even though you’re a big, bad college kid now, you don’t want to forget where you come from. I think that’s really important.

11. Just breathe. It’s going to be okay. There is no fear that you can’t face and there’s no problem that can’t be solved. There are so many amazing people at Oakland University and someone will be able to help you. Whether it’s your RA, OUPD, or a friend down the hall, someone is going to be there to help you sort things out.

I’d like to close this by giving you a quote from Frederick Buechner, an American writer and theologian. “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”

Keep that in mind, and enjoy your freshman year of college!

Why should I join an intramural sport this fall?

We’re here to help you answer that question!  We surveyed 207 intramural sports participants to find out more about how playing the sport has impacted their social life, grades, fitness, and more!

Here’s a breakdown of group we surveyed:


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Race / Ethnicity:

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About half of the survey participants lived on campus, and most of the students worked between 11-20 hours per week.

Fall sports include sand volleyball, softball, soccer, tennis singles, table tennis, flag football, OU Fit Challenge, 4-player volleyball, dodgeball, and 3-on-3 Grizzy Shootout! Winter sports include racquetball, badminton, table  tennis, indoor soccer, basketball, bowling, floor hockey, and more!

So through all of this, what did we learn?

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One student commented, “I love our program and how much it has grown the past four years that I have been here, and I personally cannot wait to see the next year and how amazing it will be.”

Playing an intramural sport offers students a way to meet other students and stay active! Consider joining a team this fall.

For a full list of intramural sports and more information, click here.

For a full list of club sports and more information, click here.