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.

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!”

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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!