#ThisIsOUCampusRec: RAOC – Track Now Open!

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The wait is finally over. The Recreation and Athletic Outdoor Complex is now fully operational, complete with a brand new 400m outdoor track! The RAOC is open Monday through Friday 11am to 8pm and Saturday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Featuring 8 tennis courts (4 with overhead lights), a super field with marked lines for women’s and men’s lacrosse and soccer, and a 8-lane tartan track surrounding a 70X120 field also marked for soccer, you will never run out of ways to stay active.  There are multiple fields located around campus as well including, 2 40X100 yard North-South artificial turf fields located on Rec East and Rec Central, a 40X1000 yard North-South artificial turf field on Rec West and 2 softball fields located on Rec South and Rec East. Students and members with a valid ID have access to both the outdoor and the indoor facilities.

There will be an attendant stationed outside the track to grant access to students. Guest passes are valid at the RAOC, but must be purchased at the Welcome Center at the Rec.

Drinking fountains and equipment checkout stations are on sight, as well as Men, Women, and gender neutral restrooms.

So get out there and get active with this state of the art facility as you enjoy the sunshine!

Employee Spotlight: Brianna Scally

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Brianna starting working at the Rec center in September 2012 as a fitness attendant and personal trainer.  Her major is Health Sciences with a concentration in exercise science and as a senior this year, she is looking forward to leaping into the unknown as she ventures out into the real world.10530754_829233567089856_254792851548538988_n (2)

Why did you choose your major?

I was genuinely interested in the health field.  I loved working out and helping others achieve their fitness goals.

What is your favorite part about working here?

The people.  I met my roommate here and a few of my best friends.  It’s a welcoming environment.

What transferable skills have you acquired that will help you in the future?

Costumer skills.  Patience is a huge one.  learning how to have a positive attitude even in not ideal situations and being more outgoing.

What are your favorite Rec activities?

Personal training working out.

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?

Sleeping, working out, hanging out with friends and reading.

How do you stay active and healthy?

I workout all the time.  I do a lot of cardio and strength training.  I currently training for a tough mudder in September.

What are you looking forward to?

Graduating in December and finally finding a career that I love.

What are your plans for the future?

Throwing myself into the void and see what happens… Just getting out there and experience new things.

Fun Fact:  I’m terrified of Oceans… primarily whales.

#ThisisOUCampusRec: The Welcome Center

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Welcome Center

The Welcome Center is available to students from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and stays open all weekend, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. It oversees membership enrollment, ID check-ins and is staffed with knowledgeable employees to answer any questions you may have regarding the facility.

The Welcome Center can provide memberships to anyone who is interested in spending their workouts in a safe, clean, high-functioning facility. To learn more about memberships at the Rec, please visit our website.

The welcome center also distributes equipment when the service desk is closed.

Employee Spotlight: Kristin Tencza

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Kristin is a junior here at OU, studying Communication. She began working at the Rec Center as a Member Services attendant last August and has enjoyed working here ever since.

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

To get more involved on campus and to contribute to my personal growth as well as the growth of the facility.

What is your favorite part about working here?

Being able to work with exceptional co-workers and being immersed in an all-inclusive, loving, and caring environment. I like being able to work in an environment that I am passionate about.

What transferrable skills have you acquired that will help you in your future?

I have improved my communicative skills while working here. I have gained leadership skills and acquired problem solving skills.

What are your favorite Rec activities?

GroupEx and RLC (obviously RLC, I love RLC!). I also love the professional development series.

What GroupEx classes have you taken?

Dance Strength Combo, Tabata, Zumba, Yoga, AGT, and Total Body Sculpt.

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?

I love to read, I love to meditate, and I love to run and work out.

What are you reading right now?

The Master Key System.

How do you stay active and healthy?

I stay motivated through my spiritual work and I work out everyday – I also run.

How did you choose Communication as your major?

I am very passionate about helping and inspiring others and because I believe I have finely tuned communicative skills.

What are you looking forward to?

The future! Everything about the future I’m looking forward to.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I have taken seven years of piano lessons.

#ThisIsOUCampusRec: Nutrition Consultations

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The Rec Center provides opportunities for employees to nail down their fitness goals and improve their health through the help of nutrition consultations. Debra Cavender, RD is the on-sight consultant who will create a personal health-plan that is specific to your needs. She will help you gain the understanding of the science on how appropriate nutrition works with your body in order to experience increased energy, alertness and weight loss. It has been found that many health issues can be improved by developing correct eating habits and can avoid expensive medications and trips to the doctor’s office. Nutrition Consultations are available for OU Benefits Eligible Employees by appointments only. The consultation lasts a duration of 45 minutes and no cost to you! Summer 2015 dates of consultations are June 10th, July 7th, July 28th and August 11th and will be held in the Conference room at the Rec.

Be Well Points+ Members earn 10 points per consultation.

Nutrition Consultation Cancellation Policy: Any employee wishing to cancel their appointment must do so within 48 hours of their scheduled appointment time.  Cancellations may be made by calling Stephanie Willis at 248.370.4968 or email at willis@oakland.edu with no penalty.  Any persons making a cancellation less than 48 hours in advance will be prohibited from booking another nutrition consultation for 6 months past the date of their original appointment. 

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NEW Employee Spotlight: Jenny Rosonke

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Jenny began working for Campus Recreation as a Member Services Attendant this past April. She will be a sophomore in the fall and is studying Business Administration. Jenny is also a collegiate athlete, playing for the women’s soccer team.

What made you choose Business Administration as your major?

I chose it kind of by elimination – I don’t like biology, chemistry, or other sciences, but I do like accounting, so I figured business would be good.

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

It was an on-campus job, which is a plus – I live on campus. It was a fun place to be and the atmosphere is great.

Even though you just started here not too long ago, what has been your favorite part about your job?

My co-workers and the people that come talk to me while I am working at the Service Desk.

What transferrable skills have you gained or do you think you will gain as a result of working here?

Working with money will give me cash register skills and also dealing with people in different situations.

What are your favorite Rec Activities?

Intramural Sports – basketball and ultimate frisbee.

When you’re not at the Rec, what are some things you like to do?

I like to read, I like to sleep, hang out with friends…

What’s the last good book you read?

The Kite Runner.

What are you looking forward to?

Pre-Season for soccer in the beginning of August.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I have a cat, but he’s more like a dog. He has a leash and plays fetch.

#ThisIsOUCampusRec: Indoor Track

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4 lanes and 1/10 of a mile, the indoor track is open as long as the Rec is! Not as monotonous as the treadmill, but more cushioned on your joints than running outside on asphalt, utilizing the indoor track can be an excellent option to add to your workout routine. Accurately track your distance and always ensure safe footing. Experience the indoor track today! #ThisisOUCampusRec.