Employee Spotlight: Melany Wiczorek

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Introducing Melany! Since August 2015 Melany has been working as a Building Manager for the Rec. Currently in her sophomore year, she is a biomedical science major

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

The Rec seemed like a great place to work. Everyone has a positive attitude and it’s a place where people go to have fun.

How did you choose your major?

I’ve always been interested in medicine and helping people. I think it’s so interesting how the body works!

What is your favorite part about working at the Rec?

My coworkers! I like everyone I work with and we are all one big family. If I’m having a bad day, work always cheers me up.

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

Learning how to be decisive and talk to difficult people.

What are your favorite Rec activities?

GroupX classes are my favorite! They make working out fun and you can do them with friends.

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

I like to read in my spare time and be outside when the weather is nice.

What are you looking forward to?

Learning as much as I can at OU and making friendships that will last a lifetime.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to graduate from OU and go to medical school where I can become a cardiologist.

Fun Fact:

I help teach Anatomy lab on campus and I love it!

Be My Yoga Valentine

Yoga Valentine Facebook CoverOn Thursday, February 11 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. the first ever Be My Yoga Valentine event will be taking place at the Rec! Come try partner yoga at this new event with your partner, friend, or even stranger! This event will not be just an average yoga session. Instead, it will be something completely new! This event is suited perfectly for those who have never or rarely tried yoga, as well as those who are searching for a fresh and exciting yoga experience.

Erin Davidson will be leading the session, beginning with some sun salutations and moving into partner poses with your fellow yogi. Participants will be encouraged to try new things. Laughter will ensue as participants will try new yoga poses in a candlelit room with guided practice and using pros and your partner for assistance.

Be My Yoga Valentine is a FREE event and will take place in Studio 919. The class will be one hour long from 7:30-8:30 p.m. It is encouraged to bring your own yoga mat, but not required. If your partner is in not a member of the Rec Center, an $8 Guest Pass will need to be purchased for the class. So bring your partner, friend, or even stranger to this exciting, adventurous event! And of course, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, chocolate will be served following the class!

Employee Spotlight: Becky Van Sloten

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Back in August of 2015, Becky began working for the Rec. She is a junior majoring in nursing and is an Intramural Sports Supervisor!

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

The Rec is a fun environment that is a work out, stress relief, social life, and bundle of joy all in one. I saw all the friendships within the coworkers and wanted to be part of it with my best friend – shoutout to Erin.

How did you choose your major?

I chose nursing so that I could help the people that are normally set aside by society, and to build relationships with my patients that will impact them for a lifetime. I chose nursing when I was in Africa four years ago, and never regretted it since…well maybe once haha, but I love nursing!

What is your favorite part about working at the REC?

I love the people. You get paid to have fun. Literally the best job ever.

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

I’ve learned how to take control of situations, and find the balance between a supervisor and a friend.

What are your favorite Rec activities?

Volleyball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and if kickboxing doesn’t kill me, it can be on the list too.

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

I’m in nursing school, so I study. But I also enjoy spending quality laughing sessions with my friends, leading bible studies, and continually learning new things.

What are you looking forward to?

In my future, I think that if I can take a sad situation for someone, and bring joy will put a smile on his or her face, then that is what I will look forward to every day of my career.

What are your plans for the future?

I would find great joy working with children that have cancer along with their families, or becoming a medical missionary.

Fun Fact:

I love to knit.

#ThisisOUCampusRec: 2016 Lunch and Learns


Lunch and Learns are back and they are revamped ready to enlightened, inform and entertain during your lunch break.  This semester we are discussing the various ways food can contribute to your health and mental state and how to incorporate them into your daily lives.

Our first Lunch and Learn session, Nasty Nutrition Habits Revealed, will kick off Tuesday, February 2nd in the Wellness Classroom.  As the days seem to rush past us in one hectic blur, we oftentimes have to succumb to less than ideal food choices.  This session will bring awareness to the effects of consuming grab-it and go options and what this does to energy levels, physiology and metabolism.  As we recognize the traps we have the tendency of falling in to, we hope this will provide you with the knowledge that will guide you through the confusing processed food labels and help you make better and informed decisions in a snap.

Food For Thought…

The following session, on February 16th, focuses on the impact nutrition has on your brain.  Nutrition: Upgrade Your Brain, will reveal which foods can brighten your mood, encourage clearer thinking and create an overall happier and balanced you!  We will also be discussing small positive lifestyle which correlate with intentional nutrition and how this creates even greater control over your life!  With this session, discover the ability to live your life calmly, yet to the fullest.


Becoming the best version of yourself, requires consistency and sometimes strategic planning that takes time.  To make things easier we have taken even a deeper look inside nutrition and have studied which foods pack the biggest punch per bite.  Bringing us to the final session of the semester, Nutrition: Eating Fresh, March 1st.  Take a look at superfoods in a different light and see how you can incorporate them into your own daily lives, making Hippocrates, the father of medicine, proud!

Cooking Demonstrations!

In addition to learning the positive impacts various foods can have, you can now discover how to implement them first hand during our cooking demonstration, Monday, February 15th, at 2:00pm.  Presented by Priority Health, this demonstration will guide you through creative ways to utilize foods super-packed with nutrients to create delicious meals for the whole family.

Remember upon registering for each session, Well Points+ Members earn 5 points!

Huge Year for Men’s Rugby

Men's Rugby

This past fall semester has been the biggest yet for the Men’s Rugby club team. They dominated on the field with a 4-2 record, which included a season opening win over Ferris State 59-0. Their only losses were to #3 Grand Valley.  Not only was the team very successful on the field, with MVPs DJ Pinneo and David Murray leading the way, but the team found ways to give back to the community too. The team hosted a Movember event, which helps to raise awareness of men’s health issues, that raised over $700 this past fall. This year the Men’s Rugby team has the most active members in school history, and they still keep close ties with the alumni. In August, they hosted their annual alumni game which brought together members of past and present teams.

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The Rugby team at their Movember event.


Their success was noted on Goff Rugby Report, a popular rugby website, for the first time ever! They had stories written about their huge shutout of Ferris State, 59-0, for performances by DJ Pinneo and Florent Sarps in their 66-5 win over Ferris State, and for Kurt Ryan and DJ Pinneo being named two of the top players in the D2 Fall season.

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OU Rugby annual alumni game in August.


This team is bringing attention to Rugby at OU and is looking forward to a big 2016 season. They are hoping to be ranked in D2, which they haven’t been able to do yet! Captain DJ Pinneo says that they owe a ton of their success to their coach Pete Kohen and their president Mika Halin.

If you are interested in learning more about Men’s Rugby at OU or want to support the team at their games go to their Facebook page, or contact team president at ourfc05@oakland.edu. You can also follow them on Instagram @rugbyatou

Employee Spotlight: Gabby Arambula


Gabby has graced the Rec with her brilliant smile and awesome personality since the Fall of 2014!  She is a junior this year and is majoring in WHP and Injury Prevention.  You will find Gabby in the Member Services Department working the front desk!

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I wanted to get more involved on campus and I loved being active and thought why not give it a shot.

How did you choose your major?

I originally was an Anthropology Criminal Justice major but realized I couldn’t do anything with that, so my friend had recommended WHP and I have liked it ever since!

What is your favorite part about working at the REC?

I love the staff!  Everyone I get to work with is great.  We have a great group of people.

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

Communication skills and problem solving.  

What are your favorite Rec activities?

GroupX for sure.  I love cycle!  I also participated in a lot of Zumba last semester and the Six Pack Attack class.  Also, I enjoy IM sports and am part of the running club.

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

I like to organize, relax, drink coffee, and hang out with my friends.  But to be honest, I am typically working my other job.

How do you stay active and healthy?

I watch what I eat especially because I am lactose intolerant and I stay active by running and strength training. 

What are you looking forward to?

Seeing what I can do with the opportunities that come my way and finishing out the time I have left here on a good note.

Fun Fact: I eat the skin of grapes first before I eat the whole grape. 

#ThisisOUCampusRec: Winter ACE Personal Training Prep Course

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Make a change in someone else’s life by becoming a personal trainer.   The Rec Center is offering a course that includes practical hands-on experience to get you prepared for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam.   The course will be held on Tuesdays in the Wellness Classroom from 6:30pm to 9pm beginning January 26th and is an eight-week program. While this method aids in grasping a better understanding of applied kinesiology, this class will cover the process of building a meaningful rapport with a client, making this an incredibly satisfying career choice.

Trainers practice close interaction with clients, which requires the ability to recognize behavioral change and better understand health psychology. Learn about what inspires a client to push past their perceived limitations, while encouraging the discipline of nutrition.

In addition to client rapport, the course focuses on human anatomy, nutrition, as well as, resistance training, cardiorespiratory training, performance training and functional training (assessments, programming and progressions for posture, movement, core, balance and flexibility.)

Don’t pass up this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge within the health and fitness world, while making a difference in other’s lives.

Cost for students are $50 and $75 for non-students. Those who attend are strongly advised to adhere to the scheduled classes 100%. Register at the Welcome Center!

Visit our website for more information!