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Faces of RecServ

We have amazing people that work for Recreational Services. Faces of RecServ will highlight some of these staff who make all sorts of awesome things happen across the department and for our members.

Josie Caskey

Josie

Position: Membership Services

Year/Major: Junior, Health & Human Physiology

Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa

How long have you worked for us? Since August 2016.

What have you learned working here? Since working here I have learned the importance of communication and time management.

Something interesting about yourself: I'm allergic to chapstick.

What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends and family, as well as run and bake!

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a Member Service Attendant? That the people of RecServices are really fun and upbeat and it's a great environment to work in! 

Any plans after graduation? I hope to go to graduate school to get a Masters in Public Health.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Peanut Butter M&M's, definitely. 

What Josie's Supervisor has to say about her: Josie is a wonderful employee and we are so lucky to have her on staff!  She always has a smile on her face and really tries to make sure the patrons at the CRWC feel welcomed! Thank you Josie for your positive attitude and all the hard work you do to make the CRWC an awesome place!


Past Faces of RecServ

Henry Hartzler | Beth Anderson | Jordynne Knipper | Eric Ruttenberg | Cesar Perez | Matt Hartzell | Meghan O'MalleyJeremy De Jesus | ​Babs Newhall | Pete SimonChristina Yuen | Sam Dennis | Brett Larkin | Laurynn Mossman | Olivia Miller | Bridget Melloy | Wenbo Zhang | Brittany Lynam | Darien Buford | Nick Burrell | Jessica White | Rebecca Robinson 


Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

Position: Lifeguard and Event Technician

Year/Major: I'm a 5th Year majoring in Interdepartmental Business

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

How long have you worked for us? I have been working for Rec Services for almost 4 years now!

What have you learned from working here? I've learned a lot about communication and time management from working with Rec Services.

Something interesting about yourself: I've played club water polo at Iowa for 5 years.

What do you do in your spare time? Hang with my two super cute kitties!

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a Lifeguard/Event Technician? That the staff is the best! Seriously, everyone you work with is so fun and definitely make the long meet shifts go by faster.

Any plans for after graduation? I plan to move back to Chicago for work and hopefully play in an adult polo league with some friends.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Definitely Pineapples.

What Rebecca's Supervisor has to say about her: Rebecca has worked for Recreational Services as a Lifeguard since Fall of 2013 and more recently began working as one of our Equipment Technicians during Special Events. She knows aquatics through and through. I can’t speak highly enough of her, she always has a great attitude, is always thinking of positive ways to improve our programs, and is a genuinely kind and caring person who is always willing to help out! Even with graduation on the horizon she stays focused on her job and is thoughtful in her work. She will be greatly missed after her graduation (along with conversations about her cats (Ed and Nicki) and all animals in general!).


Jessica White

Jessie white

Position: Intramural Supervisor

Year/Major: Junior, Speech and Hearing Science Major

Hometown: Worthington, IA

How long have you worked for us? I have worked for Rec Services for 3 years.

What have you learned from working here? I have learned leadership skills as well as conflict resolution.

Something interesting about yourself:  I have never been on an airplane.

What do you do in your spare time?  In my spare time I volunteer with my Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, watch Netflix (Frasier, Cheers, or House are my go-to's), and hang out with friends.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working for intramurals? I wish everyone knew how small and close-knit and funny our staff is. 

Any plans for after graduation?  Hopefully Graduate school and then a career in Speech Pathology.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?  I would eat meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy. 

What Jessica's Supervisor has to say about her: Jessie is a leader on the Intramural Sports staff. We can always turn to her for extra help when we need it, and we know that when she is working things are going to be done the right way. She has been an invaluable asset to our program, and we’re thankful to have her. - Tommy Schorer, Associate Director - Sport Programs


Nick Burrell

Nick has been a phenomenal addition to the #recservfam. He is a Personal Trainer and a Group Fitness Instructor and loves what he does. Nick has been nominated for both #FacesofRecServ and our Personal Trainer of the Week. Congrats Nick!

Nick, Trainer

Position: Personal Trainer/ Group Fitness Instructor

Year/Major: Senior, BA. Health and Human Physiology

Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa

How long have you been working here? March of 2016

What have you learned from working here: I have learned the importance of working with a team that holds a common goal. Having that common goal makes everyone passionate about their job. You can never stop learning and the team I am apart of has shown how important learning is.

Something interesting about yourself: I use to play basketball in college while studying business for about 2-3 years. I did a really boring business internship and realized It was time to change my major to something more interactive.

What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time, I like to spend time with friends. I just started playing intramurals again for basketball with some fellow employees. I enjoy anything that keeps me active.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a Personal Trainer: I wish people knew how rewarding it can be to work as a personal trainer. You are able to build great relationships with such a diverse group of people., and you are able to watch those people accomplish things they never thought they could.

Plans after graduation: I have been accepted to graduate school at a couple different places, so just need to decide. I love learning about the human body and how it works. I will either study athletic training, neurobiology, or human physiology.

If you could eat any food for the rest of your life without any health consequences? I would for sure eat Hu Hot’s egg rolls every day twice a day. They are pretty bomb.

What Nick's supervisor has to say about him: Nick paves the way in new age, member-centric dedication for all fitness programs he works with.  He always, in all ways, strives to improve every situation, not just for himself, but the members he serves and colleagues he works with.  He has proven to be a very effective group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and leader because he applies teamwork, comradery, social facilitation, and fun into everything he does.  His scope of fitness is very broad for an individual his age, but what is more important is his ability to deliver these experiences to anyone!  What I respect most about Nick, is his “Grind”!  Nick is always busy doing something, however, every opportunity for him is a learning opportunity. I truly respect this young man and amazing coach!- Matthew Stancel 


Darien Buford

Darien has been a part of our Marketing & Design team for the past year, we couldn't do what we do without him! Thanks for all of your hard work. #recservfam

Faces of Rec, Darien

Position: Student Designer

Year/Major: Junior, Graphic Design

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

How long have you been working here? One year.

What have you learned from working here: Team work makes the dream work.

Something interesting about yourself: Although I work at the CRWC, I work out maybe once every two months...

What do you do in your spare time? If I had any, I'd work out!

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working for the Marketing & Design Department? Music is not a want, it's a NEED while working.

Plans after graduation: Hopefully get a job that is as sweet as this one.

If you could eat any food for the rest of your life without any health consequences? Pizza & french fries, can't choose between my two true loves.

What Darien's supervisor has to say about him: Overall Darien is a valuable member of our team. He brings skill and knowledge that improves the communication of our programming. Darien is eager to take on new challenge that in turn strengthen him as a designer. Darien's design skills continue to improve as his fundamentals improve. He is getting better with every project. There have been times when Darien has worked with little supervision and achieved positive results. I trust his problem solving abilities to come to the right conclusions. Darien has made effective relationships within the office and knows who to go to in order to get the job done. He sets a level of respect that is given and expected within our office that promotes teamwork and cooperation.  


Brittany Lynam

Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to Recreational Services over the past two years, Brittany! #recservfam

Brittany, faces of rec

Position: Sport Clubs Supervisor

Year/Major: Senior – Sport and Recreation Management

Hometown: Mount Prospect, Illinois

How long have you worked for us: 2 years

What have you learned from working here: I’ve learned the importance of communication, time management, and scheduling.

Something interesting about yourself: I’m a huge Chicago Cubs fan

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching sports, and cooking.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about sport clubs? There are SO MANY different sport clubs!! Sport clubs are a great opportunity to meet people and a fun way to stay active.

Plans after graduation: I’m currently in the process of finding a full time job for after graduation. I plan on working in Chicago in a position related to sport management.

If you could eat any food for the rest of your life without any health consequences? PIZZA

What Brittany's supervisor has to say about her: Since the day she started Brittany has been an asset for the Sport Club Program. While providing ‘behind the scenes’ support for the the Sport Club Program, Brittany always has a ‘can do’ attitude for whatever project gets thrown at her. Throughout her time with Sport Club’s she has had a hand in every facet of the program, from scheduling to financial operations to travel planning and everything in between. Every day she comes to the office with a smile and a problem-solving mindset; we’ll certainly miss her when she graduates this Spring.


Wenbo Zhang

Wenbo has been with Recreational Services about a year and a half now and has tackled 3 different positions with us while going to school. We are so thankful to have him on staff! #recservfam

Wenbo, Faces of rec serv

Position: Lifetime Leisure Skills assistant, Climbing Wall Staff, Outdoor Rental Center Staff

Year/Major: I am a senior majoring in Mathematics and Statistics. 

Hometown: Xi’an, China

How long have you worked for us? This is my third semester working at Rec Services.

What have you learned from working here? From working at Rec Services, I have learned leadership skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills and many other skills. Most importantly, working here gives me the opportunity to keep practicing and enhance my skills, also it inspired me to create International Student Outdoor Recreation Association.

Something interesting about yourself: I love to cook.

What do you do in your spare time? I like to go hiking with my friends and we go snowboarding during winter time. 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working at the Lifetime Leisure Skills Classes? They are really fun classes taught by amazing instructors, why not enjoy a weekend outside to make some new friends and get a college credit for it! This is also why I took nine of those before I became an assistant, make sure check out class code ‘LLS’ when you register for next semester!

Any plans for after graduation? After graduation, I am planning to go Australia to study secondary education and become a math teacher in the future.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Watermelon 

What Wenbo's supervisor has to say about him: Wenbo has worked with our LLS and Climbing Wall programs since 2015 and has contributed so much to our ever-growing community! His initiative, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for bringing people together are the things that impress me most about him. Not only is Wenbo a leader within Recreational Services, he is a leader across campus as well. As a founding member of the International Student Outdoor Recreation Association (ISORA), Wenbo has proven himself a bridge-builder by bringing together International and American students for shared experiences and exploration through outdoor adventures! We will miss him greatly when he graduates this semester, but are thankful for everything he’s done for our programs!


Bridget Melloy

Bridget is a HR Assistant at the CRWC. We love having her as a part of our hiring process for all employees at Recreational Services!

Bridget, HR Assistant

Position: Recreational Services Human Resources Assistant

Year/Major: Senior, Communication Studies/ Human Relations/ Leadership

Hometown: Cascade, IA

How long have you worked for us? 7 months

What have you learned from working here? I have learned so much since I have started working with Recreational Services, it’s truly hard to put into words. A few examples include basic human resources skills that will help me after graduation, time management, how to work well in team environments, and that hard work does pay off.

Something interesting about yourself: I went to Disney World four times in four years during high school.  The magic feeling never goes away!

What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends and family. I also love watching movies and shopping

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working at the CRWC? The work environment at the CRWC is fun, along with all the people!

Any plans for after graduation? After graduation, I hope to move to a larger city to further my human resources career.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? I feel like I eat tacos almost every day of my life already so I would have to go with any mexican food.

What Bridget’s supervisor says about her: Bridget is a superior employee and a major asset to our team. She always goes above and beyond to get the job done. Bridget helps oversee the hiring process for the Recreational Services part-time staff and plays a major role by helping make sure that our positions get filled in a timely manner. Bridget’s positive attitude, work-ethic, and overall joy for HR makes working with her a great experience. Thank you, Bridget! – Colton Smith


Olivia Miller

Olivia is a Facility Attendant at the CRWC. We can always count on Olivia to do her job and do it right. It's been a joy having her with us since August. Keep it up!

Olivia, Facility Attandant

Position:  CRWC Facility Attendant

Year/Major: Junior, Health & Human Physiology (Health Studies), Pre-Physical Therapy

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

How long have you worked for us? Since August 2016

What have you learned from working here? Working at the CRWC has taught me how to effectively communicate with a very diverse population and problem-solve in stressful situations.

Something interesting about yourself:  I know how to play four instruments and am a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band.

What do you do in your spare time?  I enjoy spending time with friends, marathon-ing TV shows on Netflix, and staying active.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working at the CRWC?  The CRWC is a great place to work because it is a fun, upbeat environment and every day offers a new challenge.

Any plans for after graduation? I hope to get into graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree in physical therapy and from there, who knows!

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Macaroni and cheese

What Olivia's supervisor has to say about her: Olivia has been a rock star for us since she started in August. Our student supervisors cannot say enough about how reliable, dependable, and hard-working Olivia has been as a Facility Attendant and I have to agree! We are lucky to have her as part of our CRWC family! 


Laurynn Mossman

Laurynn is a Head Lifeguard for our Aquatic Staff at the CRWC. She is extremely dedicated to her job and we are so thankful to have her as a part of the #recservfam. Keep up the good work Laurynn!

Laurynn, Head lifeguard

Position: Head Lifeguard

Year/Major: Senior/Health and Human Physiology: Health Promotion 

Hometown: Marion, Iowa

How long have you worked for us? 2 years

What have you learned from working here? A lot!! Most importantly leadership skills, time-management and a whole lot of patience!

Something interesting about yourself: I have never broken a bone before. I fractured my big toe my freshman year of basketball, but that's it. 

What do you do in your spare time? Bake some sort of cookies or cook good food! 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working at the CRWC? It's a great place to work that is conveniently on campus and forces you to work out before/after a shift since you're already at the gym. I've met a lot of great people working here!

Any plans for after graduation? Attending Iowa State University in Summer of 2017 to pursue my degree in dietetics because Iowa doesn't have a dietetics program :(. 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Heyn's Monster Mash Ice Cream (seriously you have to try it). 

What Laurynn's supervisor has to say about her: Laurynn is one of the most professional students I have had the opportunity to work with. She puts forth not only a strong work ethic and dedication to our department, but truly cares about the job she does daily. She is extremely organized, focused and driven to get her job done. Most of all, she is a pleasure to work with! - Allison Hursh, asst. director of Aquatics


Brett Larkin

Brett is one of the amazing Facility Supervisors at the HTRC. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you have put into the #recservfam over the past 2 years.

Brett Larkin, HTRC Supervisor

Position: Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex Supervisor

Year/Major: Senior, Ancient Civilization and Sociology

Hometown: Clinton, IA

How long have you worked for us? 2 years

What have you learned from working here? I have learned cross-cultural interaction skills.

Something interesting about yourself:  I am a Research Assistant for the University of Iowa Center for the Study of Group Processes.

What do you do in your spare time? Workout and ride motorcycles with my roommates.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working at the HTRC? While working at the HTRC you are able to interact with people ranging from community professionals to young children, requiring strong interpersonal skills.

Any plans for after graduation? I will be an Army 2nd Lieutenant in December.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?  Subway Sandwiches.

What Brett's supervisor has to say about him: Even though Brett works as a Research Assistant in a different department, is heavily involved in the Army ROTC program and going to school full time, he still finds the time to work extremely hard as a Facility Supervisor at the HTRC. Brett takes his job very serious and is always willing to help us out when we are in a bind or short staffed. We greatly appreciate his hard work and dedication that he consistently exhibits while fostering a positive attitude. Brett will be missed when he graduates! - Brigham Phillips


Henry Hartzler

When Henry graduates next spring, we might have to hire five people to replace him because he pretty much works in ever single area of our Outdoor program including the Climbing Wall, Wildlife Camps, Challenge Course, and helping with Lifetime Leisure Skills classes! Even though he's a busy guy he still managed to take a few minutes to tell us about himself and get a quick photo at the wall. Thanks to Henry for sharing your passion for the outdoors with so many through Rec Services.

Henry Hartzler

Position: Climbing Wall supervisor, Challenge Course facilitator, Lifetime Leisure Skills assistant, Wildlife Camps instructor

Year/Major: Senior; Elementary Education with ESL and Spanish

Hometown: Byron, MN

How long have you worked for us? This is my 4th year working for Rec Services; I began as a first-semester freshman.

Your work for a lot of areas within our outdoor programs - do you have a favorite? My favorite positions in the outdoor programs are assisting with the Intro to Rock Climbing LLS classes and also working for the Wildlife Camps.

What have you learned from working in your numerous positions? I have learned the importance of taking initiative and communication between coworkers.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in the outdoors? Working in the outdoors helps you to prioritize what is important in life. When I'm climbing, the only thing that matters is trying not to fall - everything else fades into the background.

What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time, I take rock climbing trips with friends in the University of Iowa climbing community.

Where’s your favorite outdoor space in or around Iowa City? Macbride Nature Recreation Area

Any plans after graduation? After graduation, I will be teaching English in a Spanish-speaking country either through Fulbright or the Peace Corps.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? I would eat Xiao Long Bao, a type of Chinese dumpling, every day for the rest of my life.

What (one of) Henry's supervisors says about him:  Henry is actively involved in every single area of the Outdoor Programs and does an absolutely incredible job! He brings tons of creativity, enthusiasm, and a strong passion for sharing his knowledge with others. His energy is contagious and our students, participants, and campers all love him! - Steve Campbell, Assistant Director - Lifetime Leisure Skills and the Challenge Course


Beth Anderson

Beth is one our talented student marketing assistants who has been an integral part of Rec Services' marketing, communications, and outreach the past year and a half. We're lucky to have Beth in the #recservfam!

Beth, Faces of Rec

Position: Marketing Assistant

Year/Major: Senior studying Journalism & Mass Communications

Hometown: Clarinda, IA

How long have you worked for us? Almost a year and a half!

Favorite part of working for Rec Services: Definitely the people I work with, especially my supervisor, Kelly! Everyone is always in a great mood and willing to help you with any questions and advice you may need.

What have you learned from working here? Almost too much to put into words! My basic skills like time management, project management, and teamwork have improved. I'm also a lot more confident in my communication and marketing skills for my career post-graduation.

Tell us a little bit about what you do as a marketing assistant: I do a wide variety of things! I am always scheduling tweets, Facebook, and Instagram posts for upcoming events and activities. I also create and oversee marketing plans for a wide variety of areas. Marketing works closely with our graphic design team to create marketing pieces and it's fun to watch those come to life. I'm usually working on a lot of different projects at once but always having fun while doing it!

What is your dream job? My dream job would be producing TV shows and movies. I was really involved in theater in high school so I got a taste of it and I think it would be so fun!

What do you do in your spare time? Yoga and dogs are my two true loves. I practice yoga multiple times a week and spend a good chunk of time watching dog (specifically French Bulldog) videos.

Any plans after graduation? I plan to move to a bigger city like Chicago or Denver and pursue a career in public relations and/or marketing! I'm also excited to have more free time so I can do volunteer work and travel.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Corndogs, for sure.

What Beth's supervisor says about her:  Beth has been an absolute joy to have on the marketing team. She is outgoing, smart, and willing to try new things at the blink of an eye. We will miss her spunky personality after she graduates this year but I'm excited to see what the next chapter holds for her. - Kelly Teeselink, marketing coordinator


Jordynne Knipper

Jordynne is an incredible asset to our team and her customer skills are top notch. Thank you for all of your hard work at the Field House, Jordynne! 

Jordynne

Position: Field House Membership Attendant

Year/Major: Sophomore studying Health & Human Physiology: Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy

Hometown: Dyersville, IA

How long have you worked for us? Two semesters.

What have you learned from working here? Customer service goes a long way in my position as a membership attendant at the Field House. We are constantly interacting with students, faculty, and community members. I've realized how much they respect a worker with a positive attitude and confidence about their knowledge of the business they represent.

Something interesting about yourself: I worked as a summer camp counselor at Tripp Lake Camp in Poland, Maine. While there, I was a volleyball instructor and a land rover that got to assist in multiple different activities like field hockey, lacrosse, and softball. It was an experience that I never had as a girl and I got to see how camp friends are the best friends.

What do you do in your spare time? I am big on spending time with family and friends; therefore, in my free time, you could find me chasing around my nephew or chit-chatting with a group of my friends.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working at the Field House? The Field House membership attendants and facility supervisors are more than just co-workers. We are also study partners and most importantly, friends.

Any plans for after graduation? After my undergraduate graduate studies, I plan on attending a physical therapy program and pursuing a doctorate of physical therapy. From there, I plan on traveling the country, moving to a bigger city, and maybe opening up my own practice.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Peanut M&M's

What Jordynne's supervisor says about her: Jordynne is willing to do anything and everything to make our team stronger. She helps with hiring and training new employees, solving membership issues, and working with the staff to address any changes or problems that come up. More than that, she greets every customer with a friendly smile. - Shea McMurray, membership services coordinator


Eric Ruttenberg

Thanks for all your hard work the past three years, Eric! We're lucky to have you in the #recservfam!

Eric

Position: Intramural Official

Year/Major: Senior studying Business Analytics and Information Systems

Hometown: Wheeling, IL

How long have you worked for us? This is my third year working as an Intramural Official.

What have you learned from working here? Working as an official is a great way to learn interpersonal skills and communication skills. It also helps you learn to work in high pressure and fast-paced situations. It really teaches skills that you can apply to any field. I certainly will take what I have learned and use it in the business field once I graduate. 

Something interesting about yourself: My dad was also an intramural official at the University of Iowa when he went to school here.

What do you do in your spare time? I play a lot of volleyball and also love watching movies.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as an official? All of the officials are like a family. It may seem intimidating at first, but everyone here wants you to succeed and the program does a great job of training you and giving you the confidence you need both before your first shift and throughout the season. I learn something new almost every shift and have a great time working with the other officials.

Why did you decide to become an official? I had done some umpiring and basketball officiating in high school. My dad also was an official so he suggested that it was a good college job.

Any plans for after graduation? I have a job as a technology consultant that will start in June. Hopefully I can find a volleyball league to join and I may even try to ref some high school basketball in my spare time.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? I would definitely eat pasta every day if I could. There's so many different meals you can make with all the different noodles, sauces, cheeses and vegetables available that I could eat the same food a different way every day!

What Eric's supervisor says about him: Eric is an experienced intramural sports official who has demonstrated his dedication to learning the rules and understanding how to apply them to promote fairness with each game. - Mike Valentine, Intramural Sports coordinator


Cesar Perez

Cesar has been in the Rec Services family for almost two years and works for us as a head lifeguard. Thanks for all you do, Cesar!

Cesar Perez

Position: Head lifeguard

Year/Major: I am a Junior, majoring in Primary Education and Disability Studies.

Hometown: Aurora, Illinois 

How long have you worked for us? I have been working for Rec Serv since Fall Semester 2014. Almost 2 years! 

Favorite part of working for Rec Services: Working with all the other lifeguards and head guards! I know I will always expect a good laugh and great time for every shift I work! 

What have you learned from working here? I've learned a lot from working here. I've learned time management, responsibility, and more importantly, communication.  

Something interesting about yourself: One time, I ate two whole pizzas by myself. 

What do you in your spare time? Run outside!

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a head guard? I wish people knew how much experience you will get when you become a head guard. This job honestly teaches you many things including responsibility and communication skills which you can later use in the future. 

Why did you decide to become a lifeguard?  I became a lifeguard at age 16. I decided to become a lifeguard because I needed money and a job. I eventually figured out that I love helping others and being around a pool. 

Any plans/thoughts on what you’ll do after you graduate? I plan to do the program "Teach for America." After that, I plan to return to school and continue on with my disability studies. Hopefully work at a hospital for disabilities in the future.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Could I just eat all the foods and not have any health consequences? Pizza or Chipotle... too hard to decide.

What Cesar's supervisor has to say about him: Cesar has consistently set the bar high for the rest of our Aquatic Staff since he started working for us in the Fall of 2014. He always goes out of his way to help out in any way he can, he goes above and beyond what is asked of him, and he always has a positive attitude. He has contributed immensely to the success of our aquatics program as both a Lifeguard and a Head Lifeguard. We truly value the time, hard work and dedication Cesar has put forth as a member of our Recreational Services Staff, we are so lucky to have such a great person working with us every day. Thanks for all you do, Cesar! - Allison Hursh


Matt Hartzell

Matt has been in the Rec Services family for three years and works for us not only as an Intramural Sports Supervisor, but also as a Marketing Assistant! We're lucky he likes us so much.

Matt Hartzell

Position: Intramural Sports Supervisor, Marketing Assistant

Year/Major: Junior majoring in Sport and Recreation Management with an Entrepreneurial Certificate 

Hometown: Batavia, IL

How long have you worked for us? This is my third year working at Rec Services.

Favorite part of working for Rec Services: I just love all the people that I get to work with, from my coworkers to the participants. Everyone is so kind and friendly and always in a good mood. 

What have you learned from working here? I’ve learned a lot from working here, I’ve learned organizational skills, time management skills, and conflict resolution skills. There are so many different life skills that I have learned from this job, and ones that I never would have thought to be associated with this job. It’s crazy how much I have learned from working here. 

Something interesting about yourself: I have never been on a plane and have never been to the ocean.

What do you in your spare time? I like to hang out with my friends, cook, and be outside. 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as intramural supervisor? It’s a really fun job, sometimes it’s harder than it looks, but working here is a great and with flexible hours and great coworkers it’s probably the best job on campus.

Why did you decide to become an Intramural supervisor? I started out as an official and loved it. I really love sports and I wanted to do more than just officiate, I wanted more responsibilities and knew I could be a good leader. If I’m being completely honest…the sweat suits were a huge draw, I really wanted one!

Any plans/thoughts on what you’ll do after you graduate? Hopefully work in the sports industry for a professional sports team doing marketing or stadium operations. 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Could I just eat all the foods and not have any health consequences? If I have to choose it would have to be tacos. 

What his supervisor(s) has to say about him: 

Matt is a great leader for the Intramural Sports staff, and we can always count on him when we need some extra office help, or we need someone to help get things done. A lot of the newer staff members learn from him and see his dedication to the Intramural Sports program, which helps us develop younger staff. We’re definitely thankful for the work Matt does for Intramural Sports! - Tommy Schorer, assistant director

Matt is clearly passionate about what he does and it shows in his work. We're glad he decided he wanted to try the marketing side of things. His expertise on Intramural Sports is a huge help to the marketing team. - Kelly Teeselink, marketing coordinator


Meghan O'Malley

Meghan is currently in her fourth year with Rec Services, and has been doing an outstanding job as Head Lifeguard. We appreciate your work, Meghan!

Position: Head Lifeguard

Year/Major: Senior/Speech and Hearing Science

Hometown: Peoria, IL

How long have you worked for?: This is my fourth year working at Rec Services.

Favorite part of working for RecServ: Having the opportunity to attend and be a part of so many awesome events! For example, working the BIG 10 and NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships last spring was an amazing experience! 

What have you learned from working at RecServ?: Working at RecServ has taught me a lot different things, but I think the greatest lessons have been how to communicate with peers and supervisors, how to stay calm in stressful situations, and how to balance my schedule. 

Something interesting about yourself: I sneeze in multiples of 3.

What do you in your spare time?: Study and work on graduate school applications lately, but I love to volunteer, hangout with friends, cheer on the Hawkeyes, and watch Netflix when I can! 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a head lifeguard?: I think I wish that everyone knew how much experience one could gain and learn from being a head lifeguard. I say this because I think more people would want to apply to be a head lifeguard if they did! We get the chance to be the liaison between the lifeguards and the professional aquatics staff, which is super fun because we get to know and interact with so many people! 

Why did you decide to become a lifeguard?: I decided to become a lifeguard because I love helping others and being around the pool. I had been swimming competitively since the age of 7, so being a lifeguard seemed like a good fit for a first job when I was 15. 

Any plans/thoughts on what you’ll do after you graduate?: Go to graduate school to obtain a master's degree in speech-language pathology. Then, I hope to be a speech-language pathologist who works with children with hearing loss.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?: Ice cream! 

What her supervisor has to say about her: Meghan has worked for Recreational Services since her freshman year at Iowa-she has been around the block with our programs and events and has really had a great impact on them! Meghan is one of the most thoughtful people I know, she always puts her best foot forward, always wants to help out, and always does it with a smile on her face. She is graduating in December and will be moving on to bigger and better things, I think I can speak for all of our aquatics staff and say that we will miss her! Thanks, Meghan! - Allison Hursh


Jeremy De Jesus

Jeremy has been a trainer with us for two years at Rec Services and is known for his work ethic and building great relationships with clients. Thanks for all of your hard work, Jeremy!

Jeremy, Faces of RecServ, Trainer

Position: Personal Trainer

Year: I am a senior studying Exercise Science.

Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL

How long have you worked for us? Two years.

Favorite part of working for RecServ: Being able to make an impact on people's lives.

What is something you've learned from working for RecServ? Each trainer specializes in certain aspects of fitness and everyone has something to offer. With the fitness industry constantly evolving, I've learned that there is always room to improve and gain knowledge about other aspects of fitness.

Something interesting about yourself: I compete in natural bodybuilding contests.

What do you do in your spare time? When I'm not at school I always try to spend as much time with my family as possibly, especially my little sister. On the weekends, I DJ at Eden Lounge in Iowa City. I like to cook, play golf, and definitely like to Netflix and chill.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a personal trainer? That, especially now-a-days, they are so much more than personal trainers. Personal trainers have the potential to be life/health coaches, motivators, and someone who makes hugely positive impacts on their client's lives. Relationships built between personal trainers and their clients can turn into valuable, life-long relationships that is more than just working out at the gym.

What do you always have in your gym bag? Headphones, rice cakes, and pre-workout.

Favorite type of exercise: Lifting/resistance training, specifically bodybuilding training.

Plans after graduation: I plan on moving back home and working at a sports performance center, training high school athletes in the off-season. I eventually plan to move to California, where the fitness industry is the biggest, after I have saved up money.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? This one is almost impossible to answer! I'd have to go with donuts.

What his supervisor has to say about him: Jeremy has been an excellent asset to our team. Jeremy is a naturally born leader and his balance of compassion and toughness is perfect, especially in his role as a personal trainer.  Jeremy's dedication to others and to his own goals is incredibly admirable. I am blessed to have such a kind, talented, and hard working individual on our team. He truly is a genuinely nice gentleman and an amazing coach! -Angela Charsha-Harney


Babs Newhall

Babs started at Rec Services five months ago, but she's already making a name for herself as a top notch employee. Thanks to Babs for your work at the Field House!

Babs

Position: Membership Attendant at the Field House

Year: I am a junior studying Health and Human Physiology.

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

How long have you worked for us? Five months.

Favorite part of working for RecServ: Seeing so many different people come through, especially the cute little kids.

What have you learned from working at RecServ: I learned how to solve problems a lot faster.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a membership attendant?: We do a lot more here than just checking in people!

Something interesting about yourself: I know how to play three different instruments: clarinet, piano, and trumpet.

What do you do in your spare time? Read Buzzfeed.

Any plans/thoughts on what you’ll do after you graduate? Travel through Europe and go to grad school.

Some students might not even know the Field House exists – why should students go there when they have the CRWC down the street?  The Field House itself has many years of history to it.  Also it's a great place to play a variety of sports, and the fitness loft is nice for people who want something a bit smaller.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?  Frozen yogurt.

What her supervisor has to say about her: Babs is one of my best employees - she's responsible and friendly, and her positive attitude is infectious. We're lucky to have her at the Field House! - Shea McMurray


Pete Simon

Pete has been working at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center as a tennis instructor and at the front desk. As an instructor, he worked with both kids and adults - making him a very well-rounded teacher. Thanks to Pete for your work the past few years at the HTRC!

Pete

Position: Tennis Instructor/Membership at HTRC

Year: I am a senior and studying Psychology and receiving my entrepreneurial certificate.  

Hometown: Glen Ellyn Illinois 

How long have you worked for us? About 2 and a half years.

Favorite part of working for RecServ: The diverse group of people that I see and meet that come through our doors.

What have you learned from working at RecServ: Quick problem solving, how to communicate better with customers, as well as employees.

Tell us a little bit about what you do as a tennis instructor: In the past year I have taught individual and group lessons. My focus was on kids lessons but I do like leading the adult classes, too. I have switched over to working the front desk at the HTRC and I am currently teaching one kids class and 2 adult classes.

Something interesting about yourself: In high school, the student body elected me as best dancer for senior most.

What do you do in your spare time? Watch movies.

Any plans/thoughts on what you’ll do after you graduate? Make enough money to travel to Europe!

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?  Chocolate chip cookie dough.


Christina Yuen

Christina has been working for Rec Services for four(!) years! We are so lucky to have her on our team through her time at the University of Iowa. We'll miss her when she graduates! Thanks for your hard work and infectious positive attitude the past four years, Christina!

Christina

Position: Swim Lesson Coordinator

Year: I am a Senior graduating in May, studying Human Physiology with a minor in Psychology.

Hometown: Bolingbrook, Illinois 

How long have you worked for us? This would be my 4th year! I first worked as a swim instructor for 3 years and this is my first year as a swim lesson coordinator. 

Favorite part of working for RecServ: I really enjoy all the staff members! Everyone is so nice and great to work with. I have met many people from different backgrounds and its great to connect with such a variety of people. 

What have you learned from working at RecServ: Quick problem solving, how to communicate better with customers, as well as employees.

Tell us a little bit about what you do as a swim lesson coordinator: We do a variety of things! With our swim instructors we plan out their schedules, communicate to them on a weekly basis on certain events or private lessons that need to be taken. We set up equipment and deal with any questions with the swim lesson program as well as communicate with parents directly about any concerns they may have. We oversee swim lessons and make sure nothing goes wrong. 

Something interesting about yourself: I am the first generation in my family to be born in the United States as well as go to college. 

What do you do in your spare time? I like to work out, volunteer at the hospital, shopping, and a lot of Netflix.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a swim lesson coordinator? It is a great position that gives you a little glimpse of what dealing with customers, patients, or employees in the real world would be like. I think working as a swim lesson coordinator has helped me develop better communication skills. 

Any plans/thoughts on what you’ll do after you graduate? I hope to get into Graduate School for Physical Therapy and hopefully have my own practice. 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?  Dessert- anything that is sweet and covered in chocolate!

What her supervisor has to say about her: Christina has been a great asset to our staff over her four years with us; parents and children alike have always said only the best things about her. I would even venture to guess that a few of our swim lesson parents were pretty bummed that she got promoted to oversee staff instead of teach their children! I truly wish I could determine how many children and adults Christina has taught how to swim because that would be quite a large number-she has really made an impact on our program and most certainly our swimming community! Thanks Christina! - Allison Hursh, assistant director - Aquatics


Sam Dennis

Sam Dennis

If Sam Dennis looks familiar, it's because he's been working at the CRWC in Membership Services for almost two years! His supervisor, Betsy Recker, nominated Sam for Faces of Rec Serv because "he's an extremely dependable employee and a great friendly face for patrons. He is always positive and I can count on him for great customer service on a daily basis." We bet the patrons feel the same way! Thanks to Sam for all your hard work and being such a positive part of the Rec Services family. 

Watch the video below to learn more about Sam!