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.

Spring 2018 Faces of Rec Serv

Claire Eagan | Lizette Cruz | Amber Dauksas

Amber Dauksas

Position: CRWC Facility Attendant

Year/Major: Sophomore, Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Geneseo, Illinois

How long have you worked for us? Two Semesters

What have you learned from working here? I have learned how to do CRP!

What is something interesting about yourself? I was named Amber because my ancestors are from Lithuania, and amber is a fossil that washes up from the Baltic Sea.

What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy playing different golf courses and spending time outside.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position? The CRWC has the friendliest staff out there. Everyone is willing to help and dedicated to making the Rec a better place. 

Do you have any plans for after graduation? After graduation I want to start working as a ChemE and hopefully travel more often.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life, without any health consequences, what would it be? I love Hot Cheetos but the ingredient list is scary.

 

Lizette Cruz

Position: Field House Facility Supervisor

Year/Major: I am currently a senior here at the University of Iowa and I am majoring in Health and Human Physiology and I am also minoring in Psychology.

Hometown: Like almost half of this campus, I am from the suburbs of Chicago, more specifically I am from Bridgeview, IL.

How long have you worked for us? The year will be my third year working for Recreational Services.  

What have you learned from working here? Working here at the Field House has taught me how to use my resources and it has also helped me to develop networking skills. Charles Thomas, my supervisor, has helped me greatly throughout these past three years, but people such as Caleb, Mike Valentine, and Mallory Valentine have also helped me a ton too. The Recreational Services staff want to help you, you don't necessarily have to work for someone directly in order to receive that help, it's a matter of simply reaching out and asking for a hand. 

What is something interesting about yourself? I'm running my first half marathon this upcoming September!

What do you like to do in your free time? In my spare time, I like to run. I don't necessarily enjoy running, but I like to participate in activities that challenge me.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position? I wish everyone knew that the Field House is much more than an academic building or simply another facility to work out in. The Field House, to many of my patrons, is a second home. The Field House holds many stories and continues to create new ones day by day. I'm actually very sad that this spring will be my last semester working in the Field House.  Also, fun fact, the fourth floor of the Field House has an endless amount of racquetball courts. I feel like every time I walk up there, I seem to discover a new room.

Do you have any plans for after graduation? After graduation, I plan to further my education and attend an entry level doctorate program for Occupational Therapy. I haven't decided exactly where I'm going to school yet, but wherever I end up, I know it's going to be great! 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life, without any health consequences, what would it be? I dread this question, I have like five different favorite foods, but if I had to choose one, it would have to be a steak. A big juicy rib-eye stake served with a side of mashed potatoes

 

Claire Eagan

Position: CRWC Member Services Attendant 

Year/Major: I am a junior majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Human Relations and Aging Studies

Hometown: Spencer, Iowa

How long have you worked for us?  This is my 4th semester working at the CRWC.

What have you learned from working here?  Working at the CRWC as a member services attendant has greatly increased my customer service and communication skills. Working at the front desk I interact with an extremely diverse population and successfully communicating with a patron to solve their problems turns into a rewarding experience for not only the customer, but also myself. 

What is something interesting about yourself?  I am named Claire because my ancestors came from Clare County Ireland, although my mom added the "i" to make me a little more unique.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  I enjoy being in the outdoors exploring/hiking, reading a good book, listening to music, traveling, and socializing with my friends and family.

What is one thing that you wish everyone knew about working in your position?  How supportive and fun the staff is! My boss does a great job of making sure all student staff of Rec Serv, no matter your position, all know each other and are able to effectively work together so we can be successful as a whole.

Do you have any plans for after graduation?  I plan on graduating with my B.A. in Exercise Science and finding a job working with the Geriatric population. 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life, without any health consequences, what would it be?  Definitely being able to eat as much Mint Chocolate Chip ice-cream as I can!

What Claire's supervisor has to say about her: " We love having Claire on staff! She is always so friendly to everyone and genuinely cares about the patrons of the facility. She goes above and beyond to make sure the patrons have a wonderful experience and we cannot thank her enough for her dedication! Lastly, Claire can always make her coworkers laugh which we love at the CRWC! Thank you Claire!" -Mallory Valentine, Coordinator, Facility Operations 

 

Fall 2017 Faces of Rec Serv

Collin O-Connell | Courtney Brennaman | Ellen Carman | Isabella Morbidelli | Matt Bennett | Lucas Mozena | Megan Heath | Kristy Robinson | Alex Schwabe | Alina Andino
 | Ray Fouts 

Colin O'Connell

Position: Field House Facility Supervisor

Year/Major: Senior in the Tippie College of Business Economics Major with a Sustainability Certificate

Hometown: Frankfort, Illinois

How long have you worked for us? This is my second year working for Rec Services

What have you learned from working here? Since I began working at the Field House, I've realized how much pride the local community takes in being a part of the University of Iowa culture. Whether they are simply Iowa City residents or alumni of the school, every person I speak to has nothing but positive regards and good memories about their experiences with the university.

What is something interesting about yourself? One interesting fact I like to tell people (even though it's not really about me) is that my mother's maiden name is O'Donnell. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? When I have free time, I use it to workout, play basketball, cook, watch TV/play videogames, or take a well-deserved nap. 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position? I wish more people knew how much the Field House has to offer! Not only are the Fitness Loft and South Gym available, but we also have the necessary equipment and space to play almost any sport imaginable. 

Do you have any plans for after graduation? I haven't created an exact play for after graduation because I don't want to limit myself on career options, but I do hope to get involved in business sustainability. 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life, without any health consequences, what would it be? Candy! Especially Reese's Fast Breaks... don't sleep on Fast Breaks.


Courtney Brennaman

Position: Fitness Assistant and Zumba Instructor

Year/Major: 1st year in the Ph.D. Counseling Psychology Program

Hometown: Columbus, Georgia

How long have you worked for us? This is my 3rd year. 

What have you learned from working here? I've learned that fitness is versatile. The University of Iowa has offered me so many opportunities to learn and grow in regards to my own fitness journey, but also how to provide/guide others to pursue fitness formats that work for them.

What is something interesting about yourself? I have an interesting one and a weird one, I am a certified scuba diver and I can do the Donald Duck sneeze. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love being active, so running and cycling, but I also looooove me some Netflix. It's all about balance, I think. 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position? How rewarding it is to see people enjoy working out. I feel blessed to be in this position. 

Do you have any plans after graduation? Oh goodness, I haven't even truly thought about that yet. I would love to travel and provide services to those who don't have access to mental health services, so maybe something along those lines. I have 5 years to go so I have some time to ponder it. 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Oh wow, that is a hard one. I love peanut butter, like to a shameful degree, so essentially anything with peanut butter. I also love pizza. Oh, and pasta! Ugh, this is too hard, I can't decide. 

What Courtney's supervisor has to say about her: "Courtney is an indispensable asset to the Fitness Team, the members she proudly services, Recreational Services, and the Hawkeye community. Her role as a fitness instructor and fitness assistant has enables people to excel, helped them discover their own wisdom, engage themselves entirely in everything they do, and accept the responsibility for making change. The 'what to do' can be taught; the how to do it is not easy to pass on. Courtney simply "Get's it!" her personality is infection to all she comes across. For that, I thank her! -Matt Stancel, Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness


Ellen Carman

Positions: Lifetime Leisure Skills Course Assistant, Climbing Wall Attendant, Wildlife Camps and School of the Wild Instructor

Year/Major: Senior, B.S. Science Education and Sustainability Certificate

Hometown: Right here. Iowa City, IA.

How long have you worked for us? My first job with Rec Services was as a Wildlife Camps Instructor almost 4 years ago.

What have you learned from working here? I have learned to always come to work with positive energy. No matter how my day is going I try to show up to work ready to contribute excitement and energy. 

What is something interesting about yourself? I have spent 23 consecutive days living outside and backpacking.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to be outside, climbing, running, teaching, eating, sleeping. Everything is better outside!

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position? In my positions I don't just serve the University of Iowa community, but also the Iowa City community. From the kids at our camps to the climbers at our climbing wall people from all over town and all parts of life participate in our programs. Working for Recreational Services means being part of a strong and diverse community. 

Do you have any plans after graduation? I wish. I don't have any specific plans yet but I hope to continue to give young people the opportunity to understand and appreciate their environment. Not all communities have amazing environmental education programs like those provided through our Outdoor Recreation and Education programs. I hope to give more kids the opportunity to learn outside early in their academic careers. 

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


Isabella Morbidelli

Position: Member Services Attendant, CRWC

Year/Major: Senior, Microbiology with an Environmental Science Minor

Hometown: Germantown Hills, IL

How long have you worked for us? Two semesters.

What have you learned from working here? The major skill that I have learned during my time working at the Membership Services desk is communication. I feel more comfortable now that I have honed my conflict resolution skills and can effectively communicate with people from countries around the world.

What is something interesting about yourself? I love to garden! Living in an apartment doesn't allow me to be able to do that so I have been slowly collecting houseplants to make my apartment feel more like home.

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

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position? I wish that everyone knew how fun working at the Membership Services desk is and how inclusive the workers are with forming new friendships with our coworkers. 

Do you have any plans after graduation? I hope to have a job that I absolutely love to go to every day.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?  I love pasta. I would eat pasta carbonara every single day of my life.

What Isabella's supervisor has to say about her: "Isabella has such a bubbly personality and we love it! She makes working at the CRWC enjoyable for her co-workers and the patrons and we are so happy to have her on staff behind the Member Services Desk! Thank you Isabella for all that you do!" -Mallory Valentine, Coordinator, Facility Operations


Matt Bennett

Position: Lifetime Leisure Skills Course Assistant and Climbing Wall Attendant

Year/Major: I am majoring in Sports and Recreation Management with a focus in business. They tell me I'm a senior.

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa

How long have you worked for us? A little under two years.

What have you learned from working here? I have learned that I am living in the same city with some of the most amazing, knowledgeable people.

What is something interesting about yourself? I have had 7-8 times majors depending on how you count it and will still graduate on time. Biology, computer science, took a semester and received my coaching certificate (that's the one that's debatable as a major), back to biology, public policy and ethics, political science, environmental science, and now sports and recreation management. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy reading books, long-boarding, slack-lining, mountain biking, and rock climbing. I spend more time falling than doing the actual activity (yes, even reading).

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position? I wish people knew just how awesome the people I am surrounded by are.

Do you have any plans for after graduation? After I graduate I hope to travel the country and climb tall rock faces and mountains. 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Chocolate banana bread, no question about it.


Lucas Mozena

Position: CRWC Facility Supervisor

Year/Major: Senior, Sports and Recreation Management

Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa

How long have you worked for us? 4 years

What have you learned working here? I learned how to effectively manage my time between this job and my schoolwork. I also learned how to work with a diverse student staff. The past two years we have had a very close knit staff and it has been an absolute joy to work with them. 

What is something interesting about yourself? I like collecting sneakers! I started as a freshman in high school and it's gotten pretty large. I actually stopped keeping track when I hit 100 pairs last year.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love playing slow pitch softball over the spring, summer, and fall as well as participating in intramural sports throughout the school year. 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about your position? I wish everyone knew how great it is to work with our staff. I've met so many great people and made lifelong friends. It's just fantastic to work with them every shift. 

Do you have any plans after graduation? I'm applying for Graduate Assistant positions in campus rec so I can get my masters and hopefully make my way back to the University of Iowa's Rec Services program.

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life with no health consequences, what would it be? My mom's spaghetti with meat sauce.

What Lucas's supervisor has to say about him: "Luke is simply wonderful. He has worked for our department since his freshman year and we have seen tremendous growth! He is extremely dedicated to the success of our staff and has embraced all the challenges we have given him over the years. We love his leadership and can't wait to see how he dominates this field in the future! Go Luke and go Hawks!" -Mallory Valentine, Coordinator, Facility Operations


Megan Heath

Position: Climbing Wall attendant and Lifetime Leisure Skills course assistant

Year/Major: Senior, Environmental Science

Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa 

How long have you worked for us?  2 years

What have you learned from working here?  I have learned a lot about teaching and I've gained a lot of knowledge about the outdoors!

What is something interesting about yourself?  I love to rock climb!

What do you like to do in your spare time?  In my spare time I like to draw and go on climbing trips.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position?  You get to meet and work with a lot of amazing people!

Do you have any plans for after graduation?  After graduation I plan to go to graduate school to get a masters in Environmental Engineering. 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?  That's a tough, one I think it's a tie between pizza and Stouffer's lasagna. 

What Megan's supervisor has to say about her: "Over the past two years, Megan has shared her passion of rock climbing with hundreds of students through our Lifetime Leisure Skills classes and her work at the CRWC Climbing Wall. What impresses me most about Megan is her ability to make climbing accessible and fun for people of all skill levels. She is knowledgeable, personable, and has helped many a beginner feel more confident about their climbing ability!" -Steve Campbell, Assistant Director, Outdoor Recreation and Education


Kristy Robinson

Position: CRWC Facility Supervisor

Year/Major: Senior, Exercise Science

Hometown: Anamosa, IA

How long have you worked for us? Two semesters 

What have you learned from working here? I've learned how to take leadership and make decisions. Definitely being able to address conflict and resolve it, I'm more brave and confident than when I started.

What is something interesting about yourself? When I was 14, I had to get 37 stitches in my right temple. My friend accidentally elbowed me when we wore jumping in the river and it broke my skin. Then I got in trouble later because my mom specifically told me not to swim in the river so she found out. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? I have a lot of hobbies! I love to travel, kayak, ride my motorcycle to interesting places, hike, camp, and weightlift. Also, I play with my cat, Denzi and my doc, Chase. 

What is one thing that you wish everyone knew about working in your position? The staff here is super supportive! From the professional staff to the student staff, it truly is a big family. It doesn't matter who the person is or what they do, there's always someone there to help you through anything! Especially our manager, Mallory Valentine. She is a total blessing to Rec Serv!!

Do you have any plans after graduation? I will continue education in some form but I'm mostly excited to get a baby Rottweiler. 

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Definitely icecream. Being able to dress it up with fudge, coconut, brownies, cookie dough... the works.

What Kristy's supervisor has to say about her: Kristy is a fantastic supervisor! She has such a positive perspective on life and is so genuine in all her interactions! She always goes above and beyond what is expected in the job and we truly appreciate her for that! We are so grateful to have her on staff and we also love her treats. -Mallory Valentine, Coordinator, Facility Operations


Alex Schwabe

Position: Personal Trainer

Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL

How long have you worked for us? 5 years

What have you learned from working here? I've learned that you should always chase your passion in life. The journey in chasing your passion is much more fulfilling to me than chasing a big city, big paycheck, etc. I've been lucky to be surrounded by some great people here. 

What is something interesting about yourself? Something interesting about myself is that I did not always have a passion for health and fitness. I did not start working our until I was 19 years old. In being a personal trainer, most people believe it has always been a part of my life. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? In my spare time I enjoy challenging my mind by practicing mindfulness and challenging my body competing in Olympic Weightlifting (snatch/clean and jerk).

 ​​​​​What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position? The one thing that I wish people knew about my position is that everyone starts somewhere. Regardless of where people are at in life, there is never a "right" time to start taking the steps to a healthy lifestyle. Vulnerability is a key part in inspiring change.

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

What Alex's supervisor says about him: "Not only is Alex an amazing and dependable employee and personal trainer, but he is a wonderful human being that treats everyone with care and exudes kindness. Alex, from the start, works to understand his clients as people first so that he can help create an effective and successful plan from the beginning of the client's fitness journey. It is obvious that Alex's main goal is to help his clients and he will go above and beyond to work with them so they are able to experience success and positivity in their lives and in the gym. Alex is a genuine, caring coach and establishing strong, lasting relationships with his clients is just one of his many talents. We are beyond blessed to have him on our team." -Angela Charsha-Harney, Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness


Alina Andino 

Position: Intramural Official and Scorekeeper

Year/Major: Sophomore Psychology and Communications Major

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois 

How long have you worked for us? Two Semesters

What have you learned from working here? Communication skills is probably the biggest thing I have learned while working with intramurals. I find it a lot easier to communicate with friends, professors, and my fellow employees a lot better than before. I feel a lot more comfortable talking to people and going out of my comfort zone to get to know them. 

What is something interesting about yourself? I still collect CDs! I have loads of CDs from the late 90s/early 2000s.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I am a huge nerd! I love watching all the Marvel, DC, Star Trek, and any other kind of "nerdy" movies/television shows. I also love listening to music and going to loads and loads of concerts.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position? Everyone is so welcoming and really make you feel a part of the family. You would think that since you're running around and officiating a game that you wouldn't have time to get to know the people you're working with but everyone really takes the time to get to know you and build a relationship with you. Also, it's completely okay if you come into the job/team not knowing anything about the sport. Everyone is willing to help you out and makes you feel comfortable with officiating. 

Do you have any plans for after graduation? Get my Masters in Psychology and travel (hopefully to Europe)!

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Spaghetti! Or any type of pasta.

What Alina's supervisor has to say about her: "Alina always has a positive attitude and is very detailed with her work. She works hard to learn the rules and apply them correctly. It is staff like Alina that make such an incredible sports experience for the students at Iowa." -Mike Valentine, Assistant Director of Sports Program


Ray Fouts

Position: Sports Program Supervisor and Intramural Official

Year/Major: Senior political science major and economics and cinema minor

Hometown: Onawa, Iowa

How long have you worked for us?  4 years

What have you learned from working here?  Two of the best skills that I have learned, especially as a referee, have been conflict management and quick problem solving. However, arguably the most important skill that I have acquired is the ability to always be on time and punctual. If you're early, you're on time. If you're on time, you're late. And being late is unacceptable.

What is something interesting about yourself?  I once caught a home run ball at Wrigley Field. It was hit by the Marlins, so I had to throw the ball back. I was 12.

What do yo like to do in your spare time? I like eating as much pizza as humanly possible. I also enjoy playing sports such as football, soccer, and volleyball with my friends. I have to work off the pizza somehow.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working in your position?  We all act like one big family. I always find it amazing how to close the intramural family gets every year. 

Do you have any plans for after graduation? Nope. Getting a big person job sounds rad though

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?  Definitely pizza. And yes, pineapple is allowed on pizza. Hawaiian pizza reigns supreme.

What Ray's supervisor has to say about him: "Ray is a leader among our staff who demonstrates enthusiasm in his work. He coaches our officials to make them better and is an ambassador who recruits others to participate" -Mike Valentine, Assistant Director of Sports Programs


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 | Josie Caskey | Grant Schlabaugh | Kailey Boland | Josh Verry | Kylie Fahel

Kylie Fahel

kylie, personal trainer

Position: Marketing Assistant and Personal Trainer

Year/Major: Senior, Communication Studies Major

Hometown: Peoria, IL

How long have you worked for us? Since August of 2014

What have you learned from working here? I have learned the importance of rapport building with anyone you work with – including my clients, co-workers, and higher-ups. It’s amazing what you can learn about another person if you start to build a solid relationship with them There’s some pretty cool people out there!

Something interesting about yourself: I was caught in a rip current when I was 14 and it took 6 men and 1.5 hours to get me back to shore. I was also out past the 3rd sandbar where there could have been sharks under me! Ah!

What do you do in your spare time? I love to cook anything and everything, try new restaurants, be outside, and play with my dog, Bogey (he’s the best). #bogeythings - check it out on instagram.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a Marketing Assistant and Personal Trainer? I wish people knew how rewarding it is to get to watch your clients improve week to week, month to month, and year to year. It’s amazing to see your own programming help them reach and further their goals. I also love seeing/ helping create new programs and marketing them through different medias. Both jobs have created a positive environment for me to work in and have allowed me to be surrounded by other hard-working individuals.

Any plans for after graduation? Begin my amazing traveling internship with Maui Jim Sunglasses!! 

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

What Kylie’s supervisor has to say about her: Kylie joined the marketing team after working as a personal trainer (which she still does!) and we're so glad she did! Kylie's been a great addition to the marketing team - she's full of ideas and and ready to try anything. She's accountable, creative, and fun - a great combination! We'll miss her after she graduates but we wish her the best as she starts her next adventure! - Kelly Teeselink, marketing coordinator


Josh Verry

josh, lifeguard
Position: Head Lifeguard
 
Year/Major: Senior Health and Human Physiology: Exercise Science
 
Hometown: Coralville, Iowa
 
How long I've worked here: 4 years
 
What I have learned from working here: How to manage my time wisely
 
Something interesting about myself: I thought I was applying for the membership position and accidentally applied for the Lifeguard position instead (turns out this was right way to go ;) )
 
What do I do in my spare time: I like to go fishing and hang out with my family and friends
 
What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a Head lifeguard? As a head guard one thin that that people should know is that we put a lot of time in here at the rec with opening and closing every week and working weekends this place is pretty much our second home.
 
Any plans for after graduation: I am planning on going to a master's program at Grand View University in Des Moines and hopefully get into Physical Therapy school after that.
 
If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be?: Ranch Dressing. I would have it pumped through my veins by an IV
 
What Josh's Supervisor has to say about him: Josh started as a Lifeguard with Recreational Services in Fall of 2013 and was recently promoted to Head Lifeguard this past Summer. He is a very responsible employee that knows the ins and outs of the pool without hesitation. Since transitioning to a Head Lifeguard he has taken on the responsibilities and leadership in stride and has really assisted our program in being more successful and organized behind the scenes. Josh is always willing to help out and is a great asset to our Aquatic Staff. He will be greatly missed upon graduation this Spring! Thanks Josh!

 

Kailey Boland

Kailey

Position: Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor

Year/Major: Graduated December 2016 with a BA in Exercise Science

Hometown: Iowa City

How long have you worked for us? It will be 5 years in May!

What have you learned from working here? One thing I have learned a lot about while working with Rec Services is leadership. It is important for people to know that a true leader is someone who shares their knowledge with others and gives opportunities to allow followers to grow into leaders themselves. Not someone who makes all the decisions and takes on every responsibility for a group.

Something interesting about yourself: I was a dancer for 15 years and about 5 or so of those years I was competitive. I did anything from ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical you name it until my sophomore year of high school which is when I found weightlifting and my passion for fitness.

What do you do in your spare time? I usually spend my spare time training, eating, or hanging out with my dog 

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor? One thing I wish people knew about working as a fitness coach and just the fitness journey in general is that it’s not just about programming exercises for physical transformation. It is about creating a positive environment where discipline, confidence, and a strong mindset can be developed so when a client or member leaves you they have the tools they need in order to succeed and live a long, happy, and healthy life. Exercising/ training does so much more for people than what meets the eye and that is what makes this job so amazing.

Any plans for after graduation? Just going to continue training and see where life takes me! (:

If you could eat any food every day for the rest of your life without any health consequences, what would it be? Steak tacos from La Regia!

What Kailey's supervisor has to say about her: Kailey is a positively spirited, knowledgeable and dedicated coach on our Personal Training team. She strives to be the best she can be at all times and in all her endeavors. Her clients will attest that she is a kind, smart and driven coach and our team gained strength, with the hiring of Kailey. We have valued Kailey’s talents and leadership since the day she joined our PT crew.


Grant Schlabaugh

Grant

Position: HTRC Supervisor

Year/Major: Sophomore / Buisness

Hometown: Kalona, Iowa

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

What have you learned working here? I've learned a lot working for Rec Services. Some of what I've learned is patience and problem solving.

Something interesting about yourself: I've lived around Iowa City my whole life.

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy golfing when its nice out and spending time with my friends and family.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about working as a Member Service Attendant? You get to know the people you work with pretty well and you develop a work family thats really fun to be around.

Any plans after graduation? Get a job and move somewhere warm.

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

What Grant's Supervisor has to say about him: “Grant has worked three different positions in two different facilities during his tenure with Rec Services therefore he has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to our programming, memberships, and facility operations. Grant is one of the most professional Facility Supervisors that I have had the pleasure to work with and I know the HTRC is in good hands when he is supervising. We are extremely lucky he has advanced so quickly up the ladder and will have him as a Facility Supervisor again next year!”


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!

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!