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Greetings from Central Washington!
Hello from Arizona State!
Hello from South Carolina - Upstate
Hello from Western Washington!
Hello Everyone! University of Iowa checking in!
Bre'una Keeton, Red Rocks Community College, Fitness Coordinator, Panda Bear
Nick Ames. South Carolina - Upstate. Assistant Director - Intramural Sports, Club Sports, and Summer Camps. 18 months
Lisa Molloy, University of Central Florida, Facilities and Aquatics Coordinator, Panda Bear!
hi friends! I'm Crystal Durham, the Competitive Sports and Summer Activities Coordinator at Northern Arizona University
Justice Shankel, Virginia Commonwealth University, Facility Operations GA,
John Davenport, Arizona State University, Program Coordinator for Fitness. 1 year as a professional, and my spirit animal is a flamingo
Brian Veverka from Georgia Southern University, Director of Sport Programs for 3 years. Spirit Animal is the Fire Spirit from Frozen
Brett Simon, Elon University, Assistant Director-Sport Programs, Finishing first year pro, Badger
Eric Becker, Marshall University, Coordinator of Aquatics & Safety, 3rd year pro. Spirit Animal: the wolf
Hey Tom, George- George Washington University, Sr Rec sports coordinator, 18 months, gorilla
Mike Turner, University of New Mexico, Club Sports and fitness coordinator, Panda
Traci Smith | University of South Florida | Fitness Coordinator | Horse
Sylvain Tchaptchet, First Year Competitive Sports Coordinator at Penn State. CAT
Shana Kessler, pronounced Shay-nuh, at central Washington as the Intramural Sports & Special Events Coordinator, been in the field for 5 years as a pro and 8 overall. I'm also a sloth.
Paul Joseph, Just graduated from Nova Southeastern University, Former GA for Intramural Sports, Falcon
Christian Miller, Texas A&M University, Facilities and Leadership Coordinator, 2nd year pro,
Courtney Copp, University of Arizona, Member Services Coordinator, 5 years, 2 years (professional), Otter
Hi! Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi; Aquatics/Facilities Coordinator; 3 years; pups
Ethan Cobb, Arizona State University, Sports Programs and Kids Camp Coordinator, 2 years pro staff, Spirit animal would be Tazmanian Devil
Hello Everyone! Corrine Pruett, West Virginia University, Coordinator for Operations, 2nd Year Professional, Owl
Tara Gilkey, Western Washington University, Professional Intern
Sylvain is THE CAT.
Amanda Torres-Brooks, University of California, Merced, Asst Director, operations, 2.5 years, Bulbalsaur as my spirit animal.
Christopher Avery, Georgia Southwestern State University, Intramural and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, 1 year
Jasmine Holmes, Central Michigan, Assistant Director of CoSpo, 3year pro
Lmao, not a cat lover but i have their attributes. calm and individualistic until its time to play.
Mike Brito, former GA for Sport Clubs & Student Development at Rowan University, Gorilla
Chris Spencer. University of Iowa, Coordinator of Intramurals and Sport Camps, 1st year professional
Woo woo go chris
Nick Donahue UW Superior, Assistant Director 2nd year
Luke Mozena - Wichita State University - GA Facilities & Student Development.
Stephen Lynam - East Stroudsburg University - 1st year professional
Greg Tack, Quinnipiac University - Graduate Assistant for Club Sports (2nd Yr.)
One of my focuses on reopening was the safety of the student employees that we were asking to come back and work.
Jacob Walker - Sam Houston State University - Coordinator, IMs and Clubs - Just finished first full year as a pro
Is everyone using reservation systems like Ethan for their facilities and equipment to monitor people ?
IMLeagues for IMs, S&C, Climbing wall, Bouldering wall, and Pools
Fusion for time blocks in activity areas (weight room, cardio, etc)
No time blocks, as numbers won’t facilitate needing it
At VCU we are taking on some students who want to work in Facilities who normally work in other areas so they can still get hours
00:41:27Crystal Durham - NAU
we are relocating equipment from the weight room into our MAC Gym to physically distance the machines; no free weights or plates allowed
We are only doing lane reservations for pool through IM Leagues, no reservations for the rest of the facility
The state of Georgia is trying to be a trailblazer with reopening at the state level and University level. At Georgia Southern, our Rec Center is proposed to open 7/6 with social distancing being the priority. Meetings, meetings, and meetings to get ready for it
Looking at historical data from the previous quarter.
Closing for an hour, possibly, to do some extra cleaning
Facility open from 6am - 7pm, one hour facility closure from 1:30 - 2:30 pm for a deep clean of all areas
At WVU we will be cleaning each piece of equipment after it is used and using an electrostatic sprayer each night.
For group fitness, we will have limited equipment for students to use (yoga mats, bikes, weights, etc.), but we're putting a ton of space between classes to thoroughly clean equipment and class spaces will not be open to the public except for classes.
We are having shortened hours upon reopen and our weight room is broken up into zones for cleaning from open til closing
Thank you! Very helpful
Love Phoenix summer temps!!
00:51:21Crystal Durham - NAU
Phoenix is groooooossssssss haha
Can confirm the humidity in S. Carolina
00:52:10Crystal Durham - NAU
luv u ethan
Same as Ethan, where we in California, outdoor space is just not a option for recreation for our geographic location due to the heat. But I agree with ethan, heat over humidity.
Justice whose your furry friend
00:55:19Crystal Durham - NAU
we have a program at NAU called Employee Assistance and Wellness that offers free counseling sessions to full-time employees. I'd definitely recommend seeing if your institution has something similar
James is absolutely correct
Good point Crystal- most HR departments offer EAP (employee assistance programs) that can offer resources for finding counseling across multiple areas, including mental health, financial health, moving assistance, etc. Usually its free for at least one session per topic but varies from institution to institution.
I second that Tom, and was curious if anyone's rec centers were doing anything in response as well.
Our rec center is developing a letter to our students and members about BLM to distribute
Also, encourage your departments to read books together about how to be anti racist, how to navigate discussions on race, and more so that you can not only learn together, but show unity for your department and your campus and community.
RT Sylvain - open it up to your student staff, invite them to share their feelings, their thoughts, and how they can navigate this
Music and poetry
Game nights with friends
if anyone wants to reach out for help finding mental health resources or BLM educational resources for yourself or your department, or just to talk, I'm happy to share the resources I have and be a support person for you. email@example.com
What exactly is the question?
Be critical of yourself beforehand. Be reflective of all of your actions and behaviors. Find what you did well, and be critical to find where you didn't hit the mark or need to improve. Be prepared to hear things you might not want to. The goal of the meeting should be to highlight the good and work on action items for improvements. Take it personal in a way that is beneficial for your own growth
Be critical but don't sell yourself short. If you really put your best effort into something, even if the outcome wasn't as good as you hoped, you need to make sure the process and effort is recorded as much as the final product. This is especially important if anything is being documented for HR, as it can directly affect your record and future promotions.
I'd say also ask questions if you don't understand something fully that they tell you. Ask questions about how you can improve in their eyes, and the students eyes. You don't want to lose that first year momentum
Get as much in writing as you can so you can affectively track your areas for growth and improvement and demonstrate what you have accomplished and what you will accomplish
Yes Brian. Keep a personal log, and maybe a part-time employee behavior log as well for good and not so good instances
01:16:31Crystal Durham - NAU
I love that, Ethan!
With performance reviews I try to look for common themes rather than latching onto one or two specific pieces of feedback.
01:20:34Crystal Durham - NAU
GA mentality says it's ok to make mistakes. Well, as a pro, you still make mistakes and learn and it's still ok - don't try to be perfect, you won't be, and it won't be the end of the world.
Yes @Eric 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Take the time to learn your campus climate.
01:25:18Crystal Durham - NAU
100% agreed; minimum the first semester is to learn
Be willing to learn the systems that exist, see where you might be able to make adjustments and improvements before going right to overhauling to what is familiar/comfortable to you.
Well said, Eric.
Hi all, I have a year left in my position and I want to know how to navigate the year and when I should start looking & applying for new positions?
Take time to learn what is going to be effective for your students - they can be very different in terms of their needs, their learning styles, their leadership styles, and more
01:27:02Crystal Durham - NAU
@Gregory - I'd say you can start looking as early as January. Sometimes positions are willing to wait until you graduate for you to transition to their institution
The hiring process at some universities can be as quick as a month or as long as 6 months, so keep that in mind in the application process. There were times where I applied for a job in February 2017 and didn't hear back about an interview until November 2017.
Also with Covid, positions will be opening up randomly in the fall/spring as Universities begin to prioritize rehiring that's been put off for spring and summer
Mike, I make a point to go to the shifts my students are working, even if it's outside of my traditional hours. I oversee group fitness, so I go to a class by every instructor at least once a semester to show them that I see them and the hard work their putting it. It was revolutionary in building a relationship with them in my first year.
Spend time outside of your office during the day interacting with the students on shift. They really appreciate a quick check in, and learning more about them. Try this with staff all around the building, not just your own area or staff
@Bre'una Go Cougs! I was a GA there.
01:29:06Crystal Durham - NAU
I love that Take a Student to Lunch idea, but my bank account does not
GO COUGS, Ethan! I miss WSU and Pullman so much!
Lunch Ball Wednesdays at 12, see you there.
Me too! Those who have never lived there think I'm crazy for thinking that.