Employee Spotlight: Pooja Akkala

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Pooja is a junior studying Business-Marketing here at Oakland. She has been working as a Member Services Assistant at the Recreation Center since April of 2017.

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I spend a lot of time working out here so why not do that and work here too!

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

Getting to workout before or after a shift and knocking the two out together.

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

GroupX

 

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

Volunteer, sorority activities, and spend time with friends and family.

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

Food and who I’m working with!

 

What are you looking forward to?

Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago!

 

What are your plans for the future?

Graduating with some kind of business degree and internship to then obtain a full time position!

 

Name your top 3 workout songs

  1. The Cure- Lady Gaga
  2. San Diego- Blink 182
  3. Take U There- Skrillex & Diplo

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

It is easy to fall off track with working out and diet but you only get one body so treat it right!

 

Fun Fact:

I’ve played lacrosse since the sixth grade.

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Employee Spotlight: Colton Lee

Employee Spotlight (Colton Lee)

Colton Lee is a senior studying Exercise Science here at Oakland. He has been working as a fitness assistant at the Recreation Center since May of 2017.

 

When did you start working at the Rec? (month, year)

May 2017

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

Before I started, I was here all the time, so I figured, why not get paid doing what I like?

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

I get to be around people who care about fitness everyday I come to work, and if I’m lucky I get to help them.

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

IM volleyball, floor hockey, and indoor soccer

 

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

I love to golf, play soccer, play basketball, run, and anything outdoors.

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

Definitely the music they play at the Rec, nothing passes the time quicker than the music selection here.

 

What are you looking forward to?

I’m always looking forward to my next meal, even right now I’m starving.

 

What are your plans for the future?

Well I’d like to finish school in the next two years. Right now I’m looking at super-senior status.

 

Name your top 3 workout songs

Country Girl- Luke Bryan

Champion- The Roots

Never Gonna Give You Up- Rick Astley

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

People always complain about the parking here, but if people would park further away and walk, they would get fit without even trying.

 

Fun Fact:

People tell me I have a great voice for the radio.

Employee Spotlight: Rachael Zelmanski

Employee Spotlight (Rachael Zelmanski)Rachael is a senior psychology student at Oakland. She has been part of the Rec family since August 2016. She works for member services and is a program assistant for member services here at the Rec.

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

A lot of my friends worked here and had nothing but good things to say so I applied!

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

Meeting new people every day, and getting to know people around campus.

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

GroupX Yoga Classes

 

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

I love to go shopping, do crafts, and cook.

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

the people I work with and the patrons

 

What are you looking forward to?

Graduating!

 

What are your plans for the future?

I want to travel before I go to grad school.

 

Name your top 3 workout songs

1. Hustlin- Rick Ross

2. CRZY – Kehlani

3. Goosebumps- Travis Scott

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

 Drink lots of water and get sleep!

 

Fun Fact:

I can wiggle my ears.

Employee Spotlight: Derek Queen

Employee Spotlight (Derek Queen)Derek is a senior majoring in Graphic Design at Oakland University. He is one of the Graphic Design Interns at the Recreation Center and has been working here since April of 2017.

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I wanted to expand my graphic design experience and saw that the Rec would be a great opportunity to branch out to a dept. on campus I was not very familiar with.

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

The people are very friendly and the facility is nice.

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

I don’t personally participate in anything at the Rec, but the club sports sound really fun.

 

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

I do a lot of design work. I have a design job elsewhere on campus and a design internship off campus. In my free time I love watching movies and reading comic books!

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

Music and food for life!

 

What are you looking forward to?

Sleeping. Always.

 

What are your plans for the future?

One day I think my boyfriend and I will move to Florida.

 

Name your top 3 workout songs

  1. “Jackrabbit” by San Fermin
  2. “Too Much Time Together” by San Cisco
  3. “Send Them Off!” by Bastille

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

I’m no expert since I spend a lot of my work sitting in front of a computer but… Regularly go on walks/ bike rides when you’re not doing anything at home.

 

Fun Fact:

I am an avid Scooby-Doo memorabilia collector. I have around 1,000 unique Scooby-Doo items including books, movies, and more!

Employee Spotlight: Sheilah Hallman

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Sheilah is a junior studying Health Sciences here at Oakland University. She started working at the Rec in August of 2016. She is currently a Member Services Assistant.

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I already came to the Rec a lot and all of the employees were very nice and welcoming. Working here also gave me the opportunity to have a fun, on-campus job.

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

  • Professional development opportunities
  • Meeting new staff members and patrons

 

What are your favorite Rec activities? (IM sports, GroupX, Street Teams, RLC, etc.)

  • IM Volleyball
  • RLC events

 

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

Read, watch Netflix, spend time with friends

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

My awesome co-workers, patrons, working with employee of the month: Syed Murtaza, and Rec Radio playing high school musical songs.

 

What are you looking forward to?

Going to physical therapy school

 

What are your plans for the future?

Achieve a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and work in pediatrics or with neurology patients

 

Name your top workout songs:

Anything on “Hits of the 2000s” or “Disney” Pandora Stations

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

Work at your own pace and do what feels best for you.

 

Fun Fact:

I can clap with one hand.

7th Annual Poker Walk

DSCN0020On May 17, 2017 Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being hosted the 7th Annual Poker Walk. This walk started at the Recreation Center, wove around campus, and then lapped back to the Rec. But what made this walk different from any other walk around campus? Well let us tell you!

The walk is hosted in May each year for National Employee Health and Fitness Month. Roughly 600 employees on Oakland’s campus participate in this walk each year. It is open to full and part time faculty and staff at Oakland University.

There were two paths, a 1.5 mile and a 2 mile route. Along the routes, OU RecWell employees passed out poker chips for walkers to collect. After the walk was completed, the participants placed their bets at the poker tables and tried to win the best hand.

The winners with the best poker hands got prizes. The top three poker hand winners got prizes valued at $100. In addition to these prizes, there were booths passing out items. One of the booths, Trader Joe’s, was passing out healthy snacks and drinks. There was also a food truck and Cool-Yo frozen yogurt cart for the participants to purchase lunch or snacks after the walk.

But the truly fun part was seeing the many departments of employees in their fun costumes. The School of Health Science dressed up as minions and their Dean dressed as the leader Gru. One School of Health Sciences employee mentioned that they are return walkers, but change their costume and team name each year. There were more teams such as the Holy Walkamolies, Run-On Sentence, Another Day in Paradise, Moodle Block Party, and many more.

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Overall, participating in this walk is a great way to bond with your co-workers, meet new people, and get in some exercise.

For more pictures, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/ourecwell/ and go to our photo album 7th Annual Poker Walk.

Did you miss out on the walk this year? Check out oakland.edu/recwell/well-being/employee-well-being/ next May to register for the walk if you are an OU employee.

 

 

Employee Spotlight: Sara Heines

Employee Spotlight (Sara Heines)

Sara is a sophomore here at Oakland University studying Mechanical Engineering . She has been working as a Member Services Assistant at the Rec since April of 2016.

 

Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I heard that the staff was one big family. Also, it is a good opportunity to work on communication skills.

 

What is your favorite part about working here?

I get to meet new people every day.

 

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

I am on the OU swim team, but I also love to volunteer at the K9 stray rescue league and I love to wakeboard. And scuba diving!

 

What fuels your shift? (music, food, people, etc.)

Having conversations with customers, giving tours, and getting to know my co-workers.

 

What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to becoming an engineer and possibly working out of the country since I’m minoring in Spanish.

 

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to go to law school to be a patent attorney.

 

Name your top 3 workout songs

  1. Legend – The Score
  2. Ride- 21 Pilots
  3. Weak- AJR

 

What is your best tip for health and wellness?

Make sure to always have fun during your workout. Don’t beat yourself up; have fun with it.

 

Fun Fact:

I’ve scuba divided on shipwrecks that are 100+ years old.