Instagram Stars of #OURecWell

We notice how hard you work. We notice that you care about your health goals and overall well-being. We notice you encourage others to be mindful and you empower those to start their own health journey. Yup—, as you can see, we have many dedicated students, staff, faculty, and community members who use the Rec Center on a regular basis. Some of our patrons choose to share their experiences using #OURecWell. We’d like to share out these three top Instagram stories to show gratitude and appreciation for each of our patrons who keep us updated on your experiences during the week by using our hashtag. #OURecWell #OUFitness


Katie Dalton (@ked0815) is an active member of the Rec Center both as an employee and a student user. “The Rec Center is my main facility that I use. I love the community aspect since my friends and coworkers are always there to support me.” Dalton uses the Rec Center on a daily basis by performing her own workout routines and taking part in GroupX classes. Among participating in various classes, Dalton has created her own fitness goals. “One of my long-term goals has been to bench my bodyweight. This past semester I was finally able to reach that goal. It was a fantastic feeling and it has been fun to see myself continuously progress.”


Trent Shull (@trent_titan), one of OU Recreation and Well-Being’s (Rec Well) personal trainers dedicates his time to our members. “My favorite part about working at the Rec is being a personal trainer and a GroupX instructor for three different classes.” Shull informs us that “Rec Well has helped me become a better personal trainer through training different clients and instructing a variety of participants.” Trent has been able to develop the valuable skill of modifying exercises on-the-spot for participants from all levels of ability. Trent embodies Rec Well values by creating an inclusive environment for participants.


Ron (@Zrambo1), current Rec Well GroupX instructor, exerts his energy into his own personal workouts, but he also gets his class participants fired up and excited to exercise! During the week, Ron teaches two different classes which include Zumba, and Strength Circuits. “I was watching the Go Red Dance Jam this February at the Rec Center, and the participants were so energetic when Ron was on stage. There were smiles everywhere,” said Molly Gagnon, Rec Well Marketing Coordinator. We are lucky to have such a passionate instructor guiding our members in their paths to a healthy lifestyle, and having fun while doing so!



Meet Alexis Darga

meHey there! My name is Alexis and I am currently one of the marketing interns for OU RecWell. I am a junior majoring in Communications with a minor in Human Resource Development.

Classes and work keep me busy but when I have free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing sports like soccer and volleyball, and watching movies or crafting.

Currently, I am on track to graduate by December 2019. After graduation I hope to land a full-time position and be able to move out on my own and start the next stage of my life. I have a vision of having a career that not only helps others in their daily lives but that also makes me happy and doesn’t just serve as a pay check.

While I work toward that career goal I plan to continue working for OU RecWell and expand my horizons and skills. So far, this internship has offered so many positive experiences and connected me with individuals that I instantly “clicked” with. I walked into this facility with little background in blogging and social media usage. With the right guidance and team on my side I have already learned so much and that is what drives me to stay at OU RecWell.

Throughout college I have learned that life is definitely what you make of it. Whether it’s the friends you make, the risks you take, or the choice you chose to make it will all fall into place. I chose to step out of my comfort zone and apply for this marketing internship and it has definitely paid off. So my piece of advise is don’t hold yourself back, take the next step and see where it take you even if it might seem scary at first. It all works out in the end!

Rec Well: exercising friendship, fitness, and wellness

Artboard 1-100How do students find time to connect at Oakland University while trying to balance school, work, family, and life? Zoe Garden, OU freshman commuter student, wanted to maintain a healthy lifestyle while at college and University Recreation and Well-Being (Rec Well) helped her accomplished just that. Zoe claims what continues to bring her to the Rec Center is the inclusive and non-judgmental environment that both the Rec Well staff and patrons create.

Like many students, Zoe commutes and carries a full schedule, but that doesn’t stop her from using the Rec Center. “Despite my classes throughout the morning, I try to exercise a few times a week after 5 p.m.” says Garden. In addition to taking full advantage of the cardio machines, Zoe discovered she enjoys zumba and cycling group exercise (GroupX) classes. Garden explains “the Rec Center was the first place I made new friends on campus. Through GroupX I met participants of all ages. That’s part of the fun—to become friends with people by just participating in something. I get to be myself and it’s a place where age or class/grade doesn’t matter.”

Aside from the benefit of staying active, Zoe also noticed that Rec Well helped her manage personal stress and mental health. Zoe’s health goals focus on being more energized throughout the week. “Now that I’m in college, we stay up to ridiculously late hours and I want to make sure that I don’t feel run down during the day. Exercising on campus before I leave helps me even sleep better at night” Zoe explains.

She also loves that the time she spends at the Rec Center is focused on her. “I focus on myself and it takes some of the stress away from school and other things going on in my life.” The Rec Well environment allows students to use the facility beyond exercise, also serving as a hangout spot and encourages students to engage in different activities to alleviate their minds from everyday stress.

Zoe was able to find “a home away from home” at the Rec Center and that is what the facility and Rec Well staff are here for. The mission of Rec Well is, “to offer programs, services and facilities that create a connection to OU, encourage life balance, and foster student development.” In essence, amidst full schedules of school, work, family, and life, the Rec Center is here for students to re-energize, relax, and re-charge.

Insight on intramurals at OU: 4 reasons why students think twice before participating

IMblogpicMG2While registration remains high for intramural sports at Oakland University, there is still a percentage of the population that chooses not to participate. What prevents students from signing-up for intramurals? Listed below are four common worries that steer students away.

  1. I am not good enough to play

First of all, let’s distinguish between the two leagues offered for each sport: competitive and recreational. When a player registers, they choose which league fits them best. Competitive leagues are for students skilled in a specific sport or seeking a higher level of play. Recreational leagues are less competitive and the goal is to have fun, learn some new skills on the field, and get exercise. Either way, no matter what league a student chooses to participate in, OU Rec Well’s main focus is for students to receive enjoyment and be active while playing sports.

  1. I am new to campus and do not have a team

It happens to all of us. Sometimes we don’t know enough peers who want to participate in the same activities as us, or being new to campus we simply don’t know anyone. This shouldn’t deter any student from signing-up. Luckily, OU Rec Well recognizes the importance of the free agent option for each sport.

On a personal note, my first time signing-up for intramurals was during my second semester of classes as a freshman. I commuted to campus and did not know one person. As an active individual intramurals peaked my interest, but I thought to myself, “I don’t have anyone to play with.” After some consideration I reached out to the OU Rec Well front desk and they informed me about free agents. They walked me through the process of using IMLeagues, taught me how to sign-up as a free agent, and how to reach out to other free agents to create a team.

To my surprise, I ended up loving my team and these students became my very first connections at OU. By signing-up as a free agent I was able to meet a few new people and made more connections through them. I am lucky I found this opportunity and wish I had known about free agents earlier.

  1. I do not have free time

Personally, I was concerned about having time to attend the games. In reality, intramural sports can be a relaxed activity for students.

Games are the only time commitment, which happen once a week. If a schedule conflict arises and you aren’t able to attend a game—teams are given extra players to have substitutes available.

One perk of intramurals is the variety of days and times for each sport. Several different options are available for free agents and teams.

  1. I don’t play sports

Not everyone is into playing sports and that is ok. OU Rec Well offers non-physical sport options to encourage each student to be involved in some way. As an example, “bracketology”, an activity that involves creating a bracket for March Madness is offered this winter 2018. Then, fall 2018 brings the inaugural trivia competition. These non-traditional sports are offered each semester and participants never have to step foot on the court! If you don’t play sports, be sure to register for these non-contact options, or suggest additional sports to OU Rec Well—they are always open for new suggestions.

While these are logical concerns that have crossed our minds, intramural sports are not as intimidating as once thought of. Stay active, make new connections, and be a student on campus! Just choose one to begin with. It’s time to register today for intramurals because you never know how one click-of-a-button could change your experience at OU.


Student Development Workshops


What does it take to be a leader today? Being a leader is more than a fancy title. Leadership comes with great responsibility of helping those around them to succeed, just as much as the leader once needed when they were in their shoes.

As students go through their years at Oakland University, they are gearing up to become the future leaders of tomorrow. Leadership development workshops are hosted all around campus to help build student leadership skills, and teach different perspectives that shape the reality around each person.

University Recreation and Well-Being hosts workshops that are categorized into five dimensions of well-being: physical, occupational, environmental, social, and intellectual well-being. A multitude of topics range from revamping your workout, eating healthy, or even practicing environmentally friendliness, and acing your next job interview.

As a student, attending these workshops gives you access to new information, and provides the opportunity to network with each speaker from across campus and the community.

The remaining workshops are listed below for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year. You will not want to miss them!

Register for workshops here:


New Year New You: Goal Setting

-January 8 | 7:00-8:00p.m. | Hamlin Hall | no pre-registration required

Fitness Fixes: Working out with Limited Time

-January 11 | 3-3:45p.m. | Herman Room of the Rec Center

Nutrition and Fitness

-January 15 | 7-8:00p.m. | Hamlin Hall | no pre-registration required

So You made a Resolution?…

-January 16 | 7-7:45p.m. | Vandenberg Glass Rooms

Taste of Group Exercise

-January 22 | 7-8:00p.m. | Hamlin Hall | no pre-registration required

Fitness in a Time Crunch

-January 29 | 7-8:00p.m. | Hamlin Hall | no pre-registration required

Keeping Your Status ‘Happy and Healthy’

-February 12 | 7-7:45p.m. | Vandenberg Glass Rooms

Grizzlies Go Green

-March 13 | 7-7:45p.m. | Vandenberg Glass Rooms

Focused and Fit: Getting through Finals

-April 8 |7-7:45p.m. | Vandenberg Glass Rooms

Employee Spotlight: Ciara Rechtzigel


Ciara is a Graphic Design Intern at the Rec and has been working here since September 2017. She is currently a senior studying Graphic Design at Oakland University.


Why did you want to work at the Rec?

It is an opportunity to gain experience in my field of study.


What is your favorite part about working here?

My co-workers and getting paid for what I love to do is very fulfilling.


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

Graphix OU Events


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



What are you looking forward to?

Senior Thesis, Graduating and Graduation Pictures


What are your plans for the future?

Get a job in my field, earn a certificate, and go back for Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications


Name your top 3 workout songs

  1. Kayne West- New Workout Plan
  2. Nicki Minaj- Pound the Alarm
  3. Rihanna- Disturbia


What is your best tip for health and wellness?

Surround yourself with positive people with similar goals


Fun Fact:

I think Christmas music is acceptable after October 31st.




Employee Spotlight: Elizabeth Suchocki

EmployeeSpotlight_LizElizabeth Suchocki has been a marketing intern at the Recreation Center since August 2016. She is a senior who is double majoring in journalism and graphic design here at Oakland University.


Why did you want to work at the Rec?

I started working here as an internship for my journalism capstone and when that semester ended I was asked to stay on the team. I love the mix of working with my peers and the professional staff. I get social media and digital marketing experience and paid to do what I love.


What is your favorite part about working here?

My favorite parts about working here are my co-workers and the flexibility with my schedule.


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

Yoga Classes and Street Team


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

I like to hang out with friends, participate in sorority activities, travel, read, and nap. I’m the Director of Philanthropy for my sorority so I also volunteer a lot.


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

Music and my co-workers


What are you looking forward to?

Graduating this December!


What are your plans for the future?

I plan to travel right after graduation, get a job in marketing, and hopefully travel some more.


Name your top 3 workout songs

  1. Wasted- Tiesto
  2. Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue- Toby Keith
  3. Basically anything on “Booty Bouncers Radio” on Pandora


What is your best tip for health and wellness?

My best tip for health and wellness is to seek help if you need it. It could be for physical health or mental health. All around wellness is important.


Fun Fact:

I have been to 14 of the 50 United States so far, and by the end of 2018 I plan to have visited at least 20 of the 50.