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Fall 2017 - Volume 2, Issue 1

Greetings from the Director

Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Friends:

The beginning of every fall semester is always my favorite time of the school year. We go from the relatively calm pace of summer to what feels like an all-out sprint almost overnight. Thousands of students descend upon campus in a few short days and the energy and activity level is infectious. It has been compounded this year with our record enrollment that is over 41,000 students. The Recreation & Wellness team is very excited about the many ways we will help the campus community achieve their recreation, fitness, and wellness goals this year.

Move More, Achieve More!

Howard Taylor
Director, Purdue Recreation & Wellness 

Student Staff Spotlight - Marcela Cruz Haces

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Meet Marcela Cruz Haces, a PhD candidate in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, a GroupX Instructor, and the current 2017 Miss Belly Dance of Mexico. 

Marcela arrived at Purdue in 2015 and began teaching Belly Dance in the fall of 2016. While simultaneously pursuing her PhD, Marcela works in the Laboratory of Translational Neuroscience, studying traumatic brain injury. She chose this area of study because "it helps people. That's my goal." 

Growing up, Marcela was torn between dance and science. She chose science because dance changes a person in the moment but as a scientist, "I can change how people live and experience every day," says Marcela. Fortunately, she's still found a way to combine both of her passions. At the CoRec, she teaches Belly Dance and Zumba. She loves teaching because it gives people a chance to know themselves better and she gets to see people do things they never thought they could do. "It's empowering. People become stronger, more centered, and have more perseverance" she remarks. 

After receiving her PhD, Marcela wants to be a professor and researcher. That same year, she plans to pursue a professional degree in Belly Dance so that she can teach, do choreography and continue dancing.

We're so lucky to have Marcela helping our students to Move More and Achieve More. 

Student Staff Spotlight - Zach Korten

Zach Korten, a junior from Connecticut, studies Applied Exercise and Health and has worked at the CoRec in multiple capacities. He's been an official in Innertube Water Polo, Volleyball, Dodgeball, served as an Intramural Sports Supervisor, and even helps to run the social media accounts for the Intramural Sports program.

Currently serving as a Head Supervisor for Intramural Sports, Zach shared what he likes most about working at the CoRec: "It's the experience of being at the CoRec. I get to debate rules from a quiz, develop relationships with my coworkers and supervisors. It's a very upbeat, friendly, welcoming environment." Zach also loves to talk about the value of playing Intramural Sports. "We provide students with an environment to destress from school and enjoy one hour with their friends."

Not only is Zach an integral part of the Intramural Sports staff, he's highly involved elsewhere in the CoRec. After completing the ACE Personal Trainer preparatory course offered by our Strength & Conditioning program, Zach was hired as a Personal Trainer for the summer months while his committment to the Intramural program lessened. He carried the knowledge he learned to a RecWell Club Sport he is a member of, the Purdue Crew Club, for whom he created a year-long strength training program. As if early morning Crew workouts, late night Intramural shifts and a full academic course load isn't enough, Zach is currently completing a Sports Performance internship with the Purdue football team.

After graduation, Zach isn't sure what's next but he hopes to pursue either sports performance or personal training. Whatever he chooses, it will be in the health field, because as he states, his "ultimate goal is to make someone's life better." 

Alumni High Fives

  • Adam Myers was first hired as a Group X Instructor in September of 2006 and has been a dedicated employee ever since. He currently teaches Cardio Blast, Cycling, and Water Fitness. He graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor's Degree in Honors Chemistry and Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. He is a Senior Research Investigator Preformulation at Albany Molecular Research Inc. and lives in Lafayette with his family. Thank you, Adam, for your years of service to the CoRec! 
  • While at Purdue, Dr. Steve Howell worked in positions within the Intramural Sports program. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sport Management and Director of Graduate Studies at Northern Illinois University. He earned a Ph.D. in Sport Management from Purdue, as well as a Master's Degree in Chemistry and a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. He has been published thirteen times in various journals such as Journal of Applied Sport Management and recently co-authored a book chapter on Sport for Diplomacy. Steve also teaches several classes for NIU's Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Keep up the great work, Dr. Howell! 
  • Kari Miller worked as a Lifeguard and Facility Manager while earning her Bachelor's Degree from Purdue in Liberal Arts. Upon graduation in 2003, she remained a Boilermaker and transitioned into the Facilities Graduate Assistant while pursuing her Master's Degree in Kinesiology. Kari now works as the Customer & Event Services Coordinator at Oregon State University's Recreational Sports department. Kari has worked with campus partners to bring Oregon's Special Olympics State Games to her campus for the next four years. Kari says "It's a phenomenal community and I can't say I've seen of sport exhibited more profoundly than by those athletes and their families. Everyone wins." Thanks for representing Boilermaker Nation so well, Kari! 
  • Jeremy Chance began his CoRec career as a Fitness Consultant and before graduating from Purdue with his second Bachelor's degree in 2014, he served as a Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Intern. After graduation, Jeremy moved to Houston, Texas to serve as the Fitness Graduate Assistant for the University of Houston's Department of Campus Recreation. While there, Jeremy earned the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services' Graduate Assistant of the Year award for the 2015-2016 school year. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Sport and Fitness Administrationin 2016 and currently serves as the FitWell Coordinator of the Strength and Conditioning Zones at the John Wooden Center at UCLA Recreation. We are proud to see the Boilermaker brand succeeding all the way on the West Coast!

Do you know any Recreation & Wellness alumni that deserve a High Five? If so, email with their name, contact information, and a brief nomination. 

Facility Updates

Aerial shot of field

We are committed to using our resources in an efficient and effective manner to serve our Purdue community. We are excited about our upcoming facility projects which will improve the recreational facility conditions for our students and allow us to operate with a high level of efficiency. 

  • Northwest Recreation Fields: The Northwest Fields are moving into the final stages of development. The 35 acre space will be home to many of our Club Sports teams, including Soccer, Rugby, Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, and Cricket. This complex will offer competition and practice spaces and is targeted for opening in Fall 2018.
  • Pickett Park Outdoor Fitness: Thanks to a generous donation, a variety of outdoor fitness equipment was installed at Pickett Park. The elements include an escalating monkey-bar rig, ab benches, plyo boxes, parallel bars and stretching bars. The equipment is conveniently located along our walking and running trail which travels through Pickett Park.
  • Outdoor Basketball Court Resurfacing: Over time, outdoor playing surfaces become porous and cracked. In an effort to preserve the space, our outdoor basketball courts will be resurfaced which will improve playing conditions for participants. 
  • Gold Field Irrigation: The Gold Playing Fields serve our Intramural Sports participants and will be outfitted with full scale irrigation. This will allow us to properly water and maintain the spaces and improve the quality of the fields.
  • Gold & Black Gym Storage Room: A new 750 sq. foot storage room will be constructed adjacent to the Gold & Black Gym. The Gold & Black Gym is a highly desired space for special events, reservations, and career fairs. This storage room will be the new home for our banquet and catering equipment, allowing for easy and efficient access. 

Remembering Kris Swank

Kris Swank

Kris Swank was hired at Purdue University in 1989 and came to the CoRec in Fall 1990 as an Intramural Sports Clerk. She later served as the administrator of the Welcome Center and Secretary to the Director. Kris touched many students and staff during her time with us. She truly loved her student employees and was committed to providing the best service to all of our patrons and members. Thank you Kris for making the CoRec such a welcoming place to so many!

Kris moved to a position with Oncological Sciences at Discovery Park in 2005 and retired from there in January of this year. She was active in her church and in the community. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, serving others, and walking. For those of you who remember Kris, you probably remember her walking all over campus and all over town! 

The CoRec Family sends our thoughts and prayers to Kris' family. 

Purdue Day of Giving 2017 Recap

Purdue Day of Giving - Thank You

Thanks to your generosity on Purdue Day of Giving 2017, RecWell and Club Sports accounts received over $25,000 in donations from over 750 donors including gifts from over 300 first-time donors. This is a 393% growth in donations from Purdue Day of Giving 2016. Wow! These gifts included the first ever donations to our RecWell Student Success Fund which we hope to soon endow for the benefit of our student employees. 

In addition to the generosity of individuals like you, our clubs and RecWell accounts also received $6,750 from participation in Day of Giving hourly challenges. Our Instagram Video of "Hail Purdue" earned us an extra $2,000! Check it out here

We look forward to your continued partnership in helping us to make a difference in the lives of Boilermakers. 

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