Page 1



HOWDY! Fifteen years old and still looking like new! It is hard to believe that fifteen years has already passed since then Student Body President Toby Boenig and the Aggie Family opened the Rec Center on August 25th, 1995! Thanks to the vision of student and staff leaders, over nineteen million guests have entered the Rec since it opened! Since the inception of the building, the futuristic vision of staff has ensured that funds are set aside yearly to preserve and update the appearance, equipment and technology of the Rec Center. This philosophy has kept the Student Recreation Center on the cutting edge. Like those that saw the need and voted to pass a fee that would allow for the building of the Rec Center, current students see the need to keep the Rec in great condition. As such, students have assumed the role of care taker of the Rec Center and those who use the facility take care of it to ensure future Aggies will have quality equipment, technology and a facility that continues to meet the expectations of all Aggies. As always, special mention must be made of our Aggie Family. I would like to thank all our former student staff, former sport club members, and friends who have supported the Department of Recreational Sports. Your support allows endowments to provide scholarships, leadership development opportunities, equipment, and other benefits for sport clubs and individual student staff. For those interested in supporting some aspect of the Department, now is the perfect time to donate. Thanks to the Texas A&M Foundation and their online giving program, donating has never been easier. Go to Use the “Select a College or Program to Support menu” and select “Recreation Sports” from the Student Affairs section. Then, direct your gift to the appropriate endowment or fund you wish to support. In closing, I would like to encourage all former student staff to reflect back on the time they were in school and in need of financial support. Now, you have the opportunity to provide support to the next generation of Aggies in their educational and recreational endeavors. Therefore, I request that you continue to support the Department of Recreational Sports. Donate today! Thanks and Gig’em!

James M. Welford Associate Director of Development


contents Dennis Corrington


New Faces


Ready to Swing into Action?


Rec Sports Spirit Returns to Aggieland


Rec Sports Reunion




Sailing to Success




Sports Clubs




Get RECognized




Stay in Touch


Giving Back


Communications Intern and Project Manager - Emily Miller Communications Coordinator/Graphic Artist - Kelly VonDrehle Marketing Director - Michelle Briggs Associate Director of Development - James Welford

dennis corrington Lifetime of Fun. Profession of Service.

THESE DAYS, COMMITTING TO ONE JOB for an entire career is not always the norm. In fact, many students entering the work force have been taught to pursue multiple jobs throughout their professional lives. But for Dennis Corrington, the Department of Recreational Sports has been the perfect fit for over thirty-seven years. Corrington, who was hired in 1973 as the Director of Intramurals, has played an integral part in making Rec Sports what it is today. As a testament to his hard work and dedication, Corrington was recently named Executive Director of the Department of Recreational Sports. During his time at Texas A&M, Corrington has seen the student body grow from 18,000 students to 50,000+ students and the Rec Sports annual budget of $50,000 increase to $16 million. However, Corrington said the biggest adjustment he has seen during his time here has been a change in the mission of the Department of Recreational Sports. When Corrington began working at Texas A&M, the goal of Rec Sports was to “provide sports recreation and/or competitive outlets for students.” This was primarily fulfilled through extensive intramural opportunities for students. Today, the mission of Rec Sports is to provide quality programs, services and facilities to a diverse Texas A&M community. Rec Sports also encourages a lifestyle of healthy living that will extend beyond the average four years that most students spend at Texas A&M University. Corrington aims for every Aggie “to have the opportunity to understand what living a healthy lifestyle means.” Rec Sports does this by giving Texas A&M students, staff, and former students the facilities and means necessary to accomplish their overall goal. “This has meant a significant shift in thinking about how we do business at Rec Sports,” Corrington explained. The addition of strength

training equipment, Group RecXercise classes, day-long recreational swimming, massage therapy and a healthy living lecture series are all examples of how Rec Sports embraced the new mission to help Aggies live healthy lifestyles. “The college experience is supposed to be an educational experience,” said Corrington on reaching out to the student population. “If every Aggie that graduates here has learned something about living a healthy lifestyle, then we are benefiting the population of students and beyond.” Though it is a challenge to keep up with the ever-growing student population at Texas A&M, Rec Sports has been able to develop alongside the university. The high standards of Rec Sports and its commitment to students are well known throughout the country. Corrington said of other universities, “If they aren’t benchmarking against us, they should be.” Rec Sports is often in the process of upgrading and maintain facilities. Currently, plans are being finalized to update and improve the Golf Course and add four artificial turf fields at Penberthy. When asked what to expect for the future of Rec Sports, Corrington anticipated that future construction will almost double the size of the Rec Center, and could be underway within the next six months. It is clear that Texas A&M and the Department of Rec Sports have greatly benefited from Corrington’s thirty-seven years of hard work and dedication. John Meyer, former Assistant Director at Rec Sports, spoke highly of Corrington at the Rec Sports Reunion on October 16th saying, “Dennis Corrington was a great boss. He gave you the tools you needed to do your job. That is a mark of a great leader!”


new faces Meet the new full-time staff and graduate assistants. JEFF FOUNTAIN ‘96 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR


“This is not just a Rec Center. It’s the biggest gym I’ve ever seen, and it’s not just a gym, it has a variety of services. It has good stress. Good, competitive stress. You feel it in the air. No one comes to the Rec and hates being here.”

“I enjoy working with friendly people on a daily basis!”



“Working for Rec Sports is not just a job, it is a lifestyle! Every day we get introduced to something new and so far I have enjoyed every minute of it!”

“The academic program has a great reputation in the field of Student Affairs and after meeting the Rec Sports staff I really felt they care about others succeeding.”



“The thing that motivated to want to work here was the tradition and respect that Texas A&M had throughout NIRSA and their strong support of student and staff development.”

“The bricks of the Walk of Champions caught my eye. These are so unique, and it’s great to see the love people have for A&M and Rec Sports.”

ready to swing into action? The Texas A&M Golf Course hosts the 39th Annual Golf Classic. THIS YEAR’S 39TH ANNUAL GOLF

will be held May 20th and 21st at the Texas A&M Golf Course. The event is open to the public and offers tiered pricing for Texas A&M students. The tournament features a six man scramble format, making it unique to any other tournament in the Bryan College Station area. The Texas A&M Golf Course staff expects to register at least 120 participants but space is limited to the first 144 participants. Registration fees include green fees, cart fees, range balls for two days, complimentary beverages and snacks, ditty bag, hat, contest holes, lunch Friday, food and two drinks at the Friday evening event, breakfast and lunch Saturday and awards. Profits from the Golf Classic are used to finance the daily operations of the Golf Course and to promote junior golf for Bryan/College Station youth. Each year, the Texas A&M Golf Course offers scholarships to junior golfers granting them access to the golf course for three months during the summer. The Texas A&M Golf Course targets students entering grades 6-8 because they are not eligible to play on CLASSIC

high school teams. Typically, eight to fifteen students are selected. There are also many opportunities for businesses to support the mission and values of the Texas A&M Golf Course and junior golf through sponsorship opportunities in the 39th Annual Golf Classic. In the past, businesses have donated items that can be used as prizes or for bid in the silent auction. Some companies prefer to be a tee, range, club house, meal or corporate sponsor each of which gives varying degrees of exposure to the Texas A&M Community. For more information about how to get involved with the Texas A&M Golf Classic please contact RICK KAHLICH or MARK HAVEN at 979-845-1723 or 979-8621419. If you are interested in participating in the 39th Annual Golf Classic you can find registration information at RECSPORTS.TAMU.EDU.

Space is limited! We recommend that you complete your registration as soon as possible to ensure you have a spot in this year’s Golf Classic! Look for details online soon!


rec sports spirit returns to aggieland What have these Rec Sports alumni been up to? JOHN MEYER



John Meyer, upon his return to A&M for the first time in ten years, was proud to say, “it’s good to be back!” Meyer, a graduate of Iowa State, was hired by Dennis Corrington in 1974 as the Assistant Director of the Department of Recreational Sports. “When I arrived here, Texas A&M was the fastest growing university in the country” he said, “We had 33,000 students at the time.” During his two years as an employee at Rec Sports, Meyer remembered initiating innertube water polo, canoe races on the Brazos and saw the “big sports” like softball, football and soccer increase to nearly 500 teams each year. “Everybody pitched in and did everything together” Meyer explained. “We had incredible student employees.” He credits this team work to the incredible growth Rec Sports saw in intramurals during the early 1970’s. “Because I’ve been at several different universities people will ask me, which is my favorite” Meyer explained, “ I say the school that is head and shoulders above anybody in terms of the traditions and spirit, has been Texas A&M.” Meyer still considers Texas A&M, “one of the premiere places in the country to work because of the students.” For Meyer, the students make the difference in the quality of programs offered at Rec Sports. Their energy, contributions and commitment to keeping quality programs in place at Texas A&M really stand out. Meyer reflected on his return to Texas A&M saying, “I came back after thirty-five years and the Aggie Spirit, it is contagious.” Though College Station has “grown up” and nothing but the Dixie Chicken seems the same to him, Meyer is reassured because, “the spirit is alive and well.”

For many, the connection to Texas A&M begins as a student and most of the time, continues as a proud Aggie Parent. Keyea Peters attended her first Rec Sports Reunion this fall, and really enjoyed bringing back her student staff memories with Rec Sports alumni. Peters graduated from Texas A&M in December 1977 with a degree in education and worked as a part time student worker for the Department of Rec Sports. At the time, Peters was one of six staff members for Rec Sports. Peters explains how she “answered the phone and took racquetball reservations, a few hours a day, three to four days per week.”Peters job was fun, and the best part about it, it worked around her school schedule. Even though she was not full time, Peters said she worked as part of a close team with the other staff members. Peters said about working with Dennis Corrington, Jim Jeter and John Meyer; “I know they worked hard, but it was a great environment to be a part of.” Despite the times the staff put in long nights and hours, Peters remembers, “They were great to work for, if you could call that work! We all had so much fun. I remember Jim and John just having a good time while working, everyone enjoying all of their laughing and cutting up. “ Like Jeter and Meyer, Peters remembers a strong focus on intramural sports during her time at Rec Sports. “It seemed like everyone was involved in some kind of intramural sport.” Corrington, Meyer and Jeter all seemed to agree that Peter’s personality and enthusiasm had not changed a bit since she had last worked at Rec Sports. Peters said seeing Corrington, Jeter and Meyer again was one of her favorite parts of the Rec Sports Reunion. After graduation Peters spent fifteen years teaching, and is now enjoying being a stay-athome mom. Her daughter Kaylie is a freshman at Texas A&M and also attended the reunion with Peters this year. Peters says she is so proud of Kaylie, and hopes her son will be attending Texas A&M in the near future.

For some, the road to and from Texas A&M is well traveled. For Jim Jeter, his time at Texas A&M Rec Sports was an experience he will never forget. Jeter graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970 with a Health and Physical Education Degree. After graduation, Jeter left College Station and served for two years in the army. It was in 1973 when Jeter returned to Texas A&M, but this time as the Assistant Director of the Department of Rec Sports. Jeter describes his time working for the Department of Recreation Sports as a “dynamic time” for both the University and Rec Sports. “We had such a low participation rate when we first got here,” Jeter recalled, “but there was so much potential, and the university was growing so fast.” The university’s growth challenged the Department of Rec Sports to create quality programs and services that would appeal to the student body. While Jeter worked for Rec Sports, most recreation was focused on intramural competition. “One of the things Rec Sports helps you develop is career sports you can do for the rest of your life,” Jeter says. “You’re not going to be a professional football player for the rest of your life but you might cycle, you might swim, play racquetball or even golf, and Rec Sports is a place where you can learn all those skills.” “One of my initial responsibilities was recruiting and training intramural officials and supervisors,” Jeter explained. He estimates between two hundred to three hundred students were working for Rec Sports as officials by the time he left in 1979. When Jeter reflected on the changes he has seen since he has left Rec Sports he said, “I think Rec Sports continues to expand the quality of the facilities that are available, the level of competition for the sports clubs and the breadth of intramural competition, all of which are really pretty amazing.” In 1979, Jeter accepted a position at the Texas A&M Alumni Association where he worked for twenty years. Currently, Jeter works in Mississippi as the Chief Development Officer and the Executive Director of the St. Dominic’s Health Services Foundation. Jeter returned to Aggieland once again for the Rec Sports Reunion last October.





rec sports reunion Keeping the Aggie Spirit alive. REC SPORTS REUNIONS are great for catching up with old friends, enjoying the atmosphere of game day and reliving memories with current and previous Rec Sports Staff. This year, the Texas A&M University, Department of Recreational Sports hosted its annual reunion on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Student Recreation Center. The reunion coincided with the home football game vs. Missouri. More than 200 current and former staff attended the Reunion. Attendees were given the opportunity to use the Rec Sports facilities free of charge for the weekend and were invited to tailgate and attend the Reunion BBQ following the football game. With game time set for 11:00 am the Rec Sports tailgate started off three hours prior to game time at 8:00am, with coffee and breakfast tacos available to those who arrived before the game. The tailgate continued until the end of the 4th quarter. Spirits were high as the Reunion BBQ kicked off immediately following the game. More than four

decades-worth of former student workers, staff and sport club members came together to share stories and reunite with old friends. Jeremy Blevins, Class of 2006, worked for Rec Sports for two and a half years. He said coming to his third reunion was something he had been looking forward to because of the “great food and chance to reconnect with old friends and co-workers”. During the Reunion BBQ, current and former members of the Judo team and student staff scholarship recipient, Matthew Altendorf, took the opportunity to thank donors for their continued support of Rec Sports programs and endowments. Next year the Rec Sports Reunion will be held on October 15th, the same day the Aggies face off against Baylor, so be sure to save the date! Additional information about next year’s reunion will be available in the Spring. Make sure to RSVP at HTTP://RECSPORTS. TAMU.EDU/DEVELOPMENT/REUNION.STM to let us know we can count on seeing you there!

tailgates Fall, football and fightin’ Texas Aggie tailgates. IT IS GAME DAY at Kyle Field. The unique blend of the War Hymn echos through campus, whoop’s are passed among strangers and the sound of senior cadets’ boot spurs on the concrete is impossible to recreate. The collective Spirit of generations of Aggies arriving to represent the 12th Man cannot be described, only felt. Nothing can compete with Game Day in Aggieland. So why experience Game Day anywhere else? Instead of being stuck on a couch on Game Day, the Department of Recreational Sports invites all current student staff, former student staff, and Sport Club members to stop by and enjoy the sounds, spirit and fun offered at a Fightin’ Texas Aggie Tailgate. For each home football game, Rec Sports sets up a tailgate on the front lawn of the Student Recreation Center and grills hot dogs and sausage. Water and non-alcoholic beverages are provided. Chris Weachock, a graphic artist for Rec Sports, helps set up the tailgates before each home game. He says, “These tailgates are a great way to meet new people and mingle with current and previous Rec Sports Staff. Usually alumni and current students are the ones who stop by so

you get a wide variety of interesting people.” Rec Sports would like to encourage Sport Clubs, intramural teams or other groups associated with Rec Sports to host a joint tailgate with Rec Sports in the future. This fall, the Judo Club reunited with current and previous club members through a joint tailgate with Rec Sports. It was a great way for the Judo Club to get everyone together again to reflect on great memories from the past and get excited about the great activities planned for the future. If you are interested in attending a specific tailgate in the fall, please contact JAMES WELFORD at JWELFORD@REC.TAMU.EDU. Knowing how many to people to expect at each tailgate helps Rec Sports ensure that there is enough food and water for everyone. Rec Sports hopes to see you at a tailgate next fall!


sailing to success Texas A&M Sailing Team sets sail for next spring!

SAILING TO SUCCESS is the perfect description of one of the main goals for the Texas A&M Sailing Team. Members use their knowledge and talent when competing in sailing regattas throughout Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Florida. “We race each other solely by our ability to use the wind as power,” says freshman Physics Major Travis Conger about the Texas A&M Sailing Team. “I love the mechanics of sailing and the ability to go out and glide across the water by using the power of the wind.” As part of the Texas A&M Sailing Team, Conger and his teammates have the opportunity to develop both athletic and leadership skills through practice and competition. The team was established in 1990 as a Rec Sports Club. Conger described the team dynamics, “The team is made up of only students who all work together to coach, manage, and compete. We all want to get better at sailing and the upperclassmen really help us by teaching us the many aspects of racing and sailing”. This fall, the team traveled almost every weekend and competed in events like the district’s Sloops/Team race championship in Dallas, the district’s single-handed championships at Oklahoma State and also hosted the Alumni Regatta on October 2nd. The team’s president, sophomore Petroleum Engineering major, Colin Fiek explained that the fall events were used as learning experiences for new team members, including the four freshmen who joined at the beginning of the fall semester. Like all sport clubs, the Sailing Team is managed by students. This management includes everything from setting up practice times, to securing equipment and fundraising. The Sailing Team is one of several Sport Clubs that have chosen to utilize an endowment to help financially support their team. Richard Thorp, a senior Accounting Major explained, “In a student led and student coached organization, fundraising is always an issue. Additional cash flow from the Endowment will allow us to keep dues low, bring in guest coaches and allow us to travel to bigger regattas across the country!” However, Thorp says the key focus of the endowment is sustainability. “We have former members from as far back as the 1980’s and all of us on the current team look forward to attending future alumni regattas to get to know the Sailing Team Alumni Members,” he explained. The Sailing Team’s goal is to raise $25,000 over the course of two years. This goal will allow the endowment to generate a minimum annual cash flow of $1,000. After the $25,000 is raised, the endowment can continue to grow. The team hosted its first fundraiser dedicated to the endowment

at the Houston Yacht Club on November 13th. “Our goal was to first re-connect with old members and make new connections with Aggies that did not necessarily sail in college. Second, we wanted to raise money for our endowment,” Fiek, explained. The Texas A&M Sailing Team encourages any student with an interest in sailing to join, even those with no prior sailing experience. Thorp elaborated on this point saying, “We take a lot of pride in making a nationally competitive team available to anyone who is willing to put in the effort and time necessary!” “Sailing is an expensive sport, and our team at A&M is extremely accessible for students who would not ordinarily ever get the chance to sail,” He explained. “This endowment will help ensure that this opportunity will be available for the generations of Aggies to come.” The team is planning a similar event at the Fort Worth Boat Club to be held this spring. Next semester, the team expects to be competing almost every weekend. “Though our official district schedule has not been released, we expect another similar semester of traveling throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana,” Fiek explained. So what makes the Sailing Team successful? For Thorp, “The Sailing Team is successful because of current student dedication and the constant support of our former members.” Thorp continued, “Of course, I can’t say enough about the high level of support Texas A&M provides our team through Rec Sports and the Texas A&M Foundation. Through working with teams from other universities I have been able to see how blessed our team is to receive the amount of support we do. ” To learn more about giving back to Sport Clubs, please visit HTTP:// RECSPORTS.TAMU.EDU/. You can find information about donating under the option on the “Development & Sponsors” tab by clicking on “Giving Back.”


endowments The benefits! SPORT CLUBS OFFER STUDENTS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to develop both leadership and athletic skills through collegiate competition at the state, regional and national level. Because Sport Clubs are administered by students, the team members are directly responsible for operating and managing a successful organization. Management includes maintaining the funds needed for expenses such as travel, equipment and facilities. Many of Texas A&M’s Sport Clubs have chosen to create an endowment account as a way to financially support their team presently and into the future.

Below are the endowments cureently used: The Texas A&M Sailing Team Endowment. TAMU Gymnastics Fund. Texas A&M Cycling Team Endowment. Texas A&M Men’s Rugby Team Endowment. Texas A&M Men’s Soccer Team Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Texas A&M Judo Team Endowed Scholarship. Texas A&M Taekwondo Club Endowment. Texas A&M Men’s Volleyball Club Endowment. If you would like to donate to an endowment or to the Department of Recreational Sports visit our website at HTTP://RECSPORTS.TAMU. For more information about each opportunity, please contact JAMES WELFORD, Associate Director of Development at 979-862-1856 or e-mail at JWELFORD@REC.TAMU.EDU.


sport clubs Fall 2010 Stats and Highlights. Won Region IV Tournament to advance to Nationals MEN’S & WOMEN’S SOCCER.

Advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 NCCS National Soccer Championships where Caitlin Hendler and Julie Conn received All Tournament Honors WOMEN’S SOCCER.

CYCLING. 11th Consecutive South Central Collegiate Conference Mountain Bike Champions

Placed 9th overall at the National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA) National Championships, Division I; 4th nonscholarship team in the nation. The team also placed 3rd in the NCWSA South Central Region. WATER SKI.


Finished 2nd in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Texas Division


Adam Gallant, a sophomore General Studies major and a member of the Archery Club, earned a World Champion title in three different events this September at the 8th World University Archery Championship. Gallant won 1st place in the Men’s Individual Championship and was a member of the U.S. Men’s Team and the U.S. Mixed Team, both of which came home with 1st place team titles. RUGBY

The nationally ranked Texas A&M Men’s Rugby Team was recently announced one of thirty-two teams to compete in the first season of the Collegiate Premier League. As part of this league, the team will have the opportunity to compete against leading academic institutions such as Notre Dame, LSU and Tennessee. Rec Sports is already looking forward to what the team will accomplish this spring!

Ranked 1st in the nation by the National Collegiate Paintball Association, Class AA PAINTBALL


penberthy Renovations. PENBERTHY ENTRY

Why it is Groundbreaking? PENBERTHY NOW:


8 lighted grass fields, 4 unlighted grass fields. PENBERTHY AFTER:


8 lighted grass fields and 4 lighted artificial turf fields. ( 2 primarily for Sport Clubs, 2 primarily for intramurals) MORE OF THIS:

“drop in” recreation 2 intramural fields = 4 playing areas at a time! Availability and for



Cancellations due to rain Loss of play/practice times because of Sport Club Tournaments and major weekend events


get RECognized!


2011 is right around the corner!

McMillen’s hard work shines through!

THE FALL SEMESTER may be over, but Rec Sports is hardly winding down for the year. Rec Sports takes great pride in offering unique opportunities to students, staff, and the Texas A&M community each month and hosting state-wide and national fitness programs and conferences. So, with 2011 just around the corner, everyone is already buzzing in anticipation of next year’s events.

Check out some of the great events Rec Sports has coming up: • • • • • •

Big XII and Friends and NIRSA Region 4 Conference NCCS National Flag Football Championship Aggie Pumpfest Climbing Competition Rock Camp 39th Annual Golf Classic TexFIT

Let these events put your company in direct contact with your target market! For more information about getting involved with any of the listed events, contact KELLY VONDREHLE at 979-845-1001 or KVONDREHLE@REC.TAMU.EDU.


CELEBRATING SUCCESS within the Department of Recreational Sports is a tradition. This semester we celebrate Drew McMillen for being awarded the President’s Meritorious Service Award. CONGRATULATIONS DREW!

giving back Establish your traditions.

stay in touch

AS FORMER STUDENTS AND STAFF, your generosity to the department ensures that current and future Aggies will have the finest recreational opportunities available. Whether you are an established contributor or have an interest in supporting our endeavors, a small amount can go a long way. With your help we at Rec Sports, take dreams and make them a reality. There are several programs available for contributions, including:

• The Walk of Champions Brick Campaign • The Department of Recreational Sports Endowed Scholarship • Individual sport clubs funding and endowment programs

Rec Sports wants to hear from YOU! on what’s happening with Rec Sports? Stay connected! Visit our website at recsports. and select ‘Reconnect with Rec Sports’ under the Development and Sponsors tab to start receiving information on events, clubs and more. You can also e-mail JWELFORD@ REC.TAMU.EDU to connect directly with our Associate Director of Development JAMES WELFORD. WANT THE LATEST UPDATES

THE CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE Award Program is a unique part of The Walk of Champions brick campaign. An honor dedicated to the department’s hard-working student staff, a recipient from each subdepartment is recognized for his/her outstanding service to Rec Sports. Award winners receive an engraved brick to place in the Circle of Excellence, along with a lapel pin or charm. Prominent department sponsors are also eligible to receive this award based on outstanding levels of support.


Department of Recreatioanl Sports Texas A&M University 4250 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-4250



RecLIFE Fall 2010  

Fall 2010 was an exciting semester, in this issue Dennis Corrington is debuted because of his amazing accomplishments over his years of work...

RecLIFE Fall 2010  

Fall 2010 was an exciting semester, in this issue Dennis Corrington is debuted because of his amazing accomplishments over his years of work...