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Stephen F. Austin State University

Volume 3, Issue 4 August - October 2012

Letter from the


Five Years. What were you doing five years ago? Were you a student just starting at SFA? A graduate who voted to build a recreation center years before? A long time faculty or staff member watching as the building came to fruition? Whoever you were and whatever you were doing five years ago, Sept. 22, 2007 marked the opening of the SFA Student Recreation Center. It was a historic and memorable time for the university as well as the students who now had a place to play, learn, grow and enjoy. Over the last five years the Student Recreation Center and Campus Recreation department have provided countless opportunities for students, faculty/staff, and alumni members to get involved, stay fit, learn new skills, and be engaged in a wellness lifestyle the promotes a healthy balance in all aspects of life. We are proud to have given the students of SFA a high quality program and facility where they can easily find something to get involved in and excited about. One of the things we are proudest of is the student staff who have worked for Campus Recreation and helped to provide the great programs and services that are offered. They are the heart and soul of Campus Recreation and we are honored to have had them work with us. Some have gone into the recreation field professionally after working for us and are working at universities all across the country. Many more are successful in their own fields and hopefully carrying on the lessons that they learned while working for Campus Recreation. We are proud of all of you!

Fall 2012 Campus Recreation Staff Ken Morton Director Janice Casper Office Manager

Please help us celebrate the five year anniversary of the opening of the Student Recreation Center by joining us if you can in the schedule of events you will find inside this newsletter. If you are unable to join us we would love to have you be a part of the celebration by sending a birthday card to the Rec Center with a few good memories or thoughts about what the Rec Center has meant to you. Another great way to celebrate is by donating to the Dr. Ray Worsham scholarship. This helps provide a scholarship for a current Campus Recreation student employee while at the same time honoring the legacy of Dr. Worsham who ran the intramural program for 40 years here at SFA. Information can be found in the newsletter about this fund. Whatever you decide to do, please remember to celebrate on Sept. 22nd.

Kelley Consford Administrative Asst. Cody Kuykendall Intramural Sports, & Camps Evan Coulson Outdoor Pursuits Suzie Heffernan Aquatics & Special Events

Happy Birthday Student Recreation Center! Axe-Em Jacks!

Travis Lankford Sport Clubs Kati Van Dunk Promotions & Sponsorships

1817 Wilson Drive • Nacogdoches, Texas 75962 Phone: (936) 468-3507 • Page 1


Campus Recreation strives to promote physical, emotional, intellectual, socio-cultural, environmental, spiritual, and career/financial health for all who participate. You can see how each of our program areas enhances each of these areas of wellness in the 2012 Fall Program Guide on our website at The following events are ways you as a Campus Recreation alumnus can stay involved:

Register Now for the 2012 Homecoming 5K Run and Disc Golf Tournament! Homecoming 2012 is going to be full of fun and memorable events, but make sure to put these two in your calendar! New traditions are always exciting! Be a part of the first ever Homecoming Disc Golf Tournament this year! The event will take place on Friday, October 19 and begin at 2pm. Teams of two will compete at the Pecan Park disc golf course in Nacogdoches. Register through the SFA Alumni Association website at For more information please visit the Alumni page on the Campus Rec website. Campus Recreation and the SFA Alumni Association will be hosting the 3rd Annual Homecoming 5K on Saturday, October 20. The run will begin at 8am. Registration will begin August 27 and will take place through For more information please visit the Alumni page on the Campus Rec website.

Rugby Hosts Annual Alumni Game In 1974, when SFA Rugby first started, the first jerseys were purple and white. But when those ran out, the purple and white jerseys were too expensive, and the team bought the only jerseys they could afford. So SFA Rugby wore maroon and gold jerseys for a few years! This is just one of the many stories that make rugby special to those who have participated over the years. Be a part of SFA Rugby history by attending the Annual SFA Rugby Alumni Game on October 13. The team will be wearing their pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and will be selling T-shirts at the game, with profits going to the Breast Cancer Research Center of East Texas.

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It’s the Rec Center’s 5th Birthday on Sept 22! Celebrate with us the whole week!

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Daily Birthday Gifts From Campus Recreation To You: Membership Monday $5 memberships for the month of September (for new members only) $5 spouse or dependent membership (for current members only) Team Tuesday

Receive a coupon for $5 off your next Intramural Sport team registration

Wind Down Wednesday $5 15 minute massages from our certified massage therapist

Thrive Thursday High 5 - Climb to the top of the Rock Wall for a prize Low 5 - Swim to the bottom of diving well for a prize Free Guest Friday

Any current Rec Center member can bring in a guest for free

Student Rec Center’s 5th Birthday!

Wish us a happy birthday on Facebook or Twitter! Send in your favorite Campus Rec memories.

BIRTHDAY BINGO We will also be celebrating with Birthday Bingo September 17-21. Grab a Bingo card at the Welcome Desk and try something new! Once you have a Bingo, turn your card in to the Welcome Desk. All cards are due Friday, September 21 by 4pm. At 4pm, we will have cake and drinks for everyone to enjoy as we wish the Rec Center a happy birthday and draw a winning Bingo card! You do not have to be present to win, but it would be awesome if you could join us! Page Page 4 4

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Meet Our New Campus Recreation Staff Members! Suzie Heffernan - Coordinator for Aquatics & Special Events

Coming into college, I decided that I was not going to work because I had always been a three-sport athlete and worked all of high school, so this would be the first time where I could focus all of my attention on my academics. However, instead of dedicating all of this new found time to my studies, I decided that taking two naps a day and playing Kirby’s Avalanche for hours on end was a better use of my time then studying. After my first semester of receiving less than exceptional grades, I had the epiphany that maybe I had too much time on my hands, and that I should look into finding a job. This is when I saw that Recreation was looking for officials! You got to choose the days and times you worked, and it paid. After a semester of officiating, I was signed up to be an Intramural Supervisor. From there I was promoted to the Administrative Assistant, where I was scheduling all of our Intramural Sports. It was in this position that I was fortunate enough to be one of the first students to attend a NIRSA regional conference. It was in Lincoln, NE, and it was the first time I realized that I could actually make a career out of what I loved.

As graduation neared, I really had to start asking myself what it was that I was going to do with the rest of my life. After contemplating my choices, I decided to stay at South Dakota State University, because it provided me with so many opportunities. We had a brand new facility and were a quickly growing program. I oversaw the lifeguards and our indoor pool, our gym supervisors, and supervised Intramural Sports. Upon the completion of my master’s degree, I had decided that I wanted to travel and see a different area of the world. When the position at SFA came open, I saw a school with a great facility, a beautiful pool, and a department that I could really see myself thriving in. My goals within Aquatics and Special Events are to continue to grow our Group Swim Lesson program and to host different events that cater to the needs of all of our students here at SFA. My favorite aspect of working in Campus Recreation is watching students have what I like to refer to as “Aha” moments. These moments are the times when after so much work and explanation of a certain thing finally clicks, and you can physically see them go, “Aha… now I understand the importance!”

Manny Bryant - Graduate Assistant for Facilities & Member Services

I started working in Campus Recreation in Fall 2009 as undergrad at UTSA. My first two years I was an Operations Assistant, and my last year I was promoted to Facility Manager which is the highest promotion a student employee can get. During my last semester as an undergrad is when I realized that I want to be working in Campus Rec as my career, so I took the next step and became a Graduate Assistant of Facilities at SFA in July of 2012. I came to SFA for a few reasons. It has a fairly brand new facility built in 2007. The program is well known across NIRSA, and I know that my time here will give me the experience that I need to get a good job in Campus Recreation after I graduate in two years. It is still in Texas so I am not too far from home and I can visit my family when I want too.

My favorite thing about Campus Rec is that it gives the opportunity for students to have a better experience in college. For our patrons it gives them a place to stay fit, meet new people, and learn about living a healthier lifestyle which in the long run will enable them to live a better life. For our student employees it gives them a chance to learn transferable skills from this job to jobs after they graduate so they are better prepared to market themselves and allows them to earn money for their personal needs. Six months ago I did not know what I wanted to do after I graduated, and because of Campus Rec, I now have a good job and found a career that I know I will be happy in.

Cody Kuykendall - Coordinator for Intramural Sports & Camps

I started working in campus recreation as a sports official at Oklahoma State University. My first year working at OSU I officiated flag football, basketball and team handball. I eventually moved up into the role of Intramural Sports Supervisor. Upon graduation I went to graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was the Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports. I continued to improve and expand my experiences in campus recreation. I had the opportunity to run multiple special events, and work more in depth with intramural sports. Throughout graduate school I continued to focus on sports officiating, and developed my skills as a teacher and evaluator. I also had the opportunity to serve as the Nebraska State Student Representative, where I worked closely with other student leaders as well as professionals around the Region V to improve the NIRSA impact and involvement among the students. After graduating from UNL, I went to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to work in the campus recreation department as the Competitive Sports Coordinator – Intramural Sports. In this position I ran the Seahawk Officials Development Program, and directly advised eight of our thirty sport clubs.

SFA has a very good reputation among NIRSA. The quality of professionals, students and activities here at SFA are looked at as standards across the NIRSA community. This is one of the things that attracted me to SFA from the start. I have been an active member of NIRSA for five years, and SFA has been well represented at multiple conferences and events. The commitment to student development here at SFA is something that played a large role in my decision to come here. As the Coordinator for Intramural Sports and Camps I am looking to continue to drive the program and department forward. Offering not just the standard activities but offering programs that are a little outside the box is important for the development and improvement of a department. I hope to offer some new and exciting activities for the students, faculty and staff at SFA. My favorite thing about working in campus recreation is working with the students, and that is the most exciting part about my job at SFA. I am looking forward to working with all the students here and helping them develop as college students. Being able to positively impact the experience that students have at SFA makes my job that much more enjoyable.

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FITNESS AND WELLNESS There are few things worse for your health than leading a sedentary lifestyle. Even the vast amount of sugar and potato chips you inevitably eat can be offset by SOME activity. In an active lifestyle, you will find yourself eating and doing the right things because it becomes something that matters to you. Health becomes a virtue. There is no doubt that working out can become rather monotonous. Routines become regular, then boring, then discarded, and the end product of starting a workout routine is not working out at all. In Fitness & Wellness, we tend to be passionate about working out in the safest and most efficient ways possible. We are proud of our ability to provide expertise in leading our patrons to a healthy lifestyle in the gym. While we may not say it, we never forget what is at the core of that passion: health. We also understand that going to the gym is not the only way and is not enough to be an all-around healthy individual. Physical activity is empowering. Feeling as if you can overcome difficulty, both physical and mental, helps you lead an overall better life.

Rock Climbing

Take the time to go on a rock climbing expedition (with trained climbers, of course) or head to your local rec center where they probably have an indoor rock wall. Even better, bring a friend with you. Whether it is a new friend or a best friend, getting out and doing something challenging and active together can bring your friendship to new heights‌literally! Rock climbing is a fantastic full body workout that improves your cardiovascular health, leading to weight loss and improved muscle tone and strength.

Trail Running/Bike Riding

With all of its comforts and leisurely pleasures, there is something that has been lost in modern society. Being outside in nature and breathing fresh air gets you in touch with your most basic human roots. Is running something you were interested in but you just can’t force yourself to get on the old clothes hanger‌ I mean treadmill? Instead of changing the activity, change the scenery! Running becomes much more enjoyable with beautiful scenery around you. The same can be said for bike riding. Many cities now have health initiatives that provide running/ biking trails and recreational parks. Even if your city or town does not, there is nothing wrong with going rugged and taking a walk or run through nature. Just put those old running shoes on or bring out the bike and head outside!


Get a group of friends or coworkers and head over to the basketball court or soccer field! Sports provide a feeling of camaraderie that cannot be found anywhere else. You will discover the joy and benefits of working together with a group while also challenging your body in hard and unpredictable ways. That means your body is constantly adapting and improving itself, thus getting stronger and healthier.

The best part is that these are not the only ways to get out and be active. The important thing is just to be active. There is no excuse to not get out and enjoy a beautiful day doing something that is both enjoyable and healthy. Once you do that, good health becomes a nice by product of having a good time. Page 6

BLAST FROM THE PAST Where They Are Now An update on former Campus Rec employees

Wes Davis worked at Campus Recreation for over three years. Throughout his time at SFA, he held several positions: Head Lifeguard, Operations Manager, Lifeguard Instructor, and Water Safety Instructor. Wes will be receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Spatial Science this August. Wes notes that his best experience at Campus Rec was training new lifeguards and head guards at the Rec Center. “Working at Campus Rec helped me develop professionally and prepared me for the outside world. Because of the leadership development at Campus Rec, I’m confident in my résumé and interview skills.”

Wes hanging out in Aquatics storage

Wes is currently working at Greater Houston Pool Management as an Area Supervisor. His advice to current employees is “to go to as many of the leadership workshops as you can. They’re extremely helpful and informative.”

Kendra Caldwell (Rushing) worked for Campus Recreation for four years as a lifeguard, and an Intramural office assistant. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from SFA in 2001, majoring in kinesiology and minoring in special education. Kendra says her best memories of working at Campus Rec involved hanging around the office with Janice (Casper), working with other employees to play pranks on Mr. Campbell and Dr. Worsham.” Despite all the shenanigans, Kendra also notes that they all worked really hard. “Power washing our prehistoric outdoor pool was also unforgettable.” Kendra is currently working as a physical therapist and rehab director in Nashville, TN. She says her time at Campus Recreation “taught me how to work hard while also throwing in some fun at the same time and you won’t dread going to work everyday.” Her advice to current employees is to “enjoy your time being an employee for Campus Rec; you will never forget your time there and the wonderful memories you will make. Be nice to Janice!!”

Kendra with her daughter Charlie

If you are a former Campus Rec employee or participant and want to be featured in this newsletter, please contact us at or 936-468-5844. Please include your experiences working at SFA Campus Recreation and what you’ve been doing since your time at SFA. If possible, please also include a recent picture. Page 7

Where Are You Now? A look at former IMS participants

With a new year of Intramural Sports upon us, we thought it would be interesting to share the Fall 2011 Intramural Champions from our major team sports. Do you recognize any of these young men and women? They have already made their mark on championship history, but can they defend their titles this year? Stay connected with SFA Campus Recreation to find out!

If you have team pictures from your time at SFA and want to be featured in this newsletter, please contact us at or 936-468-5844. Please include names of your teammates if possible, as well as any other information about the picture, event, date, etc. Page 8

Sport Clubs NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS Bass Pair Takes Home A Win

The Bass Fishing Club had a busy summer, competing in tournaments around the country. The team of Preston Whisenhunt and Jared West won the Texas Collegiate Championship at Choke Canyon. Here are the results from other tournaments: • Fort Gibson ESPN Qualifier - 8th, Jordan Grimm & Brian Blades • Pickwick National Championship - 89th , Preston Whisenhunt & Jared West • Toledo Bend FLW Qualifier - 15th, Eric Warner & Colby McClary • ESPN National Championship Red River - 32nd, Jordan Grimm & Brian Blades Congrats to all the fishermen, and good luck this fall! The club will have new leadership this semester, with Kyle Turner taking over as club president.

Men’s Fall Soccer Schedule DATE Sat, Sept 15 Sun, Sept 16 Sat, Sept 22 Sat, Sept 29 Sat, Oct 13 Sun, Oct 14 Sat, Oct 20 Sun, Oct 21

TIME 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm Noon

OPPONENT Rice UT Dallas Northwestern St Texas Tech San Antonio UNT UT Arlington TCU

LOCATION Rice SFA Northwestern UT Dallas SFA SFA UT Arlington SFA

Women’s Fall Soccer Schedule DATE Sat, Sept 1 Sat, Sept 8 Sun, Sept 9 Sat, Sept 15 Sun, Sept 30 Sat, Oct 6 Sat, Oct 13

TIME 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm 1pm

OPPONENT Sam Houston St. Edward’s U of Houston Texas A&M LSU Lamar Sam Houston


Both men’s and women’s teams hope to compete in the regional tournament Oct 26-28 in Richardson, TX.

New Sport Clubs For This Fall This year SFA has established two new clubs: Women’s Basketball and Swimming. The clubs are very excited to recruit new members, start practicing, and competing. Women’s Basketball Our Women’s Basketball team has been competing for the several years now as part of the Men’s Basketball club. They have competed in the NCCS Region IV Basketball Tournament the past three years. In 2012, at Oklahoma State, after a strong finish, our team fell short of the championship, but De’Nisha Love was selected to the All-Tournament team, naming her one of the tournament’s best players. This year, our women will become their own club under the Sport Clubs program and will continue their tradition of high level competition. Women’s Basketball Club President: Meghan Love Swimming This year we also welcome our newest club, the Swimming Club. Founded by officers Hannah Ortiz and Lauren Ontiveros, our Swimming Club looks to begin competition this school year. Beginning in March 2012, the club has had a decent turnout of members, but looks to build off that momentum in the upcoming semester. Swimming Club President: Hannah Ortiz

Want to get in touch with old club members? Please e-mail us at or call 936-468-1434 and give us some details about your experience with the club program, when you were a part of the club, and who you are looking for. We will do everything we can to help. Page 9

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Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship Fund The Campus Recreation Department is excited to announce the creation of the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship is created to provide financial assistance to current student employees of the Campus Recreation Department. Dr. Raymond “Ray” Worsham was the Intramural Department Director at SFA for 43 years prior to the creation of the Campus Recreation Department. Dr. Worsham was the keystone to the Intramural Department for more than four decades and his dedication and lasting impact is something that we will celebrate for decades to come with the creation of this scholarship. Under Dr. Worsham, intramural sports flourished to the highest numbers the program has ever seen. Thousands of students spent nights playing on the intramural fields, in the HPE and around campus over Dr. Worsham’s tenure. The strong intramural tradition lives on through our current sport offerings, THE intramural champ shirt, the contact we have with former student athletes in the program and we are privileged to honor him with this scholarship. For more information about the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Endowed Scholarship, please contact Janice Casper, Campus Recreation Office Manager at or call 936-468-1569.

If you would like to donate to the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship Fund, please follow these simple steps: 1. Visit 2. Select “Donate Online” next to SFA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. 3. Select Alumni Scholarship Fund as the donation type and specify “Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship.” 4. Complete all required information. 5. Submit your donation. You can also join the Alumni Interest Chapter on the SFA Alumni website to follow Nacogdoches Alumni Chapter events. Page 10

Rec Insider - August-October 2012  

Quarterly newsletter for alumni, members, and supporters of Stephen F. Austin State University Campus Recreation. This issue features birth...

Rec Insider - August-October 2012  

Quarterly newsletter for alumni, members, and supporters of Stephen F. Austin State University Campus Recreation. This issue features birth...