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Volume 16 Issue 1 Spring 2012

From the Director One of the most exciting developments for Campus Recreation this past year has been the first dedicated effort into our newest area, Outdoor Pursuits. Thanks to collaborative consultation and several meetings in 20102011 with a very supportive group (several RPTA professors, Mike McGowan, Paul Schlag, Mike Lukkarinen, Dan Yoder, Dale Adkins, Kathleen Pawelko, Horn Field Director, Mindy Pheiffer, our outstanding graduate assistant, Grant Fleetwood—RPTA graduate, 2011, Jason Ruehle, and Milly MacDonell), we have put together the beginning stages of our Outdoor Pursuits program. This first year we offered a combination of on-campus adventure workshops, as well as some interesting, regional trips. The trips were kept manageable for our small staff, wanting to gage the interest and participation of the students. All of these efforts have proven successful and received rave reviews upon evaluations. The programs this year have included:  Adventure Workshop Series: Orienteering, Planning your own Trip, Bike Maintenance, Star Hike, Camping Basics, Camp Cuisine, Knot Tying, and Cold Weather Camping.  Shawnee National Forest/Garden of the Gods Camping Trip  Mammoth Cave Wild Cave Tour  Ski trip to Perfect North Ski Slopes in IN  Spring break trip to work on trails and canoe down the Buffalo River  An upcoming trip to the Boundary Waters in May In these challenging fiscal times, we needed to show interest and without expending too much on the front end. Grant Fleetwood, Brandon Meyer, and Jason Ruehle have worked hard and established a great foundation of success for this program. There is forward momentum for a new outdoor director to come in and grow this program with their own creativity and energy.

Another recent initiative, Employee Wellness, has also continued to grow and capture more interest. A few years ago, I asked Associate Director Judy Yeast to take on this project, as there were pockets of people across campus doing various things to work with their own employees. We met with Human Resources and the Vice President of Administrative Services (VPAS) and asked if Judy could attempt to corral these various campus experts and lead the University in a new unified effort. To Judy’s credit, she has had phenomenal success at meeting and exceeding this challenge. The Employee Wellness Committee has had some innovative and energized collaborative ideas. There are now regular opportunities for health screenings and speakers. Over 100 active employees have joined “Leathernecks in Training” working toward a 5K run. There is also increased financial backing from the VPAS! Judy has definitely been a superb influence in promoting wellness and unifying the campus in awareness of the many opportunities to selfeducate and enhance their own health. Lastly, I would like to thank our entire die hard, dedicated staff for the awesome work they do. They each earn my respect and appreciation more and more each and every day! Milly & Riley I am so blessed to have such caring and creative people who truly love the students. We may not always get it 100%, but I think we do a tremendous job at providing excellent facilities, equipment, programming and service for our students and patrons. A huge THANK YOU goes to all my wonderful staff.


Program Updates

In the News

Brian VanAcker, former Campus Recreation Graduate Assistant, was the featured guest speaker for National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Brian led two workshops at the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center. The first was titled Brian VanAcker (right) & "Beginning Running: Training Dustin Van Sloten for your first race," and the second was "Long Distance Running: Half Marathons." Brian received his bachelor's degree (1999) in kinesiology and his master's degree (2001) in sports management from WIU. He is currently the organizational manager for the Chicago Area Runners Association (www.cararuns.org) and is an active recreation runner. The event was sponsored by the Visiting Lecturer Committee and the Council on Student Activities Funds.

Michael Bradley (RPTA ’08) recently was honored with the prestigious annual National Recreation and Park Association Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Bradley is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the health, leisure and human performance department at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater and is in the process of completing his dissertation.

Recreational Sport Professional Society (R.S.P.S.) They earn over $900 in their annual T-shirt auction for their professional development of their membership. We received t-shirts from 85 institutions across the country and Canada. Congratulations to Liz Greenlee who received one of five scholarships from the Illinois IntramuralRecreational Sports Association to attend NIRSA. Liz is serving this year as the president of RSPS.

Mike Bradley

Chad Ellsworth has been elected as the NIRSA Region VI Representative. Scott Frank (SM ’01) is serving as State Director for Nebraska and South Dakota. Judy Yeast (SM ’81), Associate Director of Campus Recreation, was awarded the 2011 Illinois IntramuralRecreational Sports Association Service Award recently for her service and contributions to the recreation sports field. Judy has been at Western Illinois University for 31 years. Greg Kaefer (SM ’81) was the first recipient of this award. Greg will retire this spring from the University of Illinois-Chicago after 30 years in the recreational sports profession.

Big Pink Volleyball has a national website, bigpinkvolleyball.weebly.com, developed by Courtney James (CSP ’10) and a new You Tube video by University Relations.  Total Money Raised to Date - $108,685.41  Total Raised for Susan G. Komen for the Cure $60,320.58  Total Raised for Other Affiliates - $41,777.15  11,817 Total Participants  1,571 Total Teams  5,402 Total Shirts Sold  “Like” Big Pink Volleyball on Facebook, at facebook.com/bigpinkvolleyball Left to right: Judy Yeast, Brian Cousins, Maureen McGonagle, and Greg Kaefer


Spring 2011 Graduate Assistants

Front Row: Molly McKeogh, Caitlin Davis, Lauren VanSloten, Stephanie Howe; Back Row: Jay Swenson, Pat McGrath, Brian Weaver, David Wagner, and Brigham Phillips

GA Interviews Anne Bolton (RPTA ‘06) is currently working for the U.S. Navy, Moral Welfare Recreation on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6), stationed at San Diego, CA. Her title on the ship is Afloat Recreation Specialist. Anne’s job consists of running the recreation program for 3,000 sailor and marines. Some of the events she runs are underway events, command functions, tours and sport events during port visits. She also maintains gym equipment and does administrative work. Anne began her career at the University of Pacific in Stockton California where she earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Management, and Human Resources. She then attended Western Illinois University and was a graduate assistant for Campus Recreation in Intramural Sports. At Western, Anne earned her master’s degree in RPTA. For advice, Anne says, “Make the most of your experience at Western, it goes by fast. You get a great opportunity to work with numerous GA’s, great professionals, and fun motivated students. I recommend to get as much experience in each area of Campus Recreation as possible; not just your assigned position.” Submitted by James Hirst, BS, The University of Akron. Tony Dirth (RPTA ’09) is currently employed at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as the Intramural and Sport Club Coordinator. Over the last two years, Tony has worked to improve the intramural program through hard work and the hiring of dedicated student workers. Before his Western Experience, Tony received his undergraduate degree in English from St. Leo University while running track and cross-country before moving back to the midwest. Tony worked as a graduate assistant at WIU with intramurals and sport clubs while he pursued a master’s

degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration. After gaining his master’s degree, Tony moved out to the Colorado School of Mines where he worked with a former RPTA graduate John Howard (RPTA ’05, BS ’04) Tony & Meghan Dirth in the Intramural and Sport Club department. Tony attributes much of his success to the freedoms afforded by the WIU Campus Rec staff to try new things and learn on this own. Moving forward, Tony said that he might consider working his way up into a director position someday. But for the time being, he couldn’t be happier with where he is right now. Submitted by Ben Blodgett, BS, Florida State University.

Chad Ellsworth is currently the Assistant Director of Intramurals and Sports Clubs at Arizona State University at the Tempe Main campus and the Downtown Phoenix campus and will be celebrating his tenth year working in Campus Recreation for ASU. Ellsworth was the Assistant Director of Intramurals at Western Illinois University from 1995-2001. Ellsworth reflects on his experience at WIU as being able to do anything and everything when it came to programming. Three people in particular helped Ellsworth create a solid foundation for how he works—Jim Keeney, Jim Miner, and Judy Yeast. Keeney had a very specific goal as the Director and that was to engage the Chad Ellsworth students at WIU. Miner had an individualistic approach to programming and focused on creating individualized programs and events. Yeast always required assessments and evaluations of everything and allowed for the development and improvement of programs. Ellsworth stated that he uses these three approaches when it comes to his programming and position in Campus Recreation. When asked about the most memorable experience at Western Illinois University, Ellsworth stated that he remembers the people more than anything. With 18 graduate assistants and five in Intramurals, Ellsworth was able to create lasting memories of working with a vast group of students each year. Ellsworth also loved Macomb, the rural setting, and duck hunting. When asked about the most questionable experience at WIU, Ellsworth recalls doing a half-time show that involved a 70’s theme and some choreographed dances. As he recalls, it did not go very well and Ellsworth still carries the failed responsibility on his shoulders to this date. Overall, Ellsworth speaks very highly of his experience at Western Illinois University and wishes to come back and


visit. Ellsworth was surprised to hear of a Buffalo Wild Wings and the disappearance of Parkside. Ellsworth also suggested getting a Western Connection event in place for the upcoming NIRSA conference. Submitted by Liz Greenlee, BS, Arizona State University. Justin Jackson (RPTA ’00) is currently the Associate Director of Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center. He went to UMD (University of Minnesota Duluth) for his undergrad classes. He worked as an Intramural referee and then as an Intramural Sports Supervisor. Justin received his degree in Recreation from UMD. He then went to WIU for grad school. He received his masters in RPTA, Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration, while working in the recreational department as an Intramural GA and helping with facilities. Justin chose to do an internship to wrap up his master's at UNI (University of Northern Iowa). His first job was at USM (University of Southern Mississippi) where he worked as the Assistant Director (Intramurals and Facilities). He left USM to go back to UMD as Assistant Director (Intramurals, Facilities & Youth Camps). Today, at Wartburg, he manages the computer software program and the behind the scenes stuff: setting up memberships, sales in retail, etc. Being that Wartburg is a smaller school; it is open to the public so he signs up community members as well. I am also the CPO (Certified Pool Operator). Justin oversees the student facility managers and the climbing wall staff as well as the Intramural Program. Submitted by Sam Perkins, BS, University of Iowa. Courtney James (CSP ’10) is currently the Assistant Director for Campus Activities at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her main tasks in her position call for her to supervise the campus union board, organize and plan Homecoming activities and events, help with an event called Winter Glow, and supervise her student staff. Her favorite aspects of her position at Central Oklahoma include being allowed to implement change, challenging students, and working for a university that is open to growing and changing. Courtney came to Western Illinois from Augustana College where she triple majored in Gender Studies, English, and Sociology! Some of the highlights surrounding her Western experience include working in Campus Recreation, especially Big Pink Volleyball, working in the Office of Student Activities helping with the transition of students, and her cohort experience in the College Student Personnel program. Submitted by Brandon Meyer, BS, University of Dayton. Courtney James & Augie

James Kalcsits (KIN ’10, BS ’08) is a Western Alumnae that got his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and masters in Kinesiology from WIU. He is currently the Health Fitness Specialist at Underwriter’s Laboratories where he has been working for seven months. Here, his responsibilities include personal training, group exercise instruction, marketing, budgeting, health and wellness programming, equipment Jim Kalcsits maintenance, internship supervisor, giving educationals/seminars and customer service. Jim gives much of the credit of his success to WIU, specifically Campus Recreation, for preparing him well to work in the fitness field. The position allowed him to gain experience in marketing, management, customer service, public speaking, health and wellness programming, personal training and group exercise. He believes the staff at Campus Recreation gave him the tools needed to develop as a fitness professional, and he has applied what he have learned in his current position as a Health Fitness Specialist. A direct quote from Jim states his gratitude for the Campus Recreation staff. “Campus Recreation did an excellent job preparing me for a future in the health and wellness industry! I felt as though I was a part of a family at Campus Recreation. I always felt valued and important, which means a lot to me. Campus Recreation developed me professionally and personally and helped make me the person I am today. It was and will always be the best job I ever had!” Submitted by Kristin Obert, BS, Western Illinois University. Amy McCallister (MS ’06 and ’01) originally decided to go into the health field because of her grandfather’s health issues. She completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics at Western Illinois University and worked in the food service field and a nursing home in Chicago for many years. After yearning to teach more, Amy McCallister Amy decided to continue her education. She decided to pursue her degree in fitness management at Western Illinois University. While she was pursuing her degree, she worked as the fitness services GA in campus recreation. This GA position allowed Amy the experience necessary to instruct group fitness courses. After receiving her masters, Amy, obtained a job at the McDonough County Health Department in health education. She is responsible for many successful programs such as Women Out Walking which reached over 200 local women increase their physical activity and better their nutrition. In addition to working at the health department, Amy, writes a health article for the local newspaper, The McDonough Voice, and teaches courses at Spoon River Community College. In the next 5-10 years


she sees herself continuing to provide community-based health education programs and continues to pursue federal grants to establish new or improved projects. Amy’s word of wisdom to currently graduate students is to get involved in both the school and community and get networking now. Amy can be reached Monday-Thursday at the McDonough County Health Department. Submitted by Kate Gossell, BS, Northern Illinois University. After achieving his undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College in 2009 in Exercise Science and a Coaching minor, Pat McGrath (SM ’11) finished his Sport Management Master’s degree here at Western Illinois while serving as a Campus Recreation Graduate Assistant. His time here in Facilities and Outdoors was a great stepping-stone to his new position at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. As the intern for all of Campus Recreation, McGrath spends a lot of time working with the Outdoor Adventure Program at the University, leading students on trips and programs. The Outdoor Adventure Program at the Slippery Rock Aebersold Recreation Center also operates the climbing wall as well as offers kayak roll clinics. Since he left Macomb, McGrath’s life has been a whirlwind of outdoor trips and activities from whitewater rafting and kayaking, to climbing and caving. Pat McGrath is out there exploring the world, and showing his students how to explore it too. Submitted by Grant Fleetwood, BS, Western Illinois University. Pat McGrath

Jessica (Newton) McReynolds (CSP ’05) came to Western Illinois University from St. Norbert College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English. After her completion of her undergraduate education, Jessica enrolled in the College Student Personnel program at Western Illinois University and became a marketing supervisor for design and publications within Campus Recreation. In this position, Jessica learned the importance of clear and consistent written and verbal communication, how to work collaboratively as a team, and how to incorporate fun and passion into her work. In addition to learning these transferable skills, Jessica also met her husband and made lifelong friends while working for Campus Recreation. After receiving her masters, Jessica worked in higher education in Admissions and Adult & Continuing Learning. She went back to school and received a second master’s degree in education, from Aurora University, which allows her to teach grades K-9. Jessica is currently teaching Developmental English at Waubonsee Community College and spends her remaining time with her husband, Curt McReynolds, and children

Abbey (4 yrs), Nolan (2.5 yrs), and Logan (1 yr). Submitted by Sara Dam, BS, University of Iowa. James Normoyle (LEJA ’08) graduated from Western Illinois University after having received his bachelors and masters in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration in four and a half years. During his time at Western, James worked as an official of intramural sports, a LEAD for facilities, and a graduate assistant for facilities. Working as an official and a LEAD, James was named student employee of the month on several occasions as well as employee of the year. Since attending Western, James has held a position with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff. Currently, James works for the Illinois State Police as a Trooper. In this position, James has the responsibilities of a first responder, enforcing Illinois criminal laws and vehicle laws, preliminary investigations, searches, arrests, and much more. James learned many important skills during his assistantship at Western Illinois University that have benefited him in his career as a State Trooper. Communication, decision making, flexibility, confidence, adaptation, interviewing, report writing, and scheduling are all skills that James learned and improved on while working at Western. The graduate assistantship in facilities was a very positive experience for James and helped prepare him for the career he now has with the Illinois State Police. Submitted by Kyla Keefauver, BS, Western Illinois University. Kari Osborne (SM ’09), originally from Virginia, came to WIU from the University of Virginia at Wise. While at UVAWise, she studied education and decided that was not the path for her. Her boss, who had pursued his masters in sport management at WIU, convinced Kari to check out WIU’s sport management program as well as look into the Kari Osborne recreation field. She was unsure about moving to a small town in Illinois, but finally one day she picked up and moved to Macomb on a whim. She studied sport management and worked in campus recreation as an intramural sports graduate assistant. Kari worked with marketing, promotion, and sports official training during her years in campus recreation. While working within our campus recreation department, Kari learned how to be a part of a professional office. Learning how to plan events, coordinate schedules, work with facilities, and deal with differing personalities has been a major help to her in her life after WIU. Her favorite memories at WIU included the movie nights, Sunday dinners, and football games. The campus recreation and athletics graduate assistants were very close and a social environment that Kari enjoyed and misses the most. After graduating from WIU, Kari moved


to St. Louis and worked for Washington University for two and a half years as the assistant director of intramural sports. Just recently, she accepted a new job at Texas A&M – Commerce that will start in late November. She is the assistant director of intramural sports and oversees the program, scheduling, marketing, supervisors, and officials. Good luck with the new job Kari! Submitted by Katie Thomas, BS, Culver-Stockton College. JT Timmons (SM ’02), Director of Recreational Sports at University of Illinois-Springfield, graduated from Western Illinois University in 2002 with a Master's in Sports Management. He was a Facility Graduate Assistant for Campus Recreation under Sarah Winship. His time here at WIU involved responsibilities such as opening and closing the Spencer Student Recreation Center; securing the facility; working with aquatics, the front desk, intramurals, and special events. His best experience while working within WIU Campus Recreation involved learning from the people he worked with every day. Jim Miner, the director at WIU while JT was here, was a mentor for him. He learned a lot about the recreational field by listening to him and picking his brain for words of wisdom. His supervisor, Sarah Winship, was also another person he enjoyed working for. She taught him the necessity for cleanliness and the importance of customer service. JT felt his facility experience and learning the effect the Spencer SRC can have on an individual were two things he learned at WIU that helped him get to where he is today at UIS. He said working within the facility aspect of Campus Recreation is an important area of knowledge for administrative roles. Also, because student affairs and campus recreation work together at WIU, it made him realize the importance of developing relationships with colleagues outside of his division. This relationship is essential in order to accomplish tasks in other areas around campus. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Leadership from North Central University. He is known for building teams and being a visionary leader. Everywhere he has been the university has built new facilities and increased participation within campus recreation. Some of his proudest accomplishments are personally working with three students who have won the William Wasson Student Leadership Award. The reason this is so incredible is that only 24 students are selected nationally to win this award. He has also accomplished this all within six years. In addition, JT has won many personal accomplishments as well. At UIS he recently was awarded with the "Division of Student Affairs For Excellence" honor. Submitted by Brenna Saline, B.S. Missouri Western State University. Scott Vandermoon (SM ’0 6) went to Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois for his undergrad. There he majored in Communication and Religion. During his undergrad, he worked in Campus Recreation at the Pepsico Center. His initial career choice was to become a

pastor. After graduation, Scott came to Western Illinois University for a Sport Management degree and accepted one of the Intramural Sports graduate assistantships. Scott gained his Master’s degree in 2006. Scott then became the Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Scott Vandermoon Sport Clubs at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In August 2008, he took the position as the Assistant Director in Student Employment and Development, Entrance Attendants and Babysitting at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He is also currently serving in his second year as the IIRSA President. He said he could not believe he would be where he is today when he was in his undergrad. Scott was asked to give a tip or suggestion to incoming and/or current graduate assistants. His response was to “get you hand in anything” he suggested getting as many different experiences as possible during their graduate assistantships. He suggested that GA’s try to learn about the other positions. And this in turn will make yourself marketable. He said to get your name out as much as possible. Go to the conferences and make connections with other individuals in the field. He also said to enjoy your time being a graduate student. He felt the graduate assistantship was a great opportunity and helped guide him where he is today. Submitted by Stephanie Wyffels, BS, Western Illinois University.

Outdoor Pursuits led a group of students to Kentucky and the Mammoth Cave National Park in October 2011.


Rusty Vineyard (RPTA ’05) and his wife, Maire, had a baby boy on January 9, 2012. His name is Wyatt Holiday Vineyard.

Alumni Updates Adam Albertsen (SM ’10) is the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Adrian College in Adrian, MI. Michael Bradley (RPTA ’08) married Kathie Ann Wilson on September 17, 2011. Kathie is an R.N. at the Stillwater Medical Center. They enjoy being outside, going to comedy shows, and gardening together.

Nathan McKinnis & Lauren Carrier

Lauren Carrier (SM ’08) and Nathan McKinnis will be married on April 28, 2012 in New Jersey. Lauren works for Shane Mize (RPTA ’07) at the Missouri City Parks and Recreation in Missouri City, TX.

Cory Zarrella (SM ’08) left Quinsigamond Community College in October to work with Special Olympics Massachusetts. He will be helping to run a region of the state by planning and running various programs and competitions to promote the organization and its mission.

Spring 2012 Graduate Assistants

Scot Fransk (SM ’01) and his wife, Angie, had a baby girl in December of 2011. Her name is McKenna Jean Fransk. Oliver Hundacker (SM ’93) is the Head of Brand Sourcing Apparel bei Adidas Group in Stuttartund Umgebung, Deutschland. Cassie Kinnamon Mosley (MBA ’01) is the Membership Director at the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. Andrew Klein (BS ’08) is the Director of Sports and Recreation at Stateline Family YMCA in Rockford, Illinois.

Front row: Liz Greenlee, Kristin Obert, Brenna Saline, Kyla Keefauver, Sara Dam. Back row: Kate Gossel, James Hirst, Dominic Ackerman, Ben Blodgett, Grant Fleetwood, Brandon Meyer, Katie Thomas, and Stephanie Wyffels.

Pamela Kochis (SM ‘06) has left the field of recreation and now works as an auditor for the federal government. “I really believe I found what I was supposed to do in life and I love my job.” Pamela now coaches just for fun. She is coaching 15-year olds volleyball at the club level. Nicole Kroot (SM ’09) is an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Nicole and Dan Attaway will be married on June 8, 2012 in Galena, IL. Kari Osborne (SM ’09) is the Assistant Director of Intramurals for Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. Adam Schneberger (SM ’11) is the Assistant Director of Annual Giving for Athletics at Standford University in Stanford, California. Doug Silberer (MS ’95, BS ’88) is the manager of the Owens Center Ice Skating Ring in Peoria, IL. Jay Swenson (SM ‘11) is the Recreation Director for the Maquoketa Area Family YMCA in Iowa.

Our Zumba-thon was a big hit with the female population on campus.


Grad Assistant Updates Molly McKeogh (SM ’11) is pursuing a second master’s, College Student Personnel, at Western Illinois University. She is a graduate assistant at the Beu Health Center. Brian Weaver (SM ’11) is completing his internship in Intramural Sports at the University of Connecticut.

Staff News In April 2011, Caitlin Davis (pictured above) presented her graduate project about Sport Clubs at the College of Education and Human Services Graduate Symposium. Dr. Katherine Pawelko (pictured above, left) sponsored her project. Now, Caitlin is doing her internship with the Division of Special Events, Programming and Promotions at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Marsha Grotts, our new Facilities Manager of the Spencer Student Recreation Center, is the 2011 Western Illinois University Civil Service Employee of the Year! Marsha won the Civil Service Employee of the Month Award in May. Marsha started working for Campus Recreation last summer. She has been with WIU since 2000. Marsha has two sons, one grandson named Carter, and another grandchild on the way. Marsha Grotts Nick Knowles (’02, RPTA ’07), Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and Facility Management, and his wife, Liz (’03), are expecting their second child in June. Their daughter, Reagan, was three years old in March.

Liz Greenlee also presented her Group Fitness research at the College of Education and Human Services Graduate Symposium last spring. Liz is pictured above with her faculty sponsor, Dr. Amanda Divin. Kate Gossell, a facility graduate assistant, was honored with a Sustainability Award at the 2011 WIU Environmental Summit in April. Former Western Illinois University President, Dr. Al Goldfarb (pictured left) presented the award to Kate. Stephanie Howe (Pol Sci ’11) is living in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea teaching English at Kagyeong ESOL English Academy.

Kelley (nee Kenady) Popkin (’05, ’03), Assistant Director of Fitness Services, married Brady Popkin on May 20, 2011 at the McDonough County Courthouse in Macomb. It was a small intimate ceremony with 22 family members present. They are happily married and currently reside in Macomb with Kelley’s four-year old son, Kenady, and a cat named Scarlet. Congratulations to John Owens, Greens Superintendent of the Harry Mussatto Golf Course, who is retiring on March 31, 2012. John has been working for WIU since 2000. He is looking forward to some fishing, golfing, and maybe a little part-time work at the golf course. John said, “I’m going to live every day like it was my last!” Our Business Manager, Julie Terstriep (’88) has returned to school at WIU to pursue a master’s degree in RPTA. She decided after 15 years in the field, she should go ahead and get her master’s! Julie and Steve's youngest child, daughter Leigh, became engaged over Christmas. A summer 2013 wedding date will be set.


Jeff Stockton, Sports Facilities Manager, bowled his third 300 game of his career on December 26, 2011! Jeff Stockton will be retiring from Western Illinois University on June 30, 2012 with 31 years of employment. Jeff started at WIU at the University Union Bowling and Billiards Center and was promoted to Manager in 1986. Jeff was the Men’s and Women’s Bowling Team coach from 1986 to 1997. He joined the staff of Campus Recreation in 1997 when we opened the Spencer Student Recreation Center. As the Manager of Sports Facilities, Jeff supervised our Wellness Centers along with all of our outdoor facilities and was responsible for all of the purchases and maintenance of equipment within the Center. Jeff’s job description of “other duties as assigned” also included the set-up, tear down, and maintenance of WIU’s own “Big Top” also known as the TENT. Jeff’s birthday is always easy to remember because it lands on the same day as the official opening of the Spencer Student Recreation Center, October 1. Jeff and his wife, Judy, will continue to live in Macomb Jeff Stockton and enjoy their children. Jon will complete his Master of Science degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration at WIU this semester. Their daughter, Jade, graduated in 2011 from SIU Edwardsville and is working for in Human Resources with Forrest Pharmaceutical in the St. Louis area. Jeff loves the city that Jade is located in because it is the home of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. You will be able to locate Jeff during the spring and summer on the golf course, and in the winter, he will be working on bowling his fourth 300 game.

Rock ‘N Roller Skate

Adventure Workshop Series

Connie Van Dyke, Assistant Facilities Manager, is the proud grandmother of three. Grace, Gideon, and Gabbi keep “Mimi” busy all the time. Judy Yeast (SM ’81), Associate Director, and Steve’s son, Michael will be getting married on August 4, 2012 to Elizabeth Van Meter (SM ’09, BS ’07). Jody Zscheck (’04), Graphic Design Associate, continues to work toward her second bachelor’s degree, taking Graphic Communication classes at Western Illinois University.

Indoor Kayaking Workshop

To all our alumni and friends, we wish you a year of health and happiness from Campus Recreation at Western Illinois University!


Western Connection Alumni Newsletter, Spring 2012