Volume 17, Issue 1
Think Purple! Think Campus Rec! Think Western!
From the Director
Wow, I can’t believe how time seems to fly faster and faster each year! It is already time for NIRSA and hiring more new graduate assistants. We have been so blessed to have some of the finest graduate students work for us. Of course, most of you know we hire some of the best and brightest, and they go on to lead creative & productive lives…such as yourselves! We have had another fun and successful year with many great activities and events. Many of those successes are highlighted here or through Facebook, Twitter, and our website. Something I want to highlight that I’ve always felt passionate about since my first impression of Western Illinois University…the people here! I can’t say enough how thankful I’ve been for the experiences and opportunities I’ve had here at Western. I’ve been especially proud and blessed to have been a part of Campus Recreation here. I’ve always appreciated the relationships, the support, and the PEOPLE. In turn, I want to pay it forward to all of the talented people we work with daily. I remember when I was in coaching, NCAA used to put out a brochure highlighting their interns who were “on the market.” This is exactly what I want to emphasize in this and our future Western Connection newsletters. I simply ask you to remember the good times you had here, and hopefully want to help in this attempt to pay it forward. If you are in a position to help or connect any of these future professionals,
I would greatly appreciate your assistance in keeping this Western Connection alive and thriving. I give you my word; all five of these graduate assistants will be super stars! I will be happy to speak to you in person in great detail about any of them. Please take a look at their profiles and find a few minutes to chat with them at NIRSA. You may be able to help connect them with their next step in their awesome journey of life! Thanks so much for your commitment to the profession and to Western Illinois University. I hope we will see you at our combined Student Affairs/Western Connection social this year. We are hosting a bigger and better event with ALL the perks of a VP Social… better food, drinks, and door prizes! Please come by and impress our administration with all of our wonderful, loyal alumni. We hope to see you there: Tuesday, March 5, 7:30-9:00 p.m., in the Red Rock Room VIII of the Flamingo Hotel.
Campus Recreation Fall 2012 Graduate Assistants Front Row (left-right): Brenna Saline, Kyla Keefauver, Amber Bedee, Kristin Obert, Tiby Bonales Gonzalez, Nick Waterman, Ryan Tubbs Back Row: Steve Dowhan, Suzie Farner, Katie Gossell, Nathan Pittman, Ben Blodgett, Chuck Thomas, and Kevin Wilson. Not pictured & new this semester: Samantha Wallace