Student Employee Development

University Recreation provides many opportunities for student employee personal and professional development.  Programming includes a variety of informal and formal options throughout each semester.  Specific examples of developmental opportunities include: leadership development, career readiness competencies, job specific trainings and certifications, employee power skills, and much more.  Development programming is designed to further knowledge of campus recreation while improving the transition from graduate to professional.

UREC LEAD is an interactive and customizable leadership and professional development program for UREC Student Staff that consists of 8-10 sessions throughout each academic year. Session topics will help you discover more about yourself, advance your academic success, prepare you for leadership positions within UREC, and develop competencies for career readiness. 

Upcoming Sessions

Each semester UREC offers two Free Professional Headshot Sessions for student staff members. More information on each semester's sessions provided below.

Spring Sessions have passed - stay tuned for Fall 2022 Session details.

University Recreation honors it's 300+ employees during National Student Employee Appreciation Week and during the Honors and Awards Celebration at the conclusion of spring semester.

UREC Sports Official of the Year - Ryan Quimbo

UREC Sports Supervisor of the Year - Brenden Bates

Outstanding Student Staff for Group Fitness - Caroline Schifani

Outstanding Student Staff for Personal and Small Group Training - Faith Pearrow

Above & Beyond in Marketing - Maddy Adkins

UREC Outdoors Staff Pick - Leah Center

Facility Assistant of the Year - Addison Knight

Donna Axum Fitness Center Attendant of the Year - Pablo Escovar

UREC Fitness Center Attendant of the Year - Andrew Paxson

Lifeguard of the Year - Ella Silvis

Service Center Attendant of the Year - Adeline Irabaruta

Facility Supervisor of the Year - Logan Nelson

Student Manager of the Year - Chris Bullock

Craig Edmonston Outstanding Student Leader Award - Nyasha Bgoni

UREC also recognizes Employees of the Term every semester - celebrating the students who exemplified URECs values and were vital to our success.

Devin Brockwell - Service Center Attendant

Cole Burke - LIfeguard

Amelia Bushek - UREC Sports Supervisor

Cade Cantrell - Facility Supervisor

Abby Dintelman - Fitness Center Attendant

Matthew Hollenback - UREC Sports Official

Sophia Milligan - Social Media Manager & Graphic Designer

Caleb Nunis - Student Manager

Josine Nyandwi - Fitness Center Attendant

Trey Standridge - Student Manager

Kyle Walker - UREC Outdoors Supervisor

Alisa Wyant - Facility Assistant

Zane Pitman - UREC Outdoors GA

Mario Adames - Fitness Center Attendant

Alex Bray - UREC Sports Official

Chris Bullock - Student Manager

Leah Center - UREC Outdoors Supervisor

Tera Culp - Facility Supervisor

Jen Iseman - Graphic Designer

Addison Knight - Facility Assistant

Nathan Lange - UREC Sports Supervisor

Tommy Marcinkiewicz - UREC Outdoors Supervisor

Faith Pearrow - Personal Trainer

Connor Repp - UREC Sports Official

Megan Smothers - Service Center Attendant

Jordan Tong - Lifeguard

Nyasha Bgoni - Social Media Manager

Aidan Caig - UREC Outdoors Supervisor

Eric Castro - Facility Assistant

Sam Doehring- Student Manager

Samantha Dugas - Fitness Center Attendant

Nate Lucas - Service Center Attendant

Colby Lucy - Lifegaurd

Jacob Rathbun - UREC Crew

The purpose of the University Recreation Student Staff Professional Development Fund is to support and promote continuing education and professional development.  The fund will provide financial assistance to currently employed UREC Student Staff and UREC Graduate Assistants for certifications, trainings, conference registration and other activities that will further the applicant’s professional development and be of benefit to University Recreation and its membership.


Student Employee applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding:

  1. Actively employed by University Recreation for a minimum of 6 months
  2. Currently enrolled at least half-time at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
  3. Maintain a positive work history within University, not having been dismissed or suspended from any program area or position.

Application Process

  1. Student employee must submit completed application and professional resume
  2. Student employee must submit two letters of evaluation, at least one of those must come from a University Recreation full-time staff member
  3. Committee will review applications using the criteria outlined below, student employee applicants will be notified of award/denial within 2 business days of being reviewed by committee
  4. If student employee accepts an award, they will submit a written evaluation of the professional development opportunity within 2 weeks of completion. 

Application Review Criteria

Review of applications is based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to current position or future career aspiration
  2. Commitment to applying knowledge/training within University Recreation
  3. Letters of evaluation
  4. Accuracy, attention to detail, and demonstration of need

Letter of Evaluation:

Each letter should include evaluation of the applicant’s professionalism, accountability, communication, and teamwork.  Additional information to inform the committee about the applicant’s experiences in campus recreation or future career goals are welcome.  

Letters of evaluation from supervisors may be submitted to Michelle Muzzillo at or included in the application. 

Click here to apply for student staff professional development funding. 

Purpose:  Serve as advocates for UREC student employees and the University of Arkansas student body; provide an avenue for feedback and suggestions to and from UREC students and professional staff.

Mission:  To make a positive impact on the UREC student employee experience by creating opportunities for staff to provide feedback and make suggestions, increase their professional knowledge and skills, act ethically, and increase motivation.  To make a positive impact on the programs and services UREC provides the University of Arkansas community.

2021-2022 Board Members:

  • Chair - Amelia Reynolds
  • Vice Chair - Cade Cantrell
  • Aquatics - Alex Ryan
  • Facilities - Nastajae Alderson
  • Fitness/Wellness - Avery Allen
  • UREC Sports - Amy Roos
  • Marketing - Sophia Milligan
  • UREC Outdoors - Morgan Heflin
  • At Large - Herman Brown
  • At Large - Colby Lucy
  • At Large - Shannon Wallace
  • At Large - Addison Knight

To contact the board, email

Board members are selected from those nominated during each spring semester and serve 2 year terms. Nominations are not being accepted at this time.

Please contact UREC HR with any questions.