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 and is framed around the NACE Career-Readiness Competencies.
UREC LEAD is an interactive and customizable leadership and professional development program for UREC Student Staff that consists of 10-12 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.
Register for UREC LEAD HERE.
Fall 2022 Sessions
Thursday, September 8 from 6:00-7:00pm
Description: Learn from the Director of Walton College's Business Communications Lab to improve your communication in professional situations in your current job and for the future.
Competencies: Communication, Professionalism
Tuesday, September 20 from 12:00-1:00pm
Description: Are you unsure of what your path should be? Work with Career Development Center staff to envision yourself in different career paths to figure out what might be best for you.
Competencies: Career & Self Development
Wednesday, September 28 from 4:00-5:30pm
Description: Engage in meaningful dialogue surrounding social justice through the local murals you pass by everyday.
Competencies: Equity & Inclusion
Thursday, October 5 from 7:00-8:00pm
Description: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me? I don’t think so! Learn what language does for our society and how to use language related to the LGBTQIA+ community that makes people feel seen.
Competencies: Equity & Inclusion, Communication
Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00-7:00pm
Description: Learn about the Office for Sustainabilty's latest projects and initiatives and then get in on the action by assisting with clearing invasive species from the Tsa La Gi Bike Park.
Competencies: Career & Self Development, Wellness
Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30-7:30pm
Description: What makes a great leader? Learn about your own personal brand of leadership and where you could keep working to obtain your leadership aspirations.
Past Session Topics:
- Empathetic Teamwork
- Microaggressions in the Workplace
- Telling Your Professional Story
- Financial Wellness
- Charcuterie and Career-Readiness
Each semester UREC offers Free Professional Headshot and Senior Photo Sessions for student staff members. More information on each semester's sessions provided below.
Fall 2022 Sessions:
Senior and Professional Photo Session 1
- Saturday, October 15 from 3:00-6:00pm on Old Main Lawn
- Sign-up for a 30 minute private session during this time and get 4-6 edited photos.
Senior and Professional Photo Session 2
- Saturday, October 21 from 3:00-6:00pm at the Hog Fountain
- Sign-up for a 30 minute private session during this time and get 4-6 edited photos.
Senior and Professional Headshots
- Wednesday, October 26 from 11:00-1:00pm outside HPER
- Sign-up for this date and drop-in anytime during the event for a quick session and get 2-3 headshots
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.
Amy Roos - Student Manager
Brenden Bates - UREC Sports Supervisor
Claire Ryscavage - Swim Instructor
Edward McKinnon - Lifeguard
Ethan Kaufman - Service Center Attendant
Fernando Murillo - UREC Crew
Jack Meharg - UREC Sports Official
Jorge Rodriguez Pena - UREC Fitness Center Attendant
Kylie Gruender - Social media Manager
Nathan Wojtowicz - Facility Supervisor
Sean Betts - UREC Outdoors GA
Shealynn Lander - UREC Outdoors Supervisor
Trent Powell - Donna Axum Fitness Center Attendant
Eva Bwiza - Service Center Attendant
Cade Cantrell - Student Manager
Brenan Cash - Facility Assistant
Mauricio Gutierrez Marcks - Group Fitness Monitor
Madison Johnson - Facility Supervisor
Joshua Mora Sanchez - Lifeguard
Win Phillips - UREC Outdoors Supervisor
Amelia Reynolds - Student Manager
Craig Yetter - Fitness Center Attendant
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:
- Actively employed by University Recreation for a minimum of 6 months
- Currently enrolled at least half-time at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
- Maintain a positive work history within University, not having been dismissed or suspended from any program area or position.
- Student employee must submit completed application and professional resume
- Student employee must submit two letters of evaluation, at least one of those must come from a University Recreation full-time staff member
- 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
- 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:
- Relevance to current position or future career aspiration
- Commitment to applying knowledge/training within University Recreation
- Letters of evaluation
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or included in the application.
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 - Cade Cantrell
- Vice Chair - Amelia Reynolds
- Aquatics - Alex Ryan
- Facilities - Nastajae Alderson
- Fitness/Wellness - Avery Allen
- UREC Sports - Amy Roos
- Marketing - Darbi Walker
- UREC Outdoors - Morgan Heflin
- At Large - Colby Lucy
- At Large - Shannon Wallace
To contact the board, email URECSEAB@uark.edu.
Board members are selected from those nominated during each spring semester and serve 2 year terms. Nominations are not being accepted at this time.
Below you can find the position descriptions for each of the UREC student staff titles that are currently active. Use these along with the NACE Career-Readiness Competencies to craft your resume and practice talking about your work experience at UREC.
Click on your position below to download your position description:
If you do not see one of your positions above please reach out to email@example.com for access to that position description.
Please contact UREC HR with any questions.
UREC VEHICLE AND TRAILER TRAINING & OPERATIONS TRAINING
Prior to any travel on behalf of UREC with a personal, rental, or UREC vehicle or trailer, the items reviewed in this training must be completed.
UREC Club Sport Officers and Members that will be driving must complete this training and receive approval
from UREC Sports Admin Staff prior to the club's first trip. Please NOTE: If your club travel with a trailers you will be required to complete the trailer practical
assessment with UREC Sports Admin Staff.
UREC Outdoors Staff will assist in providing practical assessments. This completed training must be reviewed
by your direct supervisor prior to utilizing the vehicle or trailer. Direct supervisors
must verify completion of training and assessments before submitting to Meredith Thomas
for database entry. Please NOTE: Vehicle practical assessment must be completed prior to trailer practical assessment.
UREC New Employees are required to complete drivers training via HogSync within the first 40 days of employment.
UREC Driver Safety
Complete Authorization to Operate Vehicle Form and Submit to UARK Risk Management Office
UREC Vehicle (Van)
Complete UREC Driver Practical Assessment (scheduled through UO staff)
UREC Vehicle Check List (complete prior to travel outside of Benton/Washington Count)
Review UREC Trailer Check List (UREC Outdoors/UREC Sports complete prior to each use)
Review UREC Driver & Trailer Practical Assessment (scheduled through UO Staff) (will be completed during practical assessment)