Student Employee Development

University Recreation provides many opportunities to the enhance professional development, programming includes a 6-week long development training, lunch and learn opportunities, and drop in events.  

UREC University is a professional development program for UREC student staff.  Based on Astin's Social Change Model of Leadership, students will learn about the talents they possess through StrengthsQuest, be challenged to examine and dissect their own leadership skills and abilities, learn how to apply their leadership in a group setting, and discuss how their leadership can contribute to their community.

UREC University consists of UREC U 101: Self Discovery and UREC U 201: Collaboration.  At the conclusion of this program, employees will have a personal branding statement they can use when pursuing leadership opportunities and during their job search.

UREC U 101 will be offered Summer 2019.  Click here to apply.  Any questions or comments can be directed to UREC HR at

Video of past participant experiences.

This program aims to provide education to improve out-of-classroom experiences and enhance life skills.  Based on the theme #Adulting, each Brain Food session will focus on a topic related to adulthood.  The Spring 2019 schedule is below.

  • Interviewing Dos and Don'ts: 4/1, 4:30-5:30 p.m., HPER 103
  • After the Job Offer: 4/16, 5:00-6:00 p.m., HPER 103
  • Self-Care, Healthy Cooking: 4/29, 4:00-5:00 p.m., HPER 103

University Recreation honors it's 380+ employees during National Student Employee Appreciation Week (April 8-12, 2019) and during the Honors and Awards Celebration at the conclusion of spring semester (May 1, 2019).

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 Becky Todd 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.

Board Members:

  • Chair - Carter Cole
  • Vice Chair - Keturah Bethel
  • Aquatics - Wendy Stewart
  • Facilities - Hayden Deen
  • Fitness/Wellness - Caylie Funk
  • Intramural & Club Sports - Emily Krueger
  • Marketing - Sherill Choong
  • Office - Andrew O'Neil
  • Outdoors - Caden Gilliland
  • At Large - Erica Good
  • At Large - Madeline Hiegel
  • At Large - Martina Aranda

To contact the board, email


Please contact UREC HR with any questions.