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Comings and goings for January 2017

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Comings and goings for December 2016

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Comings and goings for October 2016

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September 2016 staff milestones

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Open forums today on Reynolds Gym Transformation

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Student Government are sponsoring two open forums Sept. 27 on the extensive renovation of Reynolds Gym.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to both forums on the long-term project known as the Reynolds Gym Transformation.

Organized by Campus Recreation, both forums will be held in Pugh Auditorium, located on the second level of Benson University Center.  The forum sponsored by the SAC will be held at 12 noon.  The Student Government-sponsored forum will be held at 5 p.m.

News about Reynolds Gym’s transformation

The following message is sent on behalf of Joe Cassidy, executive director for campus fitness and recreation:

Construction continues on phase two of the Reynolds Gym renovation on the campus of Wake Forest University on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Reynolds Gym, July 2016

A fully transformed Reynolds Gym is closer than we originally expected, thanks to a recent change in the construction project’s schedule. The entire project is now expected to be finished by March 2018, approximately six months early.  That means all of the facility will be available for students, faculty and staff earlier than we once expected.  And, the University will realize significant cost savings with the new schedule.

The project is broken into three phases.  Phase I was completed with the opening of the Sutton Center.  Phase II is under construction and will be completed in August 2017, as originally planned.  The phase will bring significant space for fitness and weight training, new locker rooms and new offices for the Office of Wellbeing.

Phase III will bring even more, including an expanded indoor pool, new pool area locker rooms, new group exercise areas, new varsity volleyball locker and training spaces, an improved Varsity Gym, new offices for Campus Recreation (including intramurals), and some classrooms.

Work on Phase III will begin August 1, bringing about immediate changes for gym users.  The pool will be closing down on Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m.  All remaining areas of the gym will close on July 31, with the exception of Sports Medicine and the varsity soccer locker rooms, which will close next January 2017.

The Phase III-related closings will affect all remaining Campus Recreation office and club areas, classrooms, the Varsity Gym, the pool, faculty/staff locker rooms and the faculty/staff fitness room. Campus Recreation staff have moved to the lower level of the Sutton Center.  Parking Lot L (between the Manchester Athletic Center and Reynolds Gym) will also close, but a sidewalk will be maintained between Manchester and Reynolds Gym to permit access to the Miller Center

The Sutton Center will continue current operations and hours. The current fitness area on the first floor of the Miller Center will continue to be available to students, faculty and staff.  Also open will be the Miller Center’s group fitness studio on the fourth floor.

While construction is underway, limited locker and shower facilities will be available in the restrooms on the 4th floor of the Miller Center and lower level of the Benson Center.

Campus Recreation recognizes that the construction of this wonderful facility will bring about temporary inconveniences for our campus community.  In the long run, we will all have a facility that will serve students, faculty and staff for many years to come with amenities on a level we have never experienced in past years.

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Floyd named NCAA Division I Baseball Championship site rep

Max Floyd, the director of recreational sports at Wake Forest University, on campus on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Max Floyd, director of campus recreation, was selected to work the Ole Miss Men’s Baseball Regional in Oxford, Miss., from June 3 – 6. It is the sixth consecutive time that Floyd has been chosen for this opportunity.

Site representatives are selected by the NCAA Championships & Alliances Office and are charged with several tasks. Floyd’s responsibilities included assisting in overall management of the regional site; enforcing NCAA operational guidelines; conducting pre-conference meetings with coaches, umpires, grounds crew and operations staff; overseeing drug testing, concussion management and ruling on timing, inclement weather or any other on-field related decisions.

Floyd also worked with ESPN on commercial breakaways and mid-game coach interviews.

April 2016 comings and goings

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Application period open for Move More program

Move more Move OftenSpring semester applications are being accepted through Feb. 12 for the wellbeing project called Move More. Move Often.

The project, which is a research program (IRB# IRB00022164), is open to students, faculty and staff.

To apply, visit move.thrive.wfu.edu.

It is designed as an eight-week step challenge to encourage individuals to increase their daily physical activity. Using Fitbit activity trackers, participants can monitor their daily steps and activity. Throughout the eight-week challenge, participants can access performance incentives, receive supplemental resources and materials, as well as discounts.

Participants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation session. A Fitbit will be provided to participants. Participants may also use their own Fitbit, instead.

At the conclusion of the challenge, prizes will be awarded on an individual basis for significant improvement in the number of average daily steps. Following each challenge, participants will have the opportunity to re-enroll for additional challenges to keep improving their daily physical activity and potentially win more prizes.

The website offers additional information about Move More. Move Often. The site includes a list of resources and an FAQ section, for instance.

This project is co-sponsored by Office of Wellbeing, Campus Life, Health and Exercise Science, Environmental Health and Safety, Hospitality & Auxiliary Services, Residence Life and Housing, Information Technology, PDC Run, Forest, Run (Walk Forest), Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, Aramark, Campus Recreation.

Grand Opening Jan. 27 for Reynolds Gymnasium Transformation

This message is sent on behalf of the Office of Wellbeing and Campus Recreation:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., the Office of Wellbeing and Campus Recreation will be hosting the Grand Opening of Phase I of the Reynolds Gymnasium Transformation and Expansion.

Both new gymnasiums, connector spaces and the new Outdoor Pursuits Suite will be dressed in a welcoming decor, open for the campus community to experience.  There will be light food and refreshments served throughout the event as well as special appearances by several campus organizations.

President Nathan Hatch and Vice President Penny Rue will be speaking at 4:45 p.m., followed by a video, a gallery walk, demonstrations from four different dance groups, four club sports teams and some special contests by Outdoor Pursuits and Intramural Sports.

The very first basket will be celebrated, as well as several other firsts to be enjoyed by all.  Vendors and various information tables will be on site showcasing current services and opportunities, including free massages, aromatherapy experiences, and nutritional consults.  Giveaways, contests, demonstrations, food, fellowship and fun are promised.

Come be a part of a very special time in the life of our campus.  It is a once in a lifetime scene. Come see the first phase of the three-phase program which will bring exciting wellbeing, recreation and student health opportunities to every student, faculty member and staff member. Come Thrive with us!

Sincerely,

Malika Roman Isler

Director, Office of Wellbeing

Max Floyd

Director, Campus Recreation