Recreation and Wellness Center
UCF’s Recreation and Wellness Center continues to produce the next generation of campus recreation professionals. The 2017 crop includes a current RWC professional staff member and six graduating seniors.
The group will be headed to schools as far south as Fort Myers, Florida and as far northwest as Fairbanks, Alaska. All seven RWC employees will develop skills in facility management, fitness, intramural and club sports, aquatics and outdoor adventure programming.
Since 2012, the RWC has produced 43 graduate assistants from its annual 400 member student staff. As graduate assistants, these students will help their respective recreation facilities reach their yearly goals in exchange for having the opportunity to earn their masters degrees on tuition waivers.
The list of new graduate assistants includes:
• Ashley Allen, Fitness (Florida International University)
• Joel Arancibia a 2016 UCF Graduate and current RWC professional staff member (Texas State)
• Danielle Bessent (University of Alaska-Fairbanks)
• Meghan Dougherty, Fitness (University of Kentucky)
• Samantha Fitzell, Intramural Sports (Florida International University)
• Jordan Pascal, Outdoor Adventure (Florida Gulf Coast University)
• Riley Spenningsby, Facilities (University of Houston)
Fitzel, a health science major, has worked for UCF Intramural Sports since 2012. She says the skills she’s developed on the job at the RWC are immeasurable. “There is nothing comparable to the experiences and friendships I have made at UCF. The knowledge I have gained as well as the people here have prepared me for the next chapter of my life. While I am sad to be leaving such an amazing program, I am so excited to be starting a new journey and to create new experiences as a graduate assistant at FIU.”
The group exemplify some of the best of the best at the RWC. Among the accomplished Knights is Spenningsby, a former RWC Park attendant and current building manager. RWC professional staff members recently honored her with the “Employee of the Year” award. Pascal, a former lead for the Outdoor Adventure Challenge Course, was also honored with “Outdoor Employee of the Year.” And Arancibia, a former employee of the month, who learned valuable skills while working as the RWC facility scheduler the past year.
UCF’s Student Government Association funds the RWC, so it can continue its goal of enriching students’ lives on campus through efficient services, comprehensive programs and impressive facilities programs that help to create a healthy lifestyle.
Photo: Jim Wilkening and Riley Spenningsby - RWC Leadership selected Riley Spenningsby as the 2017 Employee of the Year. During her four years at the RWC she held three different jobs and several key leadership roles.