2018 - 2019 MOST Outstanding Student Employees of the Month

Each month, RecSports professional staff nominates those students we feel exemplify the meaning of OUTSTANDING student employees that continually go above and beyond to enhance the participant experiences daily in our facilities and through our programs. We call this award the MOST Outstanding award because we feel all of our students are outstanding, however these are just the best of the best! 

Click a name below to learn more about each outstanding student employee!

August 2019: Kevin Gallagher

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"I would like to nominate Kevin Gallagher as the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for August. In just a week, Kevin carried the Fitness Attendants through the busiest time on the fitness floor. Kevin picked up an additional eight hours the first two days to help cover peak times of the day. Kevin also had one of his regular shifts with a new employee who was nervous for her first shift and Kevin spent the first portion of the shift showing her the ropes. Kevin has proven in the last week to be leader among his peers, whether that is pitching in an extra hand for the good of the team, or passing down insight to help the new staff feel comfortable. We are incredibly fortunate to have Kevin on our RecSports team for all the leadership and team skills that he brings to each and every shift. For these reasons, I am nominating Kevin Gallagher as the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for August."

-Samantha Fitzpatrick, Fitness & Instructional Program Coordinator

June/July 2019:  Cassie Joynes,  Beach Lifeguard 

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"I would like to nominate Cassie Joynes for the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month. Cassie juggled many different projects and leadership opportunities on campus for the entire summer, and she did an exceptional job managing her responsibilities as a lifeguard. She stepped up to help staff Rockne Memorial at the front desk on multiple occasions, and she handled large groups, injuries, and staffing issues at the beach with a cool and collected mentality. Her coworkers have even mentioned her ability to manage stressful situations with ease. She sets a great example for the entire team, and her peers have even noted that she has been an amazing asset to the staff this summer. Cassie's positive attitude is contagious, and she has been a reliable teammate during the entirety of St. Joseph Beach's operating season."

 -  Veronica Chevalier, Aquatics Program & Risk Management Coordinator

April 2019: Taylor Johnson,  Fitness Attendant

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"I would like to nominate Taylor Johnson as the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for April. Taylor may be one of our quieter Fitness Attendants, but she probably makes the biggest impact in the facility. Everywhere you look when Taylor is on shift you can see her walking with a mission to make the facility better. From enforcing policies politely to our patrons, to organizing the foam rollers, Taylor uses every second of her time on shift to make the facility better than it was when she came. I've overhead many of her peers and co-workers commenting on her impressive work ethic and dedication to the job - especially considering that she has preferences to open the facility. Taylor has also been invaluable this month, especially in picking up shifts (not even trading!) for her co-workers as they get sick or need to finish big projects. I am grateful for every day that we have her on our team. For these reasons, I believe Taylor is the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for April!"

- Samantha Fitzpatrick, Fitness & Instructional Programs Coordinator

March 2019: Yvette Pino, Front Desk Attendant

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"I would like to nominate Yvette Pino as the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for March. Yvette shows the upmost respect and attention to our visitors. There has been countless times where I see her communicating with people as they enter the facility, regardless of where she is at the desk. She might be coming out of the back room or working the Equipment Desk, and she will communicate with people entering/exiting the facility. She will go out of her way to acknowledge people any chance possible. Yvette personally hands out the towels to our visitors and acknowledges each person as they pick up or drop off the towel. This might seem minor, however, she takes the initiative to make a difference and builds community within our facility. I am grateful for her attention to detail and what she does for our department. She is an outstanding employee and makes RecSports a welcoming place for everyone. Thank you for all that you do for us!"

Todd Dion, Facility Operations Coordinator (Smith Center)

February 2019: Erin Joyce, Fitness Attendant

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"It is my pleasure to nominate Erin Joyce for the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for February. From her interview, when she took out a notebook full of questions about the job, I have been impressed with Erin's joyful attitude and work ethic. Erin was hired on in the middle of Spring 2018 and when she began working as an engineering camp counselor on campus over the summer, she offered right away to pick up a shift or two per day to help us out. I don't think that we could've gotten through the summer without Erin's help or her wonderful attitude. As the beginning of the school year rolled around, Erin volunteered to be a Fitness Attendant mentor to the new Fitness Attendants on staff, giving them an orientation to the job and helping to welcome them to the team. Erin has helped numerous Fitness Attendants transition into the role and I know I can always trust those that she works with to know their job inside and out. Erin is always "conveniently" around when someone calls short notice about not being able to show up for their shift. Every time I ask her to stay longer to help cover, she has never once hesitated to help the team, which has happened more times than I can count. Although it's her least favorite part of the job, Erin has become skilled in the art of stopping people from wreaking havoc in the weight room by deadlifting. Patrons almost always leave their conversations with a smile, even when she's telling them they're breaking a policy. Erin clearly has deep respect for the RecSports department, the facility, and all of her coworkers. I am so proud to have Erin on staff knowing that she is out on the floor creating positive experiences for the ND community and our staff. Thank you for the million and one things that you do for RecSports with the biggest smile on your face, Erin! For these reasons, I believe Erin truly does deserve to be the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for February."

- Samantha Fitzpatrick, Fitness & Instructional Program Coordinator

December/January 2019: Maddy Kelly, Lifeguard

"I am nominating Maddy Kelly as the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for December 2018/January 2019. Maddy is a seasoned RecSports employee and has been absolutely fantastic in the transition and development of Rockne since I stepped into the roll as Rockne Memorial Building and Special Events Manager. She has worked to not only help me transition into this roll, but also bring to my attention items that need to be addressed. Maddy is currently working with management to help develop policies and procedures for staff that will make a positive impact on patron safety and lifeguard experience. Maddy's passion and care for the Rockne Pool is evident every time she steps on deck. She consistently steps up to fill shifts and works to provide patrons a safe and fun environment to swim. I know the pool is in good hands when Maddy is on duty. Her work is integral to the transition of this space and we are fortunate to have her on our team."

- Kristyn Watts, Rockne Memorial Building & Special Events Manager

November 2018: Anthony Reo, Multimedia Specialist

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"I would like to nominate Anthony Reo as the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for November 2018. We interviewed and hired Anthony this summer prior to his arrival to campus this August to work not only as a Club Sports Supervisor, but also as a Multimedia Specialist for our department. As just an incoming Freshman, Anthony has certainly not disappointed and has went above and beyond his duties in every way! Whether it be volunteering to take photos and videos for five hours on our cold Intramural Football Championship Sunday, to showing up at Baraka Bouts to take photos when I forgot to even schedule a photographer for that evening, to crawling out of bed early one Friday morning to take one single photo of staff at Rockne so we caught them during their shift, Anthony is the first one to step up and get the job done in whatever capacity is needed. And the best part, he makes it look easy and is always engaged with our staff, while also learning the many facets of RecSports. I couldn't be more grateful for Anthony's dedication to our team and am looking forward to seeing his continued success and contributions to our department as he moves forward in his time here at Notre Dame. Thank you Anthony for being a rock star!" 

- Kendra Bayne, Assistant Director, Administration:
Assessment, Communications, & Staff Development

October 2018: Maia Gordon, Marketing Office Assistant

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"I would like to nominate Maia Gordon for the October 2018 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month. Maia has been a rockstar for our marketing staff since she started with the department in August. She assisted me in making sure this year's Domer Run was a success. No matter what she is asked to do, Maia always does it with grace and a positive attitude. Whether it meant sitting on the office floor stuffing packets, or working extra hours to make sure everything was ready for the race, Maia never hesitated to step up to the plate! Maia also helped with many last minute tasks for our IRSA Conference, and delivered efficiently! She is never afraid to ask for clarification when needed and is always learning to learn when she is unsure of something. Maia, I truly thank you for being such a positive addition to our team this Fall!" 

- Kendra Bayne, Assistant Director, Administration:
Assessment, Communications, & Staff Development

September 2018: Meghan Egierski, Smith Center Facility Manager

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"Meghan has been outstanding this semester. She has gone above and beyond on multiple occasions to help our department. In September, she volunteered to work the facility after the football game from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. when no one else wanted to work. She has assisted with training sessions at the Smith Center and has conducted comprehensive checks at Rockne. She has also helped with miscellaneous tasks such as budgets, reporting maintenance issues, and brainstorming on future training sessions. Meghan has been a huge help for her peers as well. She has fun while at work and makes the shifts enjoyable for everyone else. I greatly appreciate all of her hard work and her drive to always accomplish something while at work. For these reasons, I would like to nominate Meghan for the RecSports September 2018 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month."

- Todd Dion, Facility Operations Coordinator (Smith Center)

August 2018: Corienne Garbison, North Dome Facility Manager

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 "I am nominating Corienne Garbison for the 2018 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for August. Corienne just started working as a Front Desk Attendant in January but has definitely let her leadership skills stand out. Corienne has volunteered this month to pick up many shifts and came in early for a shift so a coworker wouldn’t be late for a meeting. During the times when the North Dome was closed last Spring, she signed up for Fitness Attendant shifts sometimes double ones at the Smith Center. This past weekend when one of her coworkers was late for a shift, she stayed until he got to our facility. That is truly a team player. Corienne is now a Facility Manager. She is very committed to doing her job well especially checking out/in equipment. She is not afraid to take charge. When some varsity basketball players came in the side door and started to shoot around, she made sure they knew they needed to swipe in. When Corienne is the Facility Manager for the evening, I know the North Dome is supervised efficiently and is safe for our patrons. For these reasons I would like to nominate Corienne Garbison for the August 2018 RecSports MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month." 

- Matt Lewandowski, Facility Operations Coordinator (North Dome)

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