2016 - 2017 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!

June/July 2017: Patrick Foust, Intramural Sports Supervisor & Front Desk/Fitness Room Attendant (RSRC)

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"I would like to nominate Patrick Foust as the June/July 2017 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month. Patrick is a student at Trine University and we have been blessed to have him as an employee for both Intramural Sports and Facilities this summer. Patrick is a model employee that all staff should try to mimic. His positive attitude and hard work ethic make him an excellent candidate for this award. He is always looking forward to his shifts and never turns away from a challenge. I know he is always willing to pick up shifts within Facilities and is always asking Arianne and myself if he could help in any way with Intramurals outside of supervising. Patrick has helped us inventory football equipment as well this summer. His passion and dedication to continue growing in these positions, even for the summer, has been enjoyable to watch. For these reasons I would like to nominate Patrick Foust for the June/July 2017 RecSports MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month."

- Kyle Osburn, Intramural Sports Program Coordinator

"I would like to nominate Patrick Foust as the June/July 2017 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month. Patrick reached out to Matt and I to work a few more hours within the building this summer. From day one, we could see Patrick's positive demeanor and willingness to learn. Patrick always has a smile on his face and does his best to engage with all of our visitors. He has shown his flexibility by picking up countless shifts the last several weeks.

Patrick also has identified areas that need attention throughout the Fitness Center while completing his cleaning duties and has filed a report to have the issues fixed accordingly. Patrick has shown wonderful composure during emergency and adverse times this summer. He was asked to take charge during a medical situation and had the composure to act and report the incident accurately. At the conclusion of the medical situation, Patrick then took command on a theft that occurred during the medical situation. Patrick had a calm demeanor during the situations and took the time to record all the important information. In the days following the incident and accident, Patrick was receptive to the feedback about responding to these situations. We had a wonderful conversation and I know Patrick wants to learn and develop his skills as much as he can.

He has also inquired about other opportunities within the facility along with the networking opportunities within the field of campus recreation. For these reasons I would like to nominate Patrick Foust for June/July 2017 RecSports MOST Outstanding Employee of the Month. Patrick's contributions will be missed this upcoming semester."

- Todd Dion, Facility Operations Coordinator

May 2017: Nic Klebusits, Facility Manager (RSRC)

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"I have witnessed Nic’s leadership in action in his role as Student Facility Manager in Rolfs Sport Recreation Center. From instructing and assisting the new student staff with the 'this and thats' of the Front Desk, to being one of our “go to” people when things need to be done! Nic has truly been an OUTSTANDING worker and leader!

I also appreciate Nic assisting with after hours facility supervision when we host Athletic Camps. I watched him patrol the building and pick up towels and balls while the camps were going on one evening. I appreciate his work ethic!

I asked another professional staff member their thoughts on how Nic was doing and this is what they said: "Nick accepted my request to assist OIT and the Campus Card Office in testing the new Irish1Card. This included an afternoon of having a new card issued and walking all over campus to test whether the card worked correctly. I received comments from several OITers who appreciated his help."

Matt and Jeff have told me that they appreciate that Nic picks up extra shifts: "Oh yeah, make sure you put in something about him being reliable!”

For these reasons, I am more than happy to recommend Nic Klebusits for the May 2017 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month."

- Mark Williams, Director of RecSports

April 2017: Beth Vander Hoek, Facility Manager (RSRC)

"It is with great pride that I select Beth Vander Hoek for April’s MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month! I have witnessed Beth do a few Most Outstanding things over the past few weeks. I watched as she worked with one of our returning employees trying to get them up to speed on how a few policies/procedures have changed since they last worked. I watched as she meticulously went about her hourly rounds (I checked the sheet…just to see what she wrote down) as a Facility Manager in Rolfs Sports Recreation Center. Beth had no idea that I noticed her doing such a great job, and I think that how you preform your duties when no one is watching (or you think no one is watching), shows true character and integrity.

Recently, I told Beth how proud I was of her for nominating several of her colleagues for MOST Outstanding Awards. In my opinion, that is another trait of true leadership. Someone who nominates others and recognizes their talents and hard work are things that a true leader does. Lastly, when I told Matt Lewandowski that I selected Beth for this award he said “Beth is a great choice! She does a great job up front!"

So, for these reasons, I selected Beth Vander Hoek for April’s MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month!

- Mark Williams, Director of RecSports

March 2017: Claire Ackerson, Intramural Sports Supervisor

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"I am nominating Claire Ackerson for the March 2017 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month. Claire has stepped up huge in the area of officials training and development as we wrapped up our Interhall Basketball season, and started our Lacrosse season this month. These are two sports that require a lot of hands on training, evaluation, and mentoring, especially for our new officials. Claire has been exemplary in her role as a Supervisor and has dedicated extra time to help out in developing both our new and veteran officials. She helped lead parts of the classroom and on-court/field portions for both of these sport clinics, and was an excellent teacher for our officials. She also attended the Middle Tennessee State Regional Basketball Tournament the last weekend of Mid-Term Break in order to represent the ND RecSports program, and to enhance her skills as an official. Since that experience, her desire to help bring back that knowledge to our program and officials has been inspiring. She truly cares about the Intramural Sports program, and the experience of those that participate in our sports. She wants to ensure that each participant gets this excellent level of service, and this has been recognized by Kyle, myself, fellow supervisors, and the officials that she is helping to mentor. 

Her level of excitement, commitment, and dedication to the program has been just what Intramural Sports needed to finish the semester strong, and I am excited for this leadership to continue into next year as Claire assumes a Program Assistant/Manager on Duty role for our program. For these reasons and many more, I am nominating Claire Ackerson for the March 2017 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month."

- Arianne Judy, Assistant Director, Intramural Sports

February 2017: Sarah Hennessy, Club Sports Program Assistant

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"I would like to nominate Sarah Hennessy for the MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month for February. Amazing! Hard worker! Patient! These are all words that describe Sarah Hennessy. Sarah has been our Club Sports Program Assistant since October and has been an absolute joy to have on staff! She comes into work with a smile on her face and is always willing to get done what is needed for the day. She has been patient with me (which can be hard at times I’m sure) and open to learning all the procedures of the program’s day-to-day operations. Sarah is now checking our club sports email daily, processing travel and financial forms, assisting in creating practice schedules, restocking medical supplies in kits, communicating daily with officers regarding meetings, packages, and practices, and doing miscellaneous projects. More times than not, when I ask Sarah to do something, she already has it done before I ask. She is always willing to stay later or come back at another time to get a project done. Most importantly, Sarah did a FANTASTIC job while I was gone for a week at NIRSA with keeping the club submitted paperwork processed smoothly, checked in with clubs regarding arrived mail, responded to emails, answered officer questions, and completed last minute items for me while I was in DC. Not only is Sarah a Program Assistant, but she’s also a Club Sport Supervisor. She is constantly picking up the shifts that no one wants to work and rarely says no when someone needs a sub. Sarah has been battling the campus cold for a few weeks as well and not once has she let that affect her time and productivity in the office. She is a true example of a selfless team player and I, and the program, couldn’t be as nearly productive the last 2 months without her assistance while I’ve been doing individual club meetings and at the NIRSA national conference. For these many reasons, I would like to nominate Sarah as she is most deserving of being named MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month!"
- Mandy Madden, Assistant Director, Club Sports

December 2016/January 2017: Meghan Cohoon, Lifeguard

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"I would like to nominate Meghan Cohoon for the December/January MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month. Meghan is an All-Star Lifeguard at Rockne Memorial who has worked for RecSports for several years. Meghan spent the Fall semester studying abroad in London, but when she returned she was practically a gift-wrapped present under a Christmas tree. We all know how difficult it can be to find staff to work over breaks, but this year Meghan was a real 'lifesaver.' Despite being exhausted from her travels, being excited to see her friends and family, and the general dread involved in lifeguarding the 6:00 a.m. shifts, Meghan signed up to cover 70% of these shifts over the break. In fact, the only 6:00 a.m. shifts that she did not cover were for a family vacation and her 21st birthday! In addition, Meghan acted as the supervisor for a week when I had to leave for a family emergency. She took several last minute shifts and was 'on-call' during this time.  
We know that RecSports is blessed with many great employees...but how many of them are willing to jump into a pool to save someone's life at 6:00 a.m. in the morning when there is more than a foot of snow on the ground? And that is why I am nominating Meghan Cohoon for the December/January MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month."

Sarah Ryckman, Aquatics Program Coordinator (Rockne Memorial)

November 2016: Camille Zyniewicz, Graphic Designer

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"As a new employee that began in September, Camille Zyniewicz has done a great job adjusting to the tasks handed to her as a graphic designer with RecSports. However, November was a month that Camille took her job responsbilities to the next level and truly became a superstar! When asked to assist with Family FunDays: Sky Zone, no hesitiation was expressed, even though it doesn't fall within her regular job duties. Camille was given the opportunity to attend the NIRSA/ACUI Marketing Institute in November as a "guinea pig," and she did not disappoint! Camille could be found tediously writing notes throughout the conference, networking with other seasoned professionals from across the country, and on numerous occassions contributed to conversations in front of 100+ attendees! After the Institute, Camille came back to campus with a spark in her step and excited to implement many of the new ideas she had learned about! It was this Insititute I believe that made Camille understand that there can be many more opportunities for her than just graphic design. Camille anxiously volunteered to photograph Baraka Bouts and if you saw her at the Finals, she was getting every angle with the camera she could! Next up was Championship Sunday in the Stadium. Once again, Camille stepped up and photographed the Interhall championship. Might I add that it was bitterly cold! After sorting through the pictures she took, once again - impressed! She had taken some of the best pictures I've seen, and it was only her second time with the camera! In the office, Camille always has a smile on her face and is someone who comes in and is dedicated to getting her work done in a timely fashion, and never complains - even if it means multiple revisions on a project. For this and many other countless reasons, I would like to nominate Camille Zyniewicz as the November 2016 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month."

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

October 2016: Nick Argy, Front Desk/Fitness Room Attendant (RSRC)

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"When I look back on October, the one student that stands out more than all others is Nick Argy. Admittedly, I do not know much about Nick, but what I do know can be summed up by labeling him as the MOST Outstanding Student Employee. In the off chance that someone does not quickly agree with this statement (perhaps you have never stepped foot inside the RSRC), I offer the following supporting statements: Nick is one of those people that never seems to have a bad day, or an off day, or anything other than a great day. He also possesses the rare quality that makes every interaction with him positive. It seems as though Nick is always working whenever I stop by the RSRC, and he is always quick to say hello and ask how I am doing anytime that I see him. Just last week I was printing participant booklets in copy room, when Nick, having noticed that I had been standing at the printer for a while, asked if there was anything that he could help with. Nick was also extremely helpful over Fall Break, working more than 30 hours at the Front Desk. Not only is he a fantastic employee with a wonderful attitude, but he is courteous and ready to help in any situation. For these reasons (and I am sure that there are many others that his supervisor can speak to) I would like to nominate Nick Argy for October 2016 MOST Outstanding Student Employee of the Month." 

- Sarah Ryckman, Program Coordinator, Aquatics


September 2016: Brendan Hughes, Front Desk/Fitness Room Attendant (RSRC)


"I would like to nominate Brendan Hughes as the MOST Outstanding Employee of the Month for September. Brendan came to RecSports via Stonehill College in Easton, MA. He was a referee and a supervisor in their intramural program for three years. With all that experience behind him, he was a perfect candidate for a Facility Manager. He did not disappoint! Brendan arrived early on campus before our staff orientation and was trained in one day at the front desk, in the fitness room and as a Facility Manager. As a Facility Manager, he shows great leadership skills with his team members and gives specific details (out of hair ties) on his End of Shift Reports. Brendan has been very flexible with his hours. He has taken the hard to fill late morning and early afternoon shifts many times even if it was for one hour. He has great customer service skills at the Front Desk. If he doesn’t know the answer to a patron’s question, then he will come back and ask the appropriate professional staff member. The last thing that Brendan does before he leaves his day shift is he comes into my office and asks if I need anything else. Most of the time I don’t need anything and I just say good bye. Today is different. I need to say thank you for all your hard work and your commitment to RecSports. For these reasons I would like to nominate Brendan Hughes for 2016 September RecSports MOST Outstanding Employee of the Month." 

- Matt Lewandowski, Front Desk Attendant (Rockne Memorial)

August 2016: Trace Hall, Lifeguard

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"I would like to nominate Trace Hall for the MOST Outstanding Employee for the Month of August. Trace is a returning superstar who not only demonstrates the best qualities of a professional lifeguard, but also the best qualities of a Notre Dame student! He graciously arrived to campus early for our staff training, even offering to work difficult to fill hours leading up to our regular schedule. Trace, who spends his summers lifeguarding the busy beaches of Charleston, SC, is one of our more technically sound lifeguards. He has demonstrated the ease with which he is able to recognize and respond to an emergency situation, and he is continuously working to maintain his fitness. An avid swimmer, Trace also volunteers his time to work with the Special Olympics Swimming Team. He spends several hours a week working with this group and you can quickly see the positive impact he has on each of them. Trace embodies the Notre Dame Spirit and Mission in everything he does, which is why I nominate him for this award."

- Sarah Ryckman, Program Coordinator, Aquatics

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