March 2016: Ashley Rinks

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"I am nominating Ashley Rinks as the March MOST Outstanding Employee of the Month. Ashley is a RSRC Front Desk and Fitness Room Attendant. Over the years I have found Ashley to be THE most dependable, hard working, and professional student working for RecSports. The fact that she has willingly worked the opening shift for the past two years speaks volumes for her dedication to her job. During this time, she has never missed nor been late, as far as I know, to her assigned shifts. She has also stepped up to the plate by taking additional open shifts when called upon. The early morning regular patrons have come to know Ashley as friendly and helpful. Many times I have witnessed Ashley going above and beyond to provide outstanding service. From greeting them with a smile, to answering their questions, to assisting them with any "special needs" requests. And always with a smile on her face. Her complete knowledge of the policies and procedures of her job allow her to provide this service with confidence. She has never backed down from the unexpected situation. From taking charge in medical responses, to helping to cover for "no shows shifts," to arriving early to all of her shifts, to helping open and ready Rolfs for the day. Her leadership skills may not be visible to many due to her mostly working the opening shift, but I see them on a daily basis. She truly leads by example and I have never witnessed her criticize or negatively talk about other workers. She is always willing to go the extra mile by not having to be asked to do all the tasks of her job; she does them eagerly and willingly. She is a wonderful example of "the" true ND student. Helpful, dedicated, friendly, and caring. I am truly pleased to nominate Ashley Rinks for the March 2016 MOST Outstanding Employee of the Month."

- Donald Tonk, RSRC Front Desk


Fenton, Michigan


I love playing volleyball and softball. Now that the weather has warmed up, you can often find me out on Bond Quad playing catch with fellow Arkies. I also enjoy cooking, baking, drawing, and painting. 

Year at Notre Dame




What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be an architect, specializing in historic preservation and crafts. I also want to have a small farm, chickens, cows, pigs, and of course a donkey!

What are the top 3 reasons you enjoy working at RecSports?

  • Don and Eva. They've become really great friends of mine over the years.
  • The patrons. I've worked the same shift since I was a freshman, and I have come to know all of the regulars and they know me. 
  • The sweet uniforms. Khakis + RecSports shirt + name tag = too cool for school.

What’s one thing you would like everyone at RecSports to know about you?

I'm obsessed with Birkenstocks and coffee.