Ryan Wong’s Story

Ryan Wong, B.S. in Education – Major in Sport Management (2014)
Student Supervisor – SRC Facilities (2012-2014)

The opportunities that the department presents to their employees are endless, and I can’t say how thankful and proud I am to say I have worked for THE best department throughout BGSU.I would like to start off by thanking the Department of Recreation and Wellness for two and a half of the most influential years of my college career. The fall of 2012 is when I came aboard the amazing SRC team, not knowing that it would eventually turn into my second home and a passion of mine. Working for the department has made me grow in so many ways, as a student, professional, leader, and young man. I tell everyone if they want a job while going through school to apply for a job in Rec Well as the department presents so many opportunities to its staff!

I was hired in as a Floor Attendant at the SRC, and simply thought of the job as just a way to make a little extra cash so I could eat off campus once in a while or maybe to get a few winks from some cute girls (kidding). It didn’t take long at all before I noticed that every staff member from student staff to professional staff was passionate for the job they were doing, and sincerely enjoyed working and getting to know their coworkers. Seeing everyone so dedicated to their work inspired me to be the best employee I could be. Taking the inspiration that I was given by staff members, I applied it to my daily life and my job at the SRC, which ultimately led me to apply for the Center Manager position and eventually the Student Supervisor of Facilities. Both of these promotions were great stepping stones in the right direction for me to grow as a leader. I thank you for giving your employees the opportunity to gain leadership skills that they may have never acquired otherwise.

I would now like to thank the Department for making it possible for myself and fellow co-workers to attend and present at several conferences. I had the privilege of attending the Region III Lead On conference at the University of Michigan, and the Ohio Recreational Sports Association (ORSA) conference at Cleveland State University which I presented at. Although I may not be the best public speaker at the moment, it was the encouraging words of all the professional staff that made it so much easier and to actually submit the presentation proposal. Thank you again for providing the funds for your employees to have the opportunity to attend these conferences and grow as a professional.

After two and a half years working at the SRC I have discovered my passion for campus recreation and will try to pursue a career in that. Whether I continue on the course of campus recreation or not, I know the experience I have gained here will help me immensely in any career path I go down. For those that do not know, I will be doing an internship at Florida Gulf Coast University at their Student Recreation Center as a Facilities and Marketing Intern.

The opportunities that the department presents to their employees are endless, and I can’t say how thankful and proud I am to say I have worked for THE best department throughout BGSU. The experience I have had with this job that was only supposed to make me a little extra cash for food, turned out to be one of the best experiences I have had at Bowling Green State University, and I sincerely thank you for that. Each and every professional staff has contributed to my great experience at the SRC, even you Scott! Thank you again for everything, best of luck and Roll Along!

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LaParis Grimes’ Story

LaParis Grimes, B.S. in Applied Health Science – Specialization in Public Health (2015)
Wellness Connection Attendant, Peer Educator, and Student Wellness Network Member

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It was great to work alongside people who share your passions and really love and care about what they do. Before I became involved with the Department of Recreation and Wellness I was not involved on campus at all. I was not a member of any clubs and never attended any events. I tended to hang out with a smaller group of friends that I met freshman year and that was it. When I became a part of RecWell all of that changed. I finally felt like I had a place where I really fit in. I met different types of people who were all brought together with a similar passion. It is very hard to not want to be a part of that. Most of my best memories of college involve RecWell.

The Department of Recreation and Wellness is a huge factor behind my professional growth and success as well. I was able to obtain an internship through the Wellness Connection that gave me experience with the process of program planning and marketing strategies. Through the Peer Education program I was able to overcome my fear of public speaking and work on my presentation skills with different audiences. I had the opportunity to attend and present at both regional and national Peer Education conferences. Also, through the Student Wellness Network organization I was able to gain leadership experience that was critical in getting my current position in Americorps VISTA after graduating.

Working for the Department of Recreation and Wellness has really taught me about the importance of building relationships with people. The staff at RecWell are some of the greatest people I’ve ever worked with. It never felt like work while I was there. This department goes above in beyond to care for their employees and bring them together for both learning opportunities and fun. It was great to work alongside people who share your passions and really love and care about what they do. There were so many people who mentored me and helped me make it through college and on to my next steps. I was overwhelmed by the amazing recommendations I received from some of the staff after working there. I made some great friends while I was there that I plan on staying in contact with as I transition through life.

All of these experiences have been critical in me finding Public Health and my love of health education. These things are huge reasons for me serving with Americorps VISTA. Without my involvement in RecWell I would not be where I am now or the person I am now. I thank the Recreation and Wellness Department for my accomplishments both during and after college. Leaving RecWell and all of the great experiences and relationships I built there was one of the saddest parts of graduation. I will always be grateful for my time there and all of the wonderful people I built some great memories with.

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First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguard Certification

Certification courses are offered to students, faculty/staff, and community members and are conducted by American Red Cross certified instructors. Participants must be at least 15 years old.

Basic First Aid Full Course

Basic First Aid teaches participants the knowledge and skills necessary to give basic first aid care in an emergency situation and help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives. This certification is required for all Recreation and Wellness student employees and various other positions on campus. There are no prerequisites. This certification is valid for 2 years.

CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED

Full Course

The CPR with AED for the Professional Rescuer teaches participants to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children, and infants; use an AED on an adult or child victim of cardiac arrest; and use personal protective equipment to stop bloodborne pathogens and other diseases from spreading. There are no prerequisites. This certification is valid for 2 years. Pocket mask is included.

Review Course

The CPR with AED challenge is a re-certification course that renews the CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer certification for 2 years. Pocket mask is NOT included. Review is recommended prior to class attendance as challenge courses do not cover all material outlined in the manual.

Lifeguard Training

Full Course

This Lifeguard/First Aid and CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years. Pocket mask included. Women must wear a one-piece suit, and men must wear draw string swim trunks. Attendance in all four sessions is required.

Review Course

The Lifeguard challenge is a re-certification course for individuals who are looking to renew their Lifeguard certification. To take this course, participants must hold a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard certification and pass skills and exam with no review. This course renews Lifeguard/First Aid and CPR/AED certification for 2 years. Pocket mask is NOT included. Review is recommended prior to class attendance as challenge courses do not cover all material outlined in the manual.

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Peer Education Training Weekend

Becoming a peer educator is a great way to get involved on campus, strengthen public speaking skills with presentations, and make new friends. It gives students the opportunity to learn from other students as well. Peer educators present on various wellness topics, including nutrition, body image, alcohol and other drugs and sexual health.

By completing the peer education intensive weekend training held in September or January, you can become a peer educator in one weekend long training session. A registration form is required to participate.

Enroll online: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/43075775189972

Fall 2015 Schedule
Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

For More Information:
Faith Yingling

Fall 2015 Learn to Swim

Bowling Green State University offers swim lessons for all people age six months through adult and all skill levels from beginning to advanced swimmers taught by fully certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.

Lesson Types

Semi-Private Lessons (by appointment only)
Specialized and intensive swim instruction for 2 to 3 students 3 years of age and up. Learn and improve skills quickly by assembling a group of similar swimming abilities and levels in advance. Aquatics staff does not match up children for this purpose.

Private Lessons (by appointment only)
Private swim lessons are offered to interested parties who cannot fit group lessons into their busy schedules or just prefer one-on-one instruction. Times and dates of lessons are determined between the assigned instructor and participant.

Small Group Lessons
Small Group Lessons have a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 6 participants per class. Cancellation occurs if the minimum enrollment is not met. Participants may upgrade at an additional fee to a private or semi-private option.

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