Whether it be a full-blown relaxation center to a thriving community college or large four-campus university, the cover stories from this past year have covered quite a few big themes. Here is Part Two of the top 2022 Cover Story themes.
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Texas Southern University
July/August 2022 Cover Story
The Tiger Serenity Relaxation Center at Texas Southern University opened in 2018.
Tiger Serenity is a technology and study-free zone with programs and services that integrate the mind and body. Inside, the Tiger Spa offers massage therapy. Students can participate in live and pre-recorded self-guided meditation sessions — led by an Amazon Alexa — or yoga classes. Other features include:
- A mirror waterfall.
- Comfortable seating.
- Herbal teas served on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- A section where students can paint or color, and more.
It was part of a vision that Iisha Voltz, the director of Campus Recreation and Wellness, had prior to the Student Government Association even asking for it.
Moraine Valley Community College
September/October 2022 Cover Story
A common misconception surrounding Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) is that its campus rec center must be small since it’s a community college.
However, the 113,000-square-foot facility that opened in Palos Hills, Illinois, in 2014 takes many by surprise. “It’s much larger than most people think when they tour it,” said Mike Schneider, the director of FitRec at MVCC. “They quickly realize our fitness floor rivals most large institutions or big private clubs they may have experienced in the past.”
With a three-court gym, a four-lane pool complete with swim lessons following the Jeff Ellis Swim training program and four group fitness studios that play host to Les Mills classes, MVCC has a lot to offer both students and the local community.
Arizona State University
November/December 2022 Cover Story
Arizona State University (ASU) is busy but impactful. With four distinct campuses across the Phoenix Metropolitan area, the Sun Devil Fitness and Wellness team serves almost two million visitors annually.
This means onboarding across all campuses must be on point. Mary Rose McGinn, the program coordinator of Facility Operations, said they work as a team to ensure hiring and onboarding practices are as close to identical as possible at each location — with alterations depending on the populations served of course.
“In our weekly meetings, we discuss best practices and make decisions for all four of our teams to carry out at their location,” said McGinn.
SDFW has approximately 750 student staff. To make hiring and onboarding run smoothly, McGinn said the main thing they look for is attitude. Using Zoom to keep up with the high applicant rate — and to be able to meet students wherever in the world they are prior to returning to campus for the year — the staff search for students with positive attitudes, and who will go above and beyond for the team.