Promising Practices Roundtable - Oakland University

Promising Practices Roundtable - Oakland University

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Watch this recorded roundtable about Oakland University’s Healthiest Campus for Michigan initiative, including details about external partnerships and utilizing participation data. Be sure to also checkout the full Promising Practices Guide.

Becky Lewis

Associate Director Programs & Administration

Oakland University

Becky’s 27-year career in campus recreation started in the fitness arena as an undergraduate at Central Michigan University and then a GA at Miami-Ohio.  In 2010 Becky made the transition to Oakland University from Northern Illinois University.  At OU Becky is responsible for the oversight of programming and administrative tasks for University Recreation and Well-Being.  Since her arrival to OU, she has been actively engaged in, and directly responsible for creating and rolling out a healthy campus initiative that the OU administration can support.

Becky’s involvement in campus life also includes participation in the summer family orientation program, working closely with the Dean of Students office on various student conduct committees, chairing a subcommittee for the Grizzlies Healthy Planet Initiative, serving as the current President of the Administrative Professionals employee group and she is a member of the School of Health Sciences Board.

Over the years, Becky’s teaching and primary work have been important to her because of the lives she has been able to influence and the numerous people who have crossed her path. She has a passion for the development of people, whether students or employees, and providing opportunities for individuals to be successful in their personal lives, careers, health and well-being.

Caitlyn Hennings

Employee Wellness Coordinator

Oakland University

Caitlyn serves as the Employee Wellness Coordinator at Oakland University. She develops, delivers, and evaluates employee wellness programming as well as fosters collaborations with departments on and off campus. She earned her bachelor's and master's from the University of Delaware. She has received a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Health Coaching and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Stephanie Willis

Coordinator for Marketing

Oakland University

Stephanie serves as the Coordinator for Marketing and Communications at Oakland University. She oversees all marketing, communications, social media, and graphic design for University Recreation and Well-Being and the Healthy Campus initiative. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Oakland University, and serves on several cross campus committees.

Josh Downing

Director | Recreation & Wellness

Butler University

Josh serves as the Director of Recreation and Wellness at Butler University. He oversees Recreation &  Wellness and executes a comprehensive student wellbeing initiative for the University through developing long and short term goals and overseeing the implementation of the strategies for achievement of the goals and objectives established. He earned his bachelors and masters from Indiana University and has been in recreation and wellness management since 2002. He has served on several NIRSA committees, is currently a member of the NIRSA Health and Well-being Task Force, a past president of the Indiana Recreation Sports Association (IRSA),  and past president of the Butler Staff Assembly.

Darcie Burde


University of Florida

For the past fifteen years Darcie has worked in collegiate recreation at large public universities. Currently, she serves as the Senior Associate Director for Fitness and Wellness at the University of Florida. As a member of the Executive Team, she oversees fitness programs, nutrition services, wellness initiatives and capital projects. Darcie collaborates with campus partners on wellness programing, health promotion, employee wellness, construction management, food systems and research. Darcie serves NIRSA as a member of the Health & Wellbeing Task Force and co-chair of the Cross-Campus Integration Work Group. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Recorded Roundtable Discussion
Recorded 07/27/2021
Recorded 07/27/2021