Promising Practices: Where are they now?
Join us as we catch up with past Promising Practice campuses – Oakland University, Rowan University, and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. We’ll hear from each campus about what has changed for them, what has remained the same, and what they have planned for the future. This roundtable will invite conversation between the panelists and attendees to discuss the challenges and opportunities for integrated wellbeing in these ever-changing times.
NIRSA is able to provide this free to Institutional members because of the generous support of our sponsor. Thank you, NIRSA Foundation!
Associate Director Programs & Administration
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.
Kevin George, M.E.S.
Director of Campus Recreation
Kevin leads a comprehensive campus recreation department that supports the health and well-being of the Rowan community. The department supports students through informal recreation, intramural sports, sport clubs, group fitness, personal training, and aquatics programs. Kevin’s energetic team of professional staff, graduate coordinators, and over 200 student and part-time staff supports campus well-being through multiple indoor and outdoor facilities, various and diverse programs and services, and initiatives that provide opportunities for student learning and growth. Through collaborations with a variety of divisions and departments, Kevin leads the integration of a well-being culture across the campus by helping students and employees who are navigating the dimensions of well-being: physical, emotional, community, social, financial, and purpose.
He attended Robert Morris University and obtained a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Sport Management and has a M.E.S. in Sport Management from the University of Florida. While at UF, Kevin served as a graduate assistant of intramural sports at the Recreational Sports Department and served as a Summer Sports & Fitness Intern with the Navy MWR in La Maddalena, Italy. His Rowan University career began at the Rec Center in 2004. An active member of NIRSA – Leaders of Collegiate Recreation, Kevin has been recognized by the association with the Horace Moody Award for Student Development in 2006 and the Region I Award of Merit in 2019.
Kevin resides with his wife and 3 daughters in Haddonfield, NJ and enjoys spending his spare time officiating women’s collegiate basketball and playing in the Rowan Summer Employee Softball League.
Jessica Kirby, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences; Graduate Program Coordinator, MSc in Health Promotion; Assistant Director, Center for Critical Sport Studies
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Dr. Kirby is a Colorado native that enjoys staying active with her husband and two daughters. She received her Master's degree in Health Promotion from UCCS, and her PhD in Sport and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity from the University of Northern Colorado. As an assistant professor at UCCS, Dr. Kirby teaches the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of sport, health, and wellness to include Sport Psychology and Health Behavior Theory for undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Kirby's research focuses on exploring the sport and physical activity experiences of individuals across the lifespan, as well as the impact of social connection and peer relationships on psychological well-being in sport and physical activity settings. Dr. Kirby currently serves as Assistant Director for the Center for Critical Sport Studies, and the faculty advisor for the UCCS Fitness Buddies program.
Employee Wellness Coordinator
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).