Stories

THIS IS ABOUT YOU AND FOR YOU.

Telling your story is powerful - to us, to others, and to you. Plus, it's widely known that recreation has its benefits and is important to student success and overall well-being, and we'd love to know what that means to you (or how we've helped you achieve that)! 

We want to promote, encourage, and motivate you to keep moving through testimonials and stories about why Recreation & Wellness has impacted them and how it has made a lasting impression. 

Share your story to be featured on social media or entered into monthly drawings for FREE swag!

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Participant Stories

Stella Sterling Spotlight

Stella Sterling

"While I still haven't been able to calm my mind enough to sit through a meditation; yoga has been a great way for me to practice mindfulness while also improving my strength and mobility. Even a short practice leaves me feeling calmer and a lot..."

Maddie Vervaeke Spotlight

Maddie Vervaeke

By eating healthy, trying to practice hygge, getting outside in nature, seeking mental health resources, exercising daily, and taking time for myself. I workout every morning to help center me for the day. If I feel overwhelmed outside of that, I...

Casey Moomey Spotlight

Casey Moomey

"I overcame a weight loss of 100 lbs. In 2008 when I started working at GVSU, I started using the Rec Center to maintain my weight loss and continue my fitness journey. It's been 12 years keeping my weight off and I visit the Rec Center 6 days a week..."

Joy Gianakura Spotlight

Joy Gianakura

"I find that being involved with Campus Recreation has helped me to meet people from departments I otherwise would not be engaged with. I have gained a new appreciation for getting and staying healthy, and it has helped me with managing stress..."

John Offerman Spotlight

John Offerman

"I have a passion for fitness, meeting new people, and making a positive impact upon others by sharing the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. Working within the Campus Recreation department provides me with the opportunity to do all of..."

Jeremy and Katie Hepner Spotlight

Jeremy and Katie Hepner

We've always wanted to travel and explore what's out there so we thought why not start with the United States. We also wanted to take this trip sooner rather than later because we aren't really tied to anything right now. 

Callie Zimmerman Spotlight

Callie Zimmerman

"I love being outside and have been making sure to get out for at least a little bit every day! I also think it is important to listen to what the stress is trying to tell you. Sometimes it's going for a run outside, a living room yoga session, a..."

Meghan Pynnonen Spotlight

Meghan Pynnonen

"I participate in RecWell programs, utilize the GVSU Recreation Center, and swim laps in the GVSU pool in order to remain the best version of myself. I feel that I am a better coworker, friend, mom, etc. when I dedicate a small portion of each and..."

GR Urban League Spotlight

GR Urban League

"We walked the 2020 Virtual 5K and used it as a way to give back to our community! We were able to give out COVID resource bags we prepared to over 25 homes in our surrounding community. Each bag had multiple hand sanitizers, face mask, and..."

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Page last modified February 21, 2022