UCF’s Recreation and Wellness Center strengthened its position as one of the nation’s leaders in developing campus recreation professionals with the largest group of graduate assistants in the department’s nearly 40 year history.

Ten graduating seniors have accepted positions at universities nationwide:

  • Jessica Armenteros (University of South Florida)
  • Kyra Dickie (University of Kentucky)
  • Evelyn O’Campo (University of South Florida)
  • CJ Stancheski (Texas A&M University)
  • Chris Mason (Wichita State University)
  • Greg Metzger (University of Georgia)
  • Teesha Monroe (James Madison University)
  • Bryce Starr (Western Michigan University)
  • Calle Lajza (College of William & Mary)
  • Cat Spears (Armstrong State University)
  • “With over 400 student employees, the RWC offers students a variety of advancing leadership opportunities to develop their skills and make them very marketable to potential employers,” said Gary Cahen, associate director of RWC programs.

    Since 2012, the RWC has produced 36 graduate assistants. These students will work in exchange for the opportunity to earn their Masters degrees on tuition waivers.

    “Campus Recreation is infectious, once you get in, and get bitten by the right bug, it’s hard to find a career in anything else,” said Stancheski. “Working at the RWC has prepared me to reach my career goals by having influential and motivating professional staff mentors that want nothing but the best for you and your future.”