Opening Greetings from Laura Hall, Director for UF RecSports

Jan 18 / CATEGORY: News

Hello RecSports Alums!

It is so nice to have the opportunity to connect directly with you via this newsletter. Having been here at UF almost a year now, I’ve had the chance to meet a number of alums and each time has been fantastic. The Great Gator Reunion last Fall was a spectacular few days and seeing how connected our former staff are is truly heartwarming. I’ve also enjoyed meeting folks stopping by the Southwest Recreation Center when in town. I hope to meet many more of you in the coming year.

It is my distinct honor to receive the leadership baton from David Bowles. Bowels and I go back many years in terms of knowing each other through NIRSA and working together on presenting executive level seminars. Originally from California, I worked for 18 years at the University of California, Davis until moving across the country to serve as the first-ever Senior Director of Campus Recreation at Penn State University. Those 5 ½ years, building a department from the ground up, taught me a great deal. However, I could not be more pleased to be here at UF, working amongst folks who care so much about providing outstanding recreational opportunities to our campus community.

Our goal is to continue to provide a variety of ways for you to stay connected with RecSports and we hope this hits the mark for you. We’d love to see you at future reunion activities or connected through social media. After engaging in three days of strategic planning last summer, our staff have some big plans in moving forward. I encourage you to check out our renewed Vision and Mission Statements as well as the values that will guide our department as we continue to evolve. If this information resonates with you, please consider supporting RecSports with your Time, Treasure, or Talents – whether that be through participating in our alumni events, speaking with our students to share career-related information, mentoring, engaging in social media efforts, etc.

I hope to meet many more of you in the future and see again those who I have already met. Go Gators!