Ian Berg is known around the Rec Center as the “Pro-Shop Guru”, he knows the Pro-Shop as well as the back of his hand if not better. He has memorized all product prices as well as all the details. “Wonderful Student Manager, wealth of knowledge. Great problem solver, our go to to fix anything”–Jessie Bayer. With five years in the business, Ian tells us a little bit more about how he got here and what he does.
When and how did you become a part of the REC staff?
I began at the start of my junior year of high school, so this is my fifth year here. I started back when reception and fitness were combined , I was in reception and CSS for the first two years and then I trained up to Pro-Shop for another two years, and starting this year I am Lead Staff.
What’s a normal workday for you at the Rec?
I guess it really depends on what I’m doing, since I can be Pro-Shop informal or just on Lead Staff shift, every day is a little different.
Do you think this job is preparing you for your future and career?
Yeah, I think so, I think it’s helped me be a little bit more outgoing. It’s made it easier for me to talk to people.
As a student manager here at the Rec, what’s a piece of advice you’d give students seeking your position?
Be ready to help out in any way you’re asked and be flexible with what you’re asked to do.
Women’s Volleyball had an away tournament at U of I in Champagne, Illinois. After going 3-0 in pool play against Northwestern, Illinois B, and Loyola B, they fell in the semifinals to Illinois A. They came in 3rd overall in the tournament.
Tennis won the Xavier University Challenger this past weekend in Cincinnati. They beat Michigan and OSU in bracket play to take the title!
Women’s D1 Hockey lost 4-0 to MSU on Friday and lost 3-2 in OT on Saturday.
Men’s D2 Hockey lost to the University of Cincinnati on Friday 5-3 and Saturday 4-1.
Swim Team competed at the University of Kentucky Wildcat Invitational. They placed 3rd out of 7 and were beaten only by the host team and the reigning national champions. Many swimmers achieved National Qualifying Times.
Women’s Soccer lost to OSU 2-0.
Miami University Men’s Club Soccer defeated Dayton 2-0 to complete their regular season with a record of 8-2. They will be traveling to Indianapolis for regionals next weekend as a result of their solid season.
Miami University Rowing Club raced at Head of the Charles in Boston this weekend. Miami’s Women’s Four was in the top 50% of their race, beating more than 27 boats.
Men’s Water Polo had their conference at OSU. They went 1-2, losing to Notre Dame 11-7 and Illinois State 4-2. They won against OSU B 4-3.
Boxing competed in the Cincinnati Athletic Club Fight Night. New members Jack Cross and Jake Isele won their bouts.
The Cranberry Wilderness. The crown jewel of West Virginia’s 919,000 acre Monongahela National Forest. It’s like stepping back in time: trails are small and unmarked, wildlife are not habituated to humans, and cell phones are useless due to the dense canopy overhead. This is the site of one the Outdoor Pursuit Center’s Fall Break trips that ran this past weekend. Did it live up to the hype?
“There is something about being out in the middle of nowhere that refreshes my soul.” – Cole Baker
Participants hiked a total of 23.5 miles over 2.5 days. The days were long and challenging, but participants were rewarded with beautiful backcountry campsites near waterfalls and trickling streams. We spent time on the trail getting to know each other, playing games, and telling stories. Our nightly entertainment was sitting around a campfire, with our dinner in hand, telling more stories and playing card games.
Luckily the weather was perfect, with only rain on the night we arrived which didn’t affect us. There were no bugs the entire trip too.
The students got a chance to explore a new place and a new activity. They developed old friendships and started new ones. They’re leaving with a truly unique experience.
Miami University Club Broomball Team Coed lost 0-3 against the top team in the league. Will Dausman played very well in the net. Unrestricted extended their winning streak to 4 games this year by beating the Ice Sharks 5-0. Max Warr scored 1 goal and 2 assists, Ted Price had 2 goals, Mike Dzoba had 2 goals and 1 assist, Austin Smart had 3 assists, and Kevin Hill had 1 assist. Will Dausman had the shutout in net.
Club Tennis sent an A and B team to the University of Dayton for their Fall Brawl. The A team lost in the semifinals to Dayton, but the B team won the silver bracket.
Women’s Ultimate Frisbee came in 6th place at a tournament hosted by UC.
Roller Hockey went undefeated 3-0 this weekend in their preseason tournament. Game 1 vs. Western Michigan D1 was 7-6 in overtime, Game 2 vs. Eastern Michigan D1 was 10-4, Game 3 vs. Grand Valley State D3 (B) was 7-0.
Dodgeball took their first team win this season against DePaul in overtime.
Miami University Rowing ClubMen’s Novice 8 got 1st, Women’s Open 4 got 3rd, Men’s Open 4 got 4th, Women’s Varsity 8 got 5th, Women’s Novice 8 got 7th at Head of the Rock in Illinois. At Head of the Cuyahoga in Cleveland, Men’s Varsity 4 got 3rd, Women’s Varsity 8 got 4th, Men’s Varsity 8 got 4th, and Women’s varsity 4 got 9th.
Quidditch played in a tournament in Muncie, Indiana. They beat Southern Illinois, Grand Valley, Illinois State, Bowling Green, and Ball State. They had a 5-1 record and got 3rd place out of 18 teams.
Congratulations to all of our Club Sports for their hard work this week!
Men’s D2 Hockey played away against Ohio State and won 5-2. They played them again the next night and won 4-2.
Men’s D3 Hockey played on Friday against Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne at Goggin. They won 9-6 in their home opener. They also won 6-5 in overtime.
Miami University Club Broomball TeamTeam unrestricted beat a very good Dayton Bombers team 4-2 behind 2 goals and 2 assists from Mike Dzoba, 2 goals and 1 assist from Max Warr, and 3 assists from Austin Smart. Their current record is 3-0-0 this year and 29-1-1 from their last 31 games going back to last year.
Miami University Paintball Club played in the first MWGL AA event at lvl up paintball. They made it to the semi-finals and lost to Akron in a very competitive game. They took third place overall.
Miami OH Ultimate Frisbee Men’s team finished 7th this weekend at Ohio State’s tournament, Fall Brawl. They beat Ohio State’s b-team, Ohio Wesleyan, and Kenyon. They lost to Ohio State’s “x” and “y” teams as well as Petey’s Pirates and Dayton.
Miami University Men’s Club Soccer had a massive win on Wednesday night against the University of Cincinnati. They won 2-0, putting them in a great position to finish the season strongly.
Miami University Women’s Club Lacrosse went to Notre Dame on Saturday for their Fall Ball tournament. They left undefeated, beating all three teams: Wisconsin, Indiana, and Notre Dame.
Women’s D1 Hockey beat Penn State 9-0 on Friday and 6-0 on Saturday.
Beach Volleyball competed at a tournament in Cincinnati. Tom Vennemeyer and Ryan VonSchlobohm won their division.
Miami University Club Broomball Team Co-ed lost 0-2. Unrestricted won by mercy 7-1 against the Widowmakers. Mike Dzoba scored 3 goals and 2 assists, Mar Warr had a goal and 2 assists, Austin Smart also had a goal and 2 assists, Curran Persinger had a goal, and Ted Price added another one with an assist. Zach Sibert and Chris Succop also had assists.
The Equestrian Team’s Hunt Seat Team was Reserve (2nd place) Day 1 of the OSU show and 3rd place Day 2.
Beth Keith is Miami Recreational Center’s new Assistant Director of Customer and Facility Services. She is the person one must see on a Monday morning; her positiveness and enthusiasm brightens everyone’s day and that’s why the marketing team decided to get to know her a little bit better.
When and how did you become a part of the REC staff?
August 21st was my first day, I’ve only been here a few weeks now. I interviewed over the summer and was hired as the Assistant Director of Customer and Facility Services.
What was it about this job that made you chose it?
So many things, the university is amazing. I attended some classes as a student way back in high school and I knew I loved the university, loved the area. I grew up in Ross Ohio, so coming back to this area and to Oxford was definitely appealing for me. And customer service is what I’m good at, is what I thrive in so I love this type of position where I get to use my strengths, especially for recreation, that thrives me too, I love to be active and I love helping to be active and to be involved. So I think there were so many things that made me want to come back.
In this position what do you do?
I’m learning that right now, but currently processing all of the membership; activation, cancellation, enrollment, those type of things. As well as customer service, working with the pro-shop, I think I will be working along with marketing initiatives, SilverSneakers®, I am still wrapping my head around all of those things.
What’s the thing you like the most about the REC?
I think right now because it’s what I’ve had the most exposure and interactions with is the staff, I think we have some awesome staff members, some full-time employees and students. I think everyone is so wonderful and just add so much to it, it’s not just a gym, by any means it’s so much more than that and within a month or two I already feel super connected and home here.
What’s your best memory at the REC?
Actually, this goes way back. I did an internship here in 2009 and my supervisor at that time took me to the equestrian center and we got to ride horses and I still vividly remember and I absolutely loved it. I think that’s just what we try to encompass here, we’re not just a gym where you lift weights, we have so many opportunities outside of here, the Outdoor Pursuit Center, the Equestrian Center, Intramurals.
What’s your favorite recreational activity?
I love flag football, I like all the other normal running and walking, love to be outside in general, but I have played flag football as a professional staff for years and I absolutely love flag football.
What are you most passionate about?
I would say… I think trying to make people feel good about themselves in any way, I think I try to embody positivity myself, and I think I try to always bring that out on other people too and to help them feel good. Help with customer service that just goes into making sure everybody is happy, that’s one of my top 5 things with Strengthsquest, is harmony and I want to be an includer.
What’s your life’s biggest dream?
I’ve had so many dreams come true I have two beautiful babies and I moved back home. I think it’s just, personally I want to be a great mom and I want to have my family be happy and successful. Within the professional one I want to see the facility be successful.
When are you happiest?
Is that a question for me? I’m always happy…when am I happiest? When I’ve just eaten chocolate? It’s a hard question for me. When I’m doing a good job and when I feel needed and successful, when I’m working hard.
Do you have a personal philosophy that you live by?
One thing that my husband and I always say is that we’ll make it through, we always do, no matter what challenge comes our way in general, we’ll get through it. It’s always that thing that we try to live by, where we are bigger than any challenge, that’s something I always try to remember when things get hard.
Men’s Water Polo played in the Notre Dame tournament this weekend. They won against OSU B and Dayton and lost to Grand Valley and Illinois State.
Miami Beach Volleyball Club travelled to Cincinnati to compete in a sand tournament. Tom Vennemeyer and Ally King went undefeated during their pool play (7-0). Jake Swyers and Caroline Church along with Olliver Miller and Alyssa Kuelthau finished 6-1 in their pools.
The Equestrian Team’s Western Team was the High Point Team for their show this Sunday at OSU.
Miami University Club Broomball Team Coed lost 0-3. Unrestricted won their first game of the year by mercy 6-0 against the Ice Sharks. Ted Price scored 2, Curran Persinger had 2, Mike Dzoba added 1, and Seth Wise scored 1 as well.
Club Swimming competed in the Auburn University War Eagle Invitational on Saturday. The boys placed third out of ten and the girls placed fifth out of ten. Their combined score earned them fourth place overall. They had multiple top five/ten finishes and a couple of event wins for the team. Multiple athletes achieved their National Qualifying Times.
Miami University Triathlon Team participated in their final race for the fall – the Boilerman Olympic Triathlon at Purdue University. Leah Grandy placed 3rd for collegiate women and Arden McMath placed 2nd. Andrew Wallace placed 4th for collegiate men.
Club Tennis were runner ups at the University of Cincinnati Queen City Classic. They won their pool against OU, OSU A, and UK B. They then beat Ball State and UC A to make it to the finals. They lost to UK A (18-25) in the finals to bring home a runner-up trophy. Their team was made up of Gabby Verdin, Haley Thoresen, Sammud Sharma, Brett Schubert, Akhil Kanagaraj, Nick Ruth, Ellen Hata, and Nayana Ravishankar.
Miami University Men’s Club Hockey had their first games of the season against Wright State. On Friday, they had an away game and won 8-0. On Saturday, they played them again at home and won 15-0.
Women’s Club Soccer beat the University of Dayton 3-0. They then beat Xavier 7-1 and Wright State 4-0.
The Running Team competed in the MC5 Cross Country Meet at Mounds State Park in Indiana. They placed 3rd in women’s 6k and 2nd in men’s 8k. They 5 medalists in the top 10 (3 men, 2 women).