Student Staff MVP
April 2017 MVP
Boopathy Kannan - Intramurals Official
Rec Sports' Student Staff MVP for April is Boopathy Kannan. Boopathy began working for Recreational Sports in fall 2016 after he was recruited for cricket, volleyball & soccer as an Intramurals Official. On an average day, Boopathy fulfills the officiating needs of each sport while also being an active participant of each sport, a job he finds most interesting and seems more like fun than work.
There are a many aspects that make working for Recreational Sports most enjoyable for Boopathy, such as officiating soccer and interacting with fellow staff, friendly Graduate Assistants, and the Intramural Coordinator. Boopathy says working at Rec Sports and having these interactions is and will always be wonderful memories. The Rec Sports Center itself is a grand enterprise for him because he has never been in such a large facility.As an international student Boopathy is most comfortable working with many people, from co-staffs to all Superiors, and Pro Staffs alike. He states, “People are so friendly and help me out in any circumstance.” Boopathy would like to give a special thanks to the staff members at Recreational Sports for giving him an opportunity as a sports official, which has helped sharpen his skills.
Boopathy graduates in May of 2018 with a Masters in Computer Science. Boopathy says the level of contribution to his skills formed during his work at Rec Sports will be high as he is gaining more and more experience in each sport that can carry him to the next level in a sports career, although he is majoring in computer science. Upon graduation Boopathy would like to find a great job that suits his interests, whether that may be as a software engineer or as a senior sports official.
In addition to his input with Rec Sports, Boopathy volunteers as a member of Lamar Green Squad. He loves servicing the community by encouraging and working toward a green environment. Regarding his volunteer work Boopathy says, “Having just begun building my resume, I consider this performance a first step toward my future achievements.”
His supervisor, Coordinator of Intramural Sports Jason Harrington commends Boopathy for being involved in each event that the Intramural and Sports Club offers, attending training for multiple sports, and working various club events as well. Always available to assist, “Boopathy has picked up shifts when we didn't have the spot filled and kept us out of a jam.”
Boopathy says, “I am not a kind of guy who dreams about the future; I chose rather to live in the present.” His motto is: Do and give your best in whatever you are up to at any moment. Congratulations, Boopathy!
March 2017 MVP
Bailey Ballard - Building Attendant
Recreational Sports Student Staff MVP for the month of March is Bailey Ballard, who began working for Recreational Sports in the spring of 2016. While doing a great job working in the Rec, she has really shown off her leadership skills by joining our Rec Sports Leadership Team and presenting at Lamar's 2017 Leadership Conference. Her ability to stand up and take the lead proved to us that she has what it takes to be this month's MVP.
Bailey does an excellent job enhancing the patrons experience at the Rec by assisting them, answering questions, and providing clean equipment all while never letting a smile leave her face. She always makes the patrons feel welcome. Bailey said her fondest memory of working in Recreational Sports was, “when we had an employee lock in and we invited all the different departments. We grilled, made s'mores, and played a lot of games! It was fun to be able to interact with others that help the facility run so smoothly."
Bailey is a sophomore majoring in American Sign Language and minoring in History, and will graduate Spring 2019. We asked how her job at the Rec will contribute to her life experience after graduation and she said, “By working at the Rec I have been able to join the Leadership Committee, by doing so I had the opportunity to represent Recreation Sports at the 2017 Leadership Conference, by being a presenter. If it were not for Recreation sports, I would not have had the confidence to present and I would not have taken advantage of such a wonderful experience. Because I have a new confidence from Recreation Sports when I become a teacher, standing in front of the class will be less nerve racking.”
Another campus organization Bailey is involved in is the Signing Cardinals, which helps bridge the gap between hearing and Deaf students and helps to sharpen her signing skills. Bailey has enjoyed meeting new people through Signing Cardinals since August 2015.
Bailey's life motto is: “Share a smile, you never know who needs it!” She says “A smile is all it takes to make someone's day better!” Congrats, Bailey!
About Our Most Valuable Personnel
The student staff of Recreational Sports consistently go above and beyond to serve the LU community. They're an invaluable asset to our university, and their work is vital to the future of collegiate recreation.
Recreational Sports created the Most Valuable Personnel program to show our appreciation to our student staff. We thank them for their outstanding contributions and student leadership!