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  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
  • May 10: College Commencement Ceremonies
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Events

  • Apr 24: Jean Cash Lecture Series Speaker John Harrell
  • Apr 25: Logic and Reasoning Institute Colloquium
  • Apr 26: Morrison-Bruce Center's ColorBlast 5K
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News

Events

  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
  • May 10: College Commencement Ceremonies
  • More >

News

Events

  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
  • May 10: College Commencement Ceremonies
  • More >

News

Events

  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
  • May 10: College Commencement Ceremonies
  • More >

News

Events

  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
  • May 10: College Commencement Ceremonies
  • More >

Current GAs

Graduate Assistant, Facility Services

Emmanuel Akogyeram


akogyeea@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Emmanuel is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreational Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2014. Home for him is Accra, Ghana. Emmanuel graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2012, where he studied Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise. While at Tech, he was a facility supervisor for the Recreational center. He also played Varsity soccer for the Hokies.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing all kinds of sports, particularly, soccer, table tennis, and tennis. He enjoys watching "The Bing Bang Theory". Chelsea FC and Barcelona FC are his two favorite professional soccer teams and his motivated by Jeremiah 29:11.



Graduate Assistant, Group Fitness and Wellness

Patrick Dunham


dunhampm@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Patrick is pursuing a degree in Sport and Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2015. Originally from Midlothian, VA, Patrick served six years in the United States Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer and Martial Arts instructor. Following his military service, he attended Radford University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education in 2013.

During his time at Radford, Patrick was involved in the veteran’s student organization, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club, and played Flanker for the rugby team. In his spare time, Patrick is active in the Rockingham Augusta Search and Rescue team, and enjoys resistance-training, martial arts, hiking, and going on adventures. Patrick believes in the philosophy “Exercise is Medicine.” – ACSM



Graduate Assistant, Intramural Sports and Special Events

Jason Darby


darbyjx@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Jason is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2014. His hometown is Hernando, Mississippi. Jason attended the University of Mississippi, where he earned two undergraduate degrees: one in Criminal Justice with his emphasis in Homeland Security, and the other in Political Science. He minored in Journalism and New Media.

While at Ole Miss, Jason worked as an Intramural Sports and Sport Club Student Supervisor, as well as a Center Manager for the Turner Recreational Center. He also worked as a Competitive Sports intern at the University of California, Los Angeles during the summer of 2012. He was four-year member of the Ole Miss rugby team, serving as the club's president during his senior year. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing guitar, and meeting new people. His favorite quote is "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts," from Coach John Wooden.



Graduate Assistant, Sport Clubs and Youth Programs

Megan Flosdorf


flosdoml@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Megan is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2014. Megan is an aspiring "Double Duke." She earned a Bachelor's degree from James Madison University in Psychology with a minor in Human Resource Development in May 2012.

Megan was highly involved in the Sport Club Program here at UREC during her undergraduate career. She served as a member of the Sport Club Council for two years and was an active participant of the Women's Water Polo team for four years. This past summer, Megan served as the Lead Counselor for Camp UREC. She describes herself as passionate and resilient. Megan enjoys many quotes. Among her current favorites is this this by Aristotle: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."



Graduate Assistant, Facility Services

Heather Gately


gatelyhl@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Heather is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2015. She was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Heather graduated with honors from JMU in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Spanish.

Heather was highly involved as a student employee at UREC during her undergrad years. In 2013 she was awarded the Gold Feather Pin for her dedication to leadership and development. She was also named the 2013 Employee of the Year for Member Services.

Heather greatly values forming personal connections and relationships, and describes herself as outgoing and passionate. In her free time she loves to spend time with her friends and family, watch movies, and try new foods.



Graduate Assistant, Aquatics and Safety

Megan Gray


grayml@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Megan is pursuing a graduate degree in Sport Leadership and is expected to graduate May 2014. She is from Culpeper, VA. Megan is proud to be an aspiring "Double Duke", having completed her undergraduate studies at James Madison University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Sport and Recreation Management and a minor in Business.

While at JMU, Megan was an intern at the University of Virginia in the Athletic Marketing and Promotions department. Outside of school and work, Megan enjoys sports, particularly basketball and football. She is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Megan also enjoys shopping and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite quote is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".



Graduate Assistant, Adventure and TEAM Programs

Jennifer Merian


merianjl@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Jenny is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreational Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2015. Originally from Roanoke, VA, Jenny graduated in 2013 from JMU with a B.A. in Anthropology. During her time at JMU, she worked for the UREC Adventure Program as a Trip Leader and at the Climbing Wall. She is a certified Single Pitch Climbing Instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association.

Jenny spent the Summer of 2013 working on the coast of Maine as a Rock Climbing Guide in Acadia National Park. When not climbing, she enjoys trail running, cooking, and practicing yoga. She loves to travel, get to know people and places, and be outside.



Graduate Assistant, Marketing and Sponsorships

Eric Rippel


rippelel@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Eric is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2015. He was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Eric attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

During his time at VCU he worked at the Cary Street Gym as a marketing assistant. His time outside of school is spent with friends, family, and volunteering with the Richmond SPCA and the National MS Society. He enjoys a wide variety of music and movies as well as outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and biking.

Meeting new people and spending time with friends and family is important to Eric. He describes himself as an animal lover, adventurer, and a supporter.



Graduate Assistant, Fitness and Nutrition

Sarah Sheppard


sheppasa@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Sarah is pursuing a graduate degree in Campus Recreation Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2015. She was born and raised in Richmond, VA. Sarah completed her undergrad education at James Madison University in 2012, majoring in Kinesiology/Exercise Science.

Sarah is an ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist and worked for a year at Zacharias Ganey Health Institute in Richmond. Sarah’s favorite fitness hobbies include running, Bikram yoga, and team obstacle races. She has completed two Tough Mudders in the past year. She also enjoys photography, sunrises at the Outer Banks, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sarah is very eager to be a part of the UREC family. Her favorite quote is, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” –Isak Dinesen