Recreation Center

Recreation and Athletics Center
569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4REC (4732)
fax: (248) 370-4889

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Employee Well-Being

Oakland University Employee Wellness strives to support the enhancement and maintenance of Oakland University faculty and staff’s quality of life. In collaboration with campus and community resources, our goal is to provide you with valuable educational programs, resources, and activities that support your personal goals to live a healthy lifestyle.

Wellness programming is open to all Oakland University Faculty and Staff to participate.

Carrot Wellness

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We are excited to introduce a new wellness initiative that is designed to reward all members of our faculty and staff for leading more active lives. Beginning January 20, every faculty and staff member at Oakland University will have the opportunity to participate in Carrot Wellness, a free incentive program that rewards you financially for walking, running, and climbing stairs.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Willis at or Becky Lewis at

Carrot Wellness Features

Here are some unique features of Carrot and our program:

  • Carrot Wellness is a free application (download on the Apple and Google Play stores) that gives each user a personalized activity goal that updates each day. Your activity goal is based on your own step history that is extracted from your phone.
  • Each day you meet your goal, you will earn one Goal Coin. You can then use your Goal Coins to purchase exclusive rewards that are available right on the app and get sent directly to your phone.
  • Steps are tracked by the technology on your phone, or you can sync with a wearable device like Fitbit
  • There are no reporting requirements and no paperwork to fill out. Everything including monitoring your goals, tracking your progress, and claiming your rewards, is done solely on your smartphone.

This program is available automatically for all Oakland University faculty and staff, absolutely free.

How to Download the App
  1. Download the free app from the Apple or Google Play store by searching "Carrot Wellness."
  2. Open the app and register using your phone number. IMPORTANT: You must use your Oakland Email under the 'Wellness' tab across the top once you have set the app up using your phone number in order to have access to the Oakland incentives. Do not register through Facebook.
  3. Go to your email inbox to open up the email sent from Carrot. Click on the link to verify your Oakland University account.
  4. Begin walking, earning Goal Coins, and purchasing great rewards that are available on the app right now!
Exclusive for OU Employees – Learn a science-based model of lifestyle nutrition and how it can be a road map for your personal plan. Meet privately with Registered Dietitian, Debbie Cavender, to focus on understanding the fundamental factors that influence your experience with health and wellness.
  • Understand the natural way of taking care of your health, regain optimal energy, lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar, control blood pressure, lose weight, optimize digestion, and enhance your immune system
  • Learn strategies on how to apply nutrition, movement, and laboratory results, and other lifestyle modifications on an individualized way so you can put an effective health and nutrition plan into action
Consultations are 45 minutes, and available at no cost to you. Appointments must be scheduled online and are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Summer 2018 Consultation Dates:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Click here to be taken to the appointment calendar. Scroll through the calendar to select the date and time of your choice. The appointment will be added to your Google Calendar.

Nutrition Consultation Cancellation Policy: Any employee wishing to cancel their appointment must do so within 48 hours of their scheduled appointment time.  Cancellations may be made by calling Stephanie Willis at 248.370.4968 or email at with no penalty.  Any persons making a cancellation less than 48 hours in advance will be prohibited from booking another nutrition consultation for 6 months past the date of their original appointment. 
and Events
8th Annual Employee Poker Walk
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Welcome, Check-In, and Photos at 11:30 a.m., Walk begins at 12 p.m.

Participate in the 8th Annual Employee Poker Walk in celebration of National Employee Health and Fitness Day, in addition to being apart of our Heart Walk Initiatives. Join a team with others, or walk individuallay on a guided route across campus. Collect poker chips along the route, and place your bets at the end of the walk for a chance to win great prizes!

Come to the Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. for a welcome, check-in, and photo opportunities with your team. The walk will officially kick off at 12 p.m. This year's route is 1.5 miles and will take across our beautiful campus. Team prizes will be available for the top three teams with the best combined team name and costume. In addition to prizes for our top poker hands, over 100 small prizes will be given away throughout the event.

Register your team here!

Register as an individual here!

3rd Annual Employee Kickball Tournament
Tuesdays & Wednesdays starting June 5

Employees will kick off, department vs. department tournament style with the hopes of being named Kickball Champs! This will be a shortened version of a kickball game so it will fit in perfectly with your lunch break. Not an athlete? No problem! This is meant to be fun for all levels, and if you don't want to play, come watch the action and cheer on your favorite team.

Tournament Information: This will be a pool-play tournament, and your team will be placed into a bracket based on how you play during the first three weeks. Teams will know in advance what days they will be playing during pool-play. Semi-finals will be played on June 26 and 27, and the Championship game on June 28. All games are played outdoors at the Recreation Athletic Outdoor Complex from 12:10 - 1 p.m. Games are played seven innings, or 50 minutes (whichever occurs first).

Registration Information: The first 8 teams that register completely will be given a spot in the tournament. Registration must be completely filled out with all required questions answered in order to be submitted. Teams are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. A minimum of 10 employees is required, with a maximum of 14 people per team. Student Employees are not eligible to play, with the exception of Graduate Assistants (maximum of 2 per team). A mandatory co-captains meeting will be held on Thursday, May 31.

Team Registration available here.

Walk with Campus Leaders
Various Dates in April

Join campus leaders as we take time to step away from our desk and get some extra steps in our day. All are welcome to attend as we casually walk across different areas of campus; all that is needed is a good pair of walking shoes. All walks will meet at the Elliott Tower and we will begin at 12:10 p.m. Walk the entire time (about 30 minutes), or leave when you need to. In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the Rec Center and walk on the indoor track. See the schedule below.

Wednesday, April 4
Pat Engle (Associate Vice President, Facilities Management)
Joi Cunningham (Assistant Vice President, Academic Human Resources)

Monday, April 9
University Deans

Friday, April 13
Student Affairs Directors

Tuesday, April 17

Monday, April 23
President Pescovitz

Employee Friendly Group Exercise Pass
Are you an OU Employee interested in taking Group Exercise classes at the Rec Center? There is now a pass designed especially for employees to purchase that allows you to participate in certain Group Exercise classes at a lower out of pocket cost!

The Employee Friendly Pass can be purchased at any time (online or at the Rec Center), starting Wednesday, January 3 for $25.  This pass is good for any classes marked with an "EF" on the schedule, unlimited, for the 2018 Winter Semester.

New to Group Exercise and not sure what classes you will like?  No problem!  Visit us January 3 through January 9 for our "Try-Us-Out" week where you can attend as many classes as you would like at no cost, and no passes required. Passes are required starting January 10.  For more information on the Employee Friendly Pass, please contact Stephanie at or call x.4968.
Active Assailant Training
Wednesday, August 8th and Wednesday, August 22nd
2-3:30 p.m
169 South Foundation Hall

"Shots fired"....the last thing you'd expect to hear. Prepare for the unexpected with this interactive presentation by the OU Police Department. Learn what you can do to keep yourself safe while on campus and learn how law enforcement agencies across the nation are responding to this growing trend. This candid presentation, combined with an informative video and a question and answer period, will give you the information you need to keep yourself safe.

Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual and Occupational

Mindful Self-Compassion, Self-Care, and Resilience
Wednesday, August 22nd
1-2:30 p.m.
2086 Human Health Building

You are warmly welcomed to a session that is designed to honor the incredible gifts of professionalism and dedication that you provide every day for the faculty and students of Oakland University.

This is a chance for you to:Learn about mindful self-compassion; Find new ways to cultivate your energy with self-care; Boost your resilience; Enjoy the company of your colleagues.

Join us for a special professional development program that will offer you a chance to enter into the quiet, participate in the now, and experience being fully present for mindfulness practice. Mindfulness practice has been shown to offer a source of peace in a noisy, busy world of preoccupation and distraction. We will be entering into practice again with Dr. Caryn Wells, Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership. Caryn is the author of, Mindfulness: How School Leaders Can Reduce Stress and Thrive on the Job, and she has been teaching mindfulness for the past eight years on campus, and other professional settings.

Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual, Occupational, Emotional and Social

Campus Safety: How May We Help?
Tuesday, September 25th
110B O'Dowd Hall

This session will cover the services Oakland University Police Department provides and how we all play a part in creating a safe campus environment.

1. Identify what an emergency is on campus.
2. Describe the Cleary Act and our responsibility to report campus crimes.
3. Understand how to handle situations ranging from parking issues to criminal reports.
4. Recognize what options are available if an incident occurs and how to get assistance, if needed.

Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual and Occupational

Post-It Notes Aren't the Only Things That Get Stuck: Embracing Your Career Path
Wednesday, October 10th
9-10:30 a.m.
Recreation Center (David E. Herman Room)

We start our careers with great enthusiasm. We work hard, experience both successes and failures, and build our network of colleagues. But, somewhere along the way life happens and we find ourselves stuck. Stuck in a job with no upward mobility. Stuck on a vision of where we thought we would be at a certain point in our career. Stuck in a physical place because of the path life has taken us, and sometimes just stuck in our own comfort zone. Getting unstuck and finding happiness with whatever your career situation is can be challenging. Embracing where you are in your career and life is possible when you look beyond your original plan and find growth opportunities outside of work and beyond your campus. In this session, discover data and insights from seasoned professionals who have found themselves stuck at various points in their careers and leave with a plan to be happy with whatever life sticks you with! Presented by Becky Lewis and Marie VanBuskirk, University Recreation and Well-Being.

Primary Audience: Administrative Professionals
Seating is limited; please register here.
Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual and Occupational