Montana State University

ASMSU Recreational Sports and Fitness

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173360
Bozeman, MT 59717-3360

Tel: (406) 994-5000
Fax: (406) 994-6564
E-mail: recsports@montana.edu
Location:120 Hosaeus Fitness Center

Director:

Stephen J. Erickson

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ASMSU Recreational Sports and Fitness Staff

Stephen J. Erickson, MA CRSS RCRSP

Director of Recreational Sports/Aquatics Director

Tel: (406) 994-5000
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: sjerickson@montana.edu

Responsibilities with the Recreational Sports & Fitness Department:
Department Head, Fiscal Management, Aquatics, Disability Services.

Education:
Graduated from MSU - Bozeman; Physical Education/Recreation - 1982
Graduated from The University of Iowa; Master's of Science in Recreation Education-Administration - 1984

Experience:
Steve's first job out of graduate school was at Emory University in Atlanta as Assistant Facilities Coordinator. A year later was promoted to Recreation Coordinator/Instructor and ran the Recreation/Intramural programs for 9 years. Steve then took a job at Dartmouth College as coordinating Intramurals, Clubs, Fitness Center as well as teaching in the Physical Education program. After 23 years away from MSU, Steve came back to the same gym where he started his career as an Intramural Sports official in 1977.

Certifications:
Certified Pool Operator
Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer
Red Cross CPR/AED Pro Instructor
Red Cross Life Guard Instructor

Wellness Philosophy: Mind, Body and Spirit working as one.

Other Interests: Family, Basketball, Racquetball, Softball, Volleyball, Hiking, Skiing, Hunting, Camping, Building, Scheduling/Planning fun activities for groups and Four Wheeling.

Jeff Hix

Program Manager/Intramural Director/Assistant Director

Tel: (406) 994-6313
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: jhix@montana.edu

Responsibilities with the Recreational Sports & Fitness Department:
Jeff is responsible for making sure equipment repairs and maintenance in the fitness center are tended to and reported in a timely manner. As interim Intramural Director, Jeff organizes, schedules, hires, and trains officials-in addition to supervising all individual and team Intramural Sports. He sets up equipment for special events in the Hosaeus Fitness Center and Intramural Fields; makes sure everything is cleaned and taken down once the event is over. He is always glad to visit with Hosaeus Fitness Center users, so stop by and say Hi!

Education:
Graduated from MSU - Bozeman ; Biological Sciences – 1996

Experience:
Jeff has been the equipment room manager at Montana State University for the past eight years. During that time he has operated the Bozeman City League Basketball program and served as the youth football commissioner for the Gallatin Empire Lions Club. Jeff spent many past summers in Bozeman umpiring both fast and slow pitch softball, and eventually became the umpire and chief of the Gallatin Valley Softball Association, a position he held for three years before moving to South Dakota. While there, Jeff worked at Rapid City's YMCA as an official and monitor for youth events.

Field Biologist, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Bozeman and Dillon - 3 Years
Conservation technician, South Dakota Game and Fish Department, Kleghorn State Hatchery - 3 Years

Certifications:
CPR/AED
First Aid

Wellness Philosophy: Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.

Other Interests: Outdoor activities -- especially fishing, hunting, and golf.

Sharon Melniker

Administrative Associate III

Tel: (406) 994-6310
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: melniker@montana.edu

Responsibilities with the Recreational Sports & Fitness Department:
Responsible for operation of the front office and it’s customer services; supervise one full-time position and three-five student positions. Ultimately responsible for all Fitness Center memberships and lockers sold. In charge of all HR and Payroll transactions (hiring procedures and payroll); all financial transactions and reconciliation, Cat Card, Credit Card transactions and Payroll Deductions. Assist in Department’s Budget planning and execution. Lead in Recreational Sports & Fitness Marketing and Publicity for the Fitness Center and it’s Activities.

Education:
Graduated Bozeman Senior High School – 1970
One Year MSU – Billings (Commerce Major)
One Year MSU – Bozeman (Commerce Major)
Graduated from Vo-Tech ; Legal Secretary – 1973

Experience:
Two years as Women’s Racquetball Pro at Universal Sports & Courts (sponsored pro by Head Racquetball Association)
Two years as Assistant Club Manager at Universal Sports & Courts
Five years with the MSU Earth Science Department, three years with the College of Business, and 23 years with Recreational Sports and Fitness.

Certifications:
CPR/AED
First Aid
AFAA Group Fitness Instructor

Wellness Philosophy: What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
Eat healthy, stay active and laugh a lot.

Other Interests:
Raising and training quarter horses.
Attending as many colt starting, horsemanship and cow working clinics as possible.
Spending time with hubby Pete, “super dog” Jake and many wonderful family and friends.

Michele Cusack

Media Information Specialist

Tel: (406) 994-5000
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: michele.cusack@montana.edu

Responsibilities with the Recreational Sports & Fitness Department:
Manage all front office operations and associated customer service, including Fitness Center memberships, payroll deductions, scheduling appointments and locker rentals.  Train and supervise student workers and provide administrative support to all other RSF staff positions.  Responsible for on and off campus marketing of RSF programs, services, and special events, i.e. flyers, presentations, displays, promotions, publicity, etc. 

Education:
Three years post-secondary education.

Certifications:
CPR/AED
Import/Export Shipping
Deaf Interpreter Training

Wellness Philosophy: Fitness comes in every shape and size.

Other Interests:
People, writing, travel, Español, and to live long-but not get old- with Mark and my family.

Abbey Keene, CSCS

Assistant Director of Rec. Sports & Fitness
Director of Personal Fitness, Activity Classes for Credit, and Instructional Services

Tel: (406) 994-6278
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: abbey.keene@montana.edu

Responsibilities with the Recreational Sports & Fitness Department:
- Director of Activity Classes for Credit (ACT)
- Supervisor of Personal Fitness Services and Fitness Staff
- Serve as a Fitness Consultant and Personal Trainer when needed
- Supervisor of the Climbing Wall and employees
- Manage and direct the Instructional Programs

Education:
- Master's Degree from Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science, 2009
- Bachelor's Degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Business Administration and a Spanish minor, 2005

Experience
Abbey has been working at the Rec. Sports & Fitness Center since January 2010. She started as a personal trainer, then created the Instructional Program unit and is now in her current role as Assistant Director - adding Director of Personal Fitness, ACT courses, and Climbing Wall. Abbey loves working for the University and being able to collaborate with other campus departments - offering services/programs to all. In her free time, Abbey is very passionate about the outdoors and has worked for many outdoor adventure camps; well adept in guiding and leadership. Abbey is very involved in the soccer community and is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Bozeman Blitzz Soccer Club.

Certifications:
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2006
NIRSA Professional Member since 2011
Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
USSF "E" Licensed Soccer Coach

Wellness Philosophy: "Movement is Life!"

Other Interests:
Anything outdoors: especially skiing, backcountry skiing, hiking, and road/mountain biking. Abbey has played soccer all her life, including at the collegiate level. She currently plays in competitive soccer leagues.

Jocelyn Larson

Assistant Director of Personal Fitness,
Activity Classes for Credit, and Instructional Services,
ACSM Trainer

Tel: (406) 994-6278
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: Jocelyn.larson@montana.edu

Responsibilities with the Recreational Sports & Fitness Department:
- Assistant Director of Activity Classes for Credit (ACT)
- Assistant Supervisor of Personal Fitness Services and Fitness Staff
- Serve as a Fitness Consultant and Personal Trainer when needed
- Assistant Supervisor of the Climbing Wall and employees
- Assist in managing and directing Instructional Programs

Education:
- Master's Degree from University of New Hampshire-Education 2007
- Bachelor's Degree from University of New Hampshire Human Development, Psychology minor, 2006

Experience
I started out at MSU Recreational Sports and Fitness as a Certified Personal Trainer in August 2011, assisting patrons to meet their fitness goals. I then had to opportunity to become more involved with activity classes for credit, climbing wall, instructional programs and personal fitness services in my current role as Assistant Director of Personal Fitness Services July 2012. This position enables me to teach students about fitness, incorporating two things that I love, education and fitness. Working at MSU challenges me every day and encourage the next challenge to come my way!

Certifications:
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
Yoga Tune-Up Certified Instructor
Red Cross CPR/AED
Red Cross First Aid

Wellness Philosophy: "Physical fitness is a lifestyle"

Other Interests:
I love incorporating the outdoors and fitness. I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, fishing, day hikes, running, and any excuse to get my two black labs out!

Amy Bloemendal, MS

Director of Group Fitness

Tel: (406) 994-6316
Fax: (406) 994-6564
Email: abloemendal@montana.edu

Responsibilities with the Recreational Sports & Fitness Department:
- Supervisor of all Group Fitness Instructors & Rovers
- Develop and coordinate the semester-long Group Fitness & Pink Gloves Boxing Schedules

Education:
- Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology & Nutrition, Montana State University, 2012
- Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science, Minnesota State University, 2010

Experience
Amy has been with Recreational Sports and Fitness since the spring of 2011, where she was first hired as a Group Fitness instructor and personal trainer. Although she loved working with clients on a one-on-one basis, in the fall of 2013 she accepted the position of Director Group Fitness and is very much enjoying her more direct role in Group Fitness. This position allows her to interact with the MSU community, and it is a very rewarding experience for her. Health and fitness is an important part of her life and she is excited to be able to spread the vision of wellness through Group Fitness.

Certifications:
AFAA Primary Group Fitness Instructor
ACSM Health Fitness Specialist
American Red Cross CPR/AED Certified

Wellness Philosophy: "Health & wellness is a lifestyle that everyone can achieve in some way or another."

Other Interests:
Pink Gloves Boxing, empowering females through fitness, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, her 3 pets at home (3 year old border collie/shepherd mix, Kato and 3 cats - Roxy, Zulu, Guess), spending time with friends and family.