Awards and Recreation Advisory Committee
Zesiger Member of the Month
Where are you originally from?
Ozone Park, New York
What is your career?
Director of MIT Technology Licensing Office
How long have you been swimming?
About 8 months (but I’ve been training with weights for about 15 years, the last five at Zesiger) I now alternate swimming and weight training.
What are your aquatic/swimming goals?
It was initially to swim 100 yards freestyle (to pass the MIT swim test at last, though I should have done it 50 years ago)—but I can now swim 250 yards freestyle and am aiming for 500. Real goals are (a) flexibility; (b) aerobic classes and (c) stop being ashamed of my poor swimming skills. As I’ve gotten older, I have to be more careful of joint damage, etc.; swimming is a safe sport.
What other fitness activities do you enjoy?
Weight training, hiking, brush clearing at our summer place.
What do you like to do for fun?
Traveling, cooking, reading—and now swimming
Who or what inspires you?
Betty Lou, who can teach ANYONE to swim.
What tip would you give to others who may be struggling with their fitness goals?
Find a good, patient teacher/trainer. And make regular appointments either with a trainer or a friend—so you’re obligated.
What is your favorite aspect of the Alumni or Zesiger Center?
Great trainers, enough space to work out, and great pools.
Alumni / Wang Member of the Month
Congratulations to the Alumni/Wang Members of the Month
Stijn Van de Vyver
Where are you from originally?
The beautiful country of Belgium – a country with great waffles and even better beer.
How long have you been working out?
I started exercising regularly in the beginning of the year. Before that, I used to do long distance running and marathons.
What, or who, is your inspiration?
Jean-Claude Van Damme. No, just kidding. I don't really need an inspiration when it comes to working out.
What are your fitness goals for the next 6 months and year?
My New Year's resolution was to gain weight and muscle mass. I think it will be a long term project though, as I have a very fast metabolism.
What do you like best about Alumni/Wang?
The facilities are excellent, the staff is awesome and it's close to my lab so it's easy to get a quick workout in after work.
What is your affiliation with MIT?
I am a postdoc.
What hobbies or interests do you have when you’re not at Alumni/Wang?
My hobbies are clubbing, cycling, snowboarding, and pretty much anything active.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Some people tell me I look like Tony Hawk. Still working on my “900”.
Lifetime Fitness Award
The award is given out at the Alumni and Zesiger Anniversary celebration.
2013- Christine Pizer
Aquatic Member of the Year
In recognition of dedication to the Aquatics program and contribution to the MIT Recreation. Presented annually, voted on by employees awarded at the Zesiger/Alumni Anniversary celebration.
2013 Recipient-Liz Barnes
Fitness Member of the Year
In recognition of contribution to MIT Recreation and dedication to health and wellness. Presented annually, voted on by employees and awarded at the Zesiger/Alumni Anniversary celebration.
2013 Recipient- Vicky Palay
Recreation Advisory Committee
|Tom Allen, Faculty
James (JC) Cheng, Alumnus
Alana Peters, Undergraduate
Cali Warner, Undergraduate
The purpose of the Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC) is to provide input and/or advice to DAPER Administration concerning facility operations, programs, and activities as they relate to Recreational Sports programs, informal recreation and DAPER membership services.
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