Awards and Recreation Advisory Committee
Zesiger Member of the Month
Congrats to Dimitrios Pantazis for being April's Member of the Month!
Where are you from originally?
How long have you been working out?
What, or who, is your inspiration(s) for your dedication to health and fitness?
Everybody should join getfit. Keep pushing Constantine!
What do you like best about working out at the Z Center?
Friendly and cozy environment.
What do you like to do at the Z Center (Cardio/strength train/classes/combo of both)? What is your favorite workout/exercise/machine?
Cardio, I am addicted to the AMT machines!
What are your fitness goals for the next 6 months? Year?
Run a marathon. Ok, I am just joking, but then again you never know. I want to be an active and energetic person and forget the sedentary life.
Alumni / Wang Member of the Month
February 2013: Larissa Sasgen
Congratulations to Larissa Sasgen on being the Member of the Month for February 2013! Here at the Alumni Pool & Wang Fitness Center, the members are what keep us running. Thanks to members like Larissa, we are lucky enough to have members dedicated to fitness and wellness and we are proud to be Larissa’s first choice facility!
Originally from Lake Villa, Illinois, Larissa moved to Boston to pursue her life’s passion in music. While getting into her rhythm here in the Boston area, Larissa has been consistently working out since the GetFit season of 2011.
When we asked Larissa what inspired her to pursue a lifestyle revolving around fitness and wellness, she had a one-of-a-kind of story, “My biggest inspiration to regain then maintain a high level of fitness happened when I noticed that my butt started to be the shape of the desk chair I sat in all day. In all seriousness, I saw some of my family’s health issues and the very real fact that I might inherit them if I didn’t work to keep the body I have in good shape.”
Larissa comes to the A/W Fitness Center multiple times a week and really likes being able to do just about any activity that helps her maintain her fitness. She truly takes advantage of all that DAPER has to offer by including swimming, lifting, running and other cardio activities into her workouts. Located in the center of campus near Larissa’s office is also a huge plus to her.
One of Larrisa’s favorite exercises helps her train for the MIT Rowing Club by using the erg machine (rowing machine) and playing some of the motivating games the machine offers – especially the fish game!
The Alumni Pool & Wang Fitness Center helps Larissa keep on track of reaching her fitness goals. In the next 6 months she would like to run a 5K followed by a 10K mid-summer and qualify for the Head of the Charles this fall with the MIT Rowing Club.
Larissa likes to rock climb and sail in addition to sailing
Larissa is a classical flautist and is a music teacher in her spare time
Larissa has been on a music tour every summer for the past 5 years! She has traveled to Scotland, Nova Scotia, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia. Her group just released their 8th album in 2011! Check them out at mcvfifesanddrums.org
Lifetime Fitness Award
The award is given out at the Alumni and Zesiger Anniversary celebration.
2012- Laurence Retman Young and Patricia Christie
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.
2012 Recipient-Jonathan Lyles
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.
2012 Recipient- Trish Fleming
Eager Beaver of the Term
Points awarded for positive performance throughout the term. Employees vote for their preference which is added to their accumulated points for the term. The person to hold the most points is awarded.
Whitney Meza has been teaching Yoga at MIT for a little over 3 years now. She is adored by her students and consistently has one of the largest classes each week. Recently, Whitney has also started personal training at MIT. Whitney is incredibly reliable and professional, she sets a great example for all staff. Congratulations Whitney on a very deserving award.
Congratulations Maggie Walker! Maggie has been awarded Member Services Eager Beaver by her peers and supervisors for the Fall 2012 semester. She is a freshman at MIT and puts just as much spirit into her work within the DAPER facilities as she does in her studies. Originally from Michigan, Maggie has enjoyed her first semester at MIT and in the greater Boston area. Maggie is a fast learner with an enthusiastic attitude about sports and fitness. She is known to be cheerful while helping all patrons and assisting with extra tasks and DAPER events. In her free time she likes to hang out with friends and play Ultimate Frisbee. Great job, Maggie!
Marissa is one of our senior guards; she has worked here for 4 years. She has built a great rapport with patrons as well as with co-workers on deck. Marissa is very diligent, task oriented and always willing to go above and beyond when asked. She maintains patron surveillance while enforcing safety facility rules.
Recreation Advisory Committee
|Tom Allen, Faculty
James (JC) Cheng, Alumnus
Rebecca (Becca) Hung, Alumnus
Justin Kaderka, Grad Student
|Emily E. Brown, UG Student
Steve Lyons, Friends of MIT Member
Todd Billings, Staff
Jonathan Lui, UG Student
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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