students share kudos in Facility Team Leader award
Courtney Guhl, a senior psychology major, and Lawrence
Lobpries, an MBA student, are two very different individuals.
Guhl loves children and is looking to go to graduate school
to become a family counselor. Lobpries has a wife and
a daughter, who is nearly 2 years old, and works every
day and night. It seems that they dont have anything
in common but they are sharing the Facility Team Leader
of the Year Award from the department of Campus Recreation.
The department of Campus Recreation annually gives out
awards to the outstanding student employee in each program
area including intramural sports, athletics, outdoor recreation,
sport clubs and facility, said Mary Ellen Milam, associate
director of Campus Recreation. The team leader award is
usually given to one individual in the facility program;
however, this year, Guhl and Lobpries will share it, Milam
said. They are outstanding leaders but they are
also outstanding human beings, she said.
Lobpries brings a level of maturity and responsibility
to the department, Milam said.
Others strive to be like him, and they tremendously
respect his work ethics, she said.
Guhl brings a sense of caring and devotion to the staff
members, Milan said.
She truly cares about them as people, and not just
getting a job done, she said.
Lobpries works full time in a marketing department at
Radioshack, which is helping him financially go to business
school. He will graduate in May with an MBA degree.
Every day he goes to work in the morning and class in
the evening. On the weekends, he works at Campus Recreation.
When asked what he does in free time, Lobpries laughed.
In my free time? Sleep, he said. He also enjoys
exercise and golf, he said.
Even though its sometimes difficult not to be tired,
Lobpries said, the best part of working at the Recreation
Center is meeting new people all the time.
He said he is not any different from other staff members.
Guhl started working at the Rec Center the first day of
her freshman year. She said she likes the people.
People are really fun to work with, she said.
Its a really relaxed atmosphere.
She is volunteering at Pascal High School with its pregnancy
prevention program, Guhl said. She is also a part-time
teacher at Hilltop Montessori School, where she works
with 2-year-olds, she said.
After graduating this May with a degree in psychology,
Guhl said, she is planning to take a year off and work
for a nonprofit organization to do counseling. Then she
wants to go to a graduate school to study family therapy,
Facility team leaders supervise all the other staff members,
Milam said, and they are responsible for everything that
happens in the facility.
Its a reward to be promoted into that position,
Currently, there are 12 facility team leaders in the program,
seven of whom were eligible for the award. Students working
under facility team leaders were allowed to vote for a
winner based on the individuals service to
others, ethical character, responsibility, dependability
and all other aspects significant to the success of the
facility team leader position and the department of Campus
This really is recognition from other staff members
so it really makes it special, Milam said.
student Lawrence Lobpries (left) and senior psychology
major Courtney Guhl (right) will share the Facility
Team Leader of the Year Award from the Campus Recreation