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WIN event features recreation news, networking opportunities

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When the Women’s Interaction Network (WIN) held its winter gathering March 3, the agenda included lunch and hearing about recreational sports from Corey Bitzer (photo), coordinator of recreation and wellness programs, and comments from Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry and recipient of this year’s Cleo Tanner Award for outstanding contributions. Since assuming the new coordinator position in fall 2009, Bitzer has initiated myriad recreational sports for students, faculty and staff, utilizing all athletic facilities. For the first time, 500 students have been engaged in recreational sports. During fall term, 34 intramural teams were formed, involving nearly 200 students, and some 120 students took part in structured open gym activities during D-Term. During winter term, 42 teams and 220 students have been involved in intramurals and 65 people participate each week in fitness classes. Bitzer’s goal is to provide a variety of sport and fitness opportunities that encourage active, healthy lifestyles. It’s important, she says, because recreation decreases stress, provides a sense of community, and increases energy, productivity and strength for those involved. For students, recreation also increases academic success, leadership opportunities and overall satisfaction with college life. To learn more about the many programs, activities and schedules, visit http://northcentralcardinals.com/recsports. Bitzer also welcomes your ideas and suggestions; email clbitzer@noctrl.edu. Peterson talked briefly about her involvement with students, saying she makes an effort to find out what activities her students are involved in and interests they have. If they’re part of an athletic team, musical group or theatre production, she makes sure she attends at least one of their events. She also helps her students navigate and manage their time and responsibilities when the demands of academics and extra-curricular activities often converge. She encouraged the 25 women in attendance to find an area of campus life that interests them and get involved. WIN is a campus organization that promotes networking among faculty, staff, administrators and students to foster a sense of community and to engage in dialogue around issues of interest to its membership. All events are open to the campus community.