CENTERS employees have been recognized both internally and externally for their experience, knowledge, work ethic, leadership and more.

Our people are driven by a passion for collegiate recreation and a commitment to innovation that extend beyond the facility’s walls. With each new campus where we partner, we invest in the continued development of our professionals so we are certain to become more impactful as the firm matures. The result is an incomparable list of achievements that showcases our respected presence within the industry and our engagement within the campus environment.

Below is a comprehensive list of our employees’ awards and recognitions since 2006:

The Quest for X Award is an internal award that recognizes employees who consistently portray CENTERS essential attitudes and employee attributes on a daily basis. This is demonstrated through their outstanding accomplishments, commitment, or service as well as for bringing an overall excitement and awareness to their fellow co-workers’ contributions. Below is a list of the recipients of the award:

  • Stephanie Punda, 2021
  • Sabrina Wilson, 2021
  • Greg Ross, 2020
  • Veronica Tantoco, 2020
  • Gabriella Miceli, 2020
  • James Crumpler, 2019
  • Don Sanders, 2019
  • Ken Wolters, 2018
  • Feva David, 2018
  • Julie Ray, 2018
  • Mike Schneider, 2018
  • PJ Gustafson, 2017
  • Keith Hernstrom, 2017
  • Matt Schmiedl, 2017
  • Gale Stewart, 2017
  • Maureen McGonagle, 2016
  • Sean Ries, 2016
  • Jeff Sessine, 2016
  • Seneca Wilson, 2016

NIRSA – Horace Moody Award

  • Sarah Hardin, 2014
  • Maureen McGonagle, 2008

NIRSA – J. Michael Dunn Endowed Scholarship Recipient

  • Mallori Edginton, 2019
  • Veronica Tantoco, 2018
  • Henry Knejfl, 2015
  • Katie Bible, 2012
  • Katie Bible, 2010

NIRSA – Foundation Scholarship Recipients

  • Michelle Rieger, 2019
  • Veronica Tantoco, Jennifer R. de-Vries Scholarship Recipient, 2018
  • Katie Bible, 2012

Maureen McGonagle

  • NIRSA Honor Award Recipient, 2015

NIRSA Regional Award of Merit

  • Sarah Hardin, 2014
  • Jeff Sessine, 2013
  • Maureen McGonagle, 1997

IIRSA Service Award Winner

  • John Washo, 2015
  • Scott Vandermoon, 2013
  • Maureen McGonagle, 2010
  • Maureen McGonagle, 2009
  • Sarah Hardin, 2005

ORSA Student Lead On Will M. Holsberry State Workshop Scholarship Winner

  • Henry Knejfl, 2015
  • John Washo, 2014
  • Henry Knejfl, 2014
  • Katie Bible, 2011

DePaul University – Women of Spirt and Action Honoree

  • Stephanie Punda, 2020
  • Leanne Surmin, 2019
  • Maureen McGonagle, 2012

Melissa Albers

  • NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation Level 1 Scholarship, 2019
  • MidWest FitFest Professional Scholarship, 2015
  • ORSA New Professional Scholarship, 2015
  • ORSA New Professional Scholarship, 2014

Craig Decker

  • University of Florida Art Sandeen Outstanding New Professional, 2013

Sarah Hardin

  • DePaul University Co-Curricular Student Learning Assessment Outcomes Award: Best in Show, 2019
  • Southeast MO St. University, Student Affairs Award for Faculty Service to Students, 2004

Bob Holub

  • Recipient, ORSA Conference Scholarship, 2008, 2009

Henry Knejfl

  • UAB Student Affairs Employee of the Month – August 2018

Maureen McGonagle

  • DePaul Facility Operations “Person of the Year,” 2011
  • DePaul Student Affairs Valuable Partner Recognition, 2010

Stephanie Punda

  • DePaul University, Co-Curricular Student Learning Assessment Outcomes Award: Best in Show, 2019
  • SIU Recreational Sports and Services, J. Michael Dunn Leadership Award, 2016

Michelle Rieger

  • Cleveland State University Golden Apple Award for impacting students, 2016

Greg Ross

  • Kent State University Recreational Services Alumni Award Recipient, 2014
  • Received the Distinguished Service Award for Excellence for Resource Management from the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Kent State University, 2006

Veronica Tantoco

  • SIU Recreational Sports and Services William and Dorothy Bleyer Outstanding Graduate Assistant Scholarship Recipient, 2018
  • Region III Student Lead On, Illinois Scholarship Recipient, 2017

Scott Vandermoon

  • First-Year Program and New Student and Family Engagement Recognitions, 2013

125,177 ELIGIBLE STUDENT MEMBERS
15,267 NON-STUDENT MEMBERS
16,030 VISITS PER DAY
2,473,120 ANNUAL VISITS
18,726 ANNUAL GROUP FITNESS CLASSES
128 ANNUAL SPORT CLUBS
135 ANNUAL INTRAMURAL SPORTS
10,113 ANNUAL PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS