Take 5 With Jennifer Jarvis of the AU Recreation and Wellness Center
Originally posted on Auburn University’s Site.
Take 5 With…
Director of Campus Recreation
Divison of Student Affair
Jennifer Jarvis is the director of Campus Recreation in the Division of Student Affairs and is a graduate of Auburn University, where she lettered in three sports: basketball, volleyball and softball. She later earned her master’s degree in physical education from Troy University. In her spare time, Jarvis enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as traveling. She also enjoys cooking and knitting sweaters for her friends.
1. What have the students’ efforts meant to the Recreation and Wellness Center project?
I can tell you that without the students this project would not be a reality. They have been at the table throughout every phase. This project got off the ground because of former Student Government Association President Lauren Hayes’ leadership. The great thing is that former and current SGA presidents Jacob Watkins, Kurt Sasser, Kirby Turnage and Owen Parrish have been a huge part of this project. There was also a commitment by the entire Auburn student body to leave Auburn a better place by passing the referendum for the Recreation and Wellness Center. It took a complete buy-in from everyone, including our Board of Trustees and administration.
2. What can you tell us about the new facility?
Although I am excited for the students, I am just as excited for our faculty and staff to utilize the new Recreation and Wellness Center. We are currently offering a reduced membership rate through Dec. 10, and I hope everyone will visit the website at www.auburn.edu/campusrec to sign up early. The building is going to have a 1/3-mile corkscrew track, outdoor recreation, leisure and activity pool that features a climbing wall, a golf simulator, a 50-foot climbing wall and bouldering wall, lockers and more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment, and these are just a few of the amenities. I cannot wait to open the doors because our students, faculty and staff are in for a huge surprise. I promise there is not any way to describe how awesome this building is going to be and I cannot wait until the end of next spring! I know this building is going to help us reach our goal to be the healthiest and most fit campus in the country!
3. What is your favorite part of your job?
I can say, without a doubt, it is the relationships. I love working with students, and we have the brightest and best students at Auburn. The past five years have been incredible because I work with the best staff in the country, work for the best people and work at the best university. The new Recreation and Wellness project has given me the opportunity to work with some great and talented people within the university. I’ve also been able to work with the great team at Robins and Morton, which happens to have the best project managers in the country, and the amazingly talented team at 360 Architecture. We told the team at 360 that we do not have to have the biggest Recreation and Wellness Center, but we do want the best, and they have delivered. I can honestly say I think I have the best job at Auburn!
4. You travel a good bit personally. Where have you traveled recently and where would like to visit?
I love to travel! I have been very blessed this past year to have been able to travel to Beaver Creek, Colo., Puerto Rico, Tampa and Martha’s Vineyard. For me, traveling is like Christmas every day. I have made some lifelong memories at every destination.
I would love to visit Italy, Africa, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and the Pacific Northwest. Oh, and all the National Parks! I could easily name 10 to 100 more spots for sure.
5. What was your experience as an Auburn student-athlete like?
I am very proud to be a former Auburn student-athlete. I had great coaches and teammates, and I made lifelong friends. I learned so many life lessons and have so many fond memories.