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Fall 2018 Staff

Campus Recreation Staff

The professional staff within Campus Recreation are here to assist you. Our staff are student-centered professionals with expertise in providing effective services to MSU Denver’s diverse students.


headshot of Director Diane Yee

Diane Yee
Director of Campus Recreation


303.615.1383



dyee1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
108C

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Diane Yee joined MSU Denver in October 2017 as the Director of Campus Recreation after a 5-year stint in New York City as the Athletics and Recreation Director at The New School.  To begin her TNS career, she organized a school-wide campaign to elect a mascot to represent all seven colleges within the university. The Narwhals were born, unifying the TNS community and gave its students a shared identity that reinforced school pride. After two years at the helm, she doubled fitness class offerings, tripled sports programs and increased outdoor adventure participation by 700%. As an independent athletic program, unaffiliated with any leagues or conferences, Diane created the Northeast Art School Basketball Invitational (NASBI) in 2014 so that art schools in a similar situation (Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design) had a championship to call their own. In 2016, TNS took home the championship in the 3rd Annual NASBI, defeating neighborhood rival Cooper Union at Brown University in Providence, RI. With a passion for increasing employee engagement, she also worked with Human Resources and established the highly anticipated annual Staff Development Day and monthly Lunch Buddies program.

Prior to her time with the Narwhals, Diane was the Director of Campus Recreation Services at Drew University (Madison, NJ) where she was responsible for managing the 110,000 square-foot multi-purpose athletics center and the programs within it. Her favorite program she implemented was the Quidditch Cup; a popular, annual tournament of the game featured in Harry Potter. As the Intramural and Facility Coordinator at Brown University, Diane improved the intramural program integrity and increased participation from 300 to 550+ teams across 22 sport leagues. She was also the founder of the Rhode Island Quahog Classic (est. 2009) which invited the intramural flag football, soccer, volleyball basketball, and softball championship teams from Providence College, University of Rhode Island, Bryant University, Roger Williams University, and Brown University to compete in a state-wide extramural tournament for the chance to be earn the state champions title.

Diane received her BS in Business Administration from The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ) in 2005 and immediately went on to earned her MS in Sports Management from West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV) in 2006. As a student, she was highly involved with campus recreation, partaking in club volleyball, intramural softball, and extramural flag football while working as the intramural and club sport supervisor. The benefits she gained through participation and employment is what drove Diane towards a career in collegiate recreation. She believes that campus recreation is much more than fun and games. It’s an opportunity to increase recruitment, retention, community, holistic well-being and personal/professional development for students. A life-long resident of the east coast, Diane is excited to live the Colorado lifestyle. She enjoys Spikeball, volleyball, snowboarding, rock climbing, tennis, table tennis and the occasional game night.



headshot of Associate Director Bryan Ferguson

Bryan Ferguson
Associate Director of Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership Programs


303.615.1347



bfergus3@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
002

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Bryan Ferguson has been involved in teaching, teambuilding and leadership development in higher education since1993. During that time, Bryan led more than 200 rock climbing clinics teaching over 1000 students how to rock climb. He led 24 (and counting) consecutive ice climbing trips to Ouray resulting in over 1100 ice climbing days for Auraria students. He led 13 trips on Kokopelli’s Trail, 14 canoe trips on the Ruby Horse Thief section of the Colorado River, Bryan has led more than 40 trips to Moab for hiking, biking and canyoneering. It was not uncommon for Bryan to spend as many as 30 nights either camping or in hotels facilitating trips each year. Under his leadership, the OP program typically runs more than 150 events each year serving two to three thousand students. Bryan has worked with many campus administrators and faculty members to develop and lead teambuilding and leadership activities over the years.

Bryan expresses that a fundamental value of outdoor education is that it serves outcomes of student leadership development through sharing knowledge and encouraging students to pursue their own path in teaching and learning in the outdoors. Over two hundred students have benefited from employment in leadership positions in OP.

Bryan has taken classes within the community college system. He holds a baccalaureate degree from MSU Denver and a Master of Arts degree from the CU Denver School of Education.

Bryan’s past and present certifications include Emergency Medical Technician (State and National Registries), First Responder (CDOT), Wilderness First Responder, Level III Avalanche Forecaster (Professional Avalanche Worker), Lifeguard, Sports Safety Training, First Aid Mountaineering Module, Schwinn Cycling Instructor, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.



headshot of Associate Director Louis Morphew

Louie Morphew
Associate Director of Fitness and Facility Operations


303.615.1394



lmorphe1@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
108D

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Louie Morphew started working at Campus Recreation @ Auraria in August, 2005.  During his time at Campus Recreation, Louie has supervised informal recreation, facility operations, adaptive fitness, personal training and CPR course instruction.  Louie has over 18 years’ experience in higher education including stints at Indiana State University as a graduate assistant, Arapahoe Community College as adjunct faculty and MSU Denver. 

Louie holds certifications through the National Strength Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer.   He is also a certified CPR instructor through the American Red Cross.  Louie is actively involved in the National Intramural Rec Sports Association and has been a presenter at both the Region V conference and the Colorado/Wyoming state workshop. 

Louie graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a master’s degree from Indiana State University in Adult Fitness.  He lives in Centennial, Colorado with his wife Sissy and two sons Marcus and Landon.



headshot of Assistant Director David Lamothe

David Lamothe
Assistant Director of Recreation and Leadership


303.615.1349



dlamothe@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
108B

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Born in the San Francisco bay area, David Lamothe moved to Golden, CO in 1994. He graduated from Mullen High School in south Denver in 2000 and then moved to Seattle, WA to begin a life of rock climbing and backpacking while exploring the mountains, rain forests, and ocean beaches of the Pacific Northwest. Most of his days were spent recreating outdoors and playing music whenever he had the chance.

Returning to Golden, CO in 2003, Dave enrolled in the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program at Red Rocks Community College specializing in Mountaineering Skills. At about the same time, he joined a nationally touring Irish folk-punk band and continued to explore the urban jungles of the U.S., coast to coast, between studying and attending classes.

After earning his Associate’s Degree from Red Rocks Community College in 2007, Dave transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver where he enrolled in the Recreation Professions program in the school of Professional Studies, focused on Recreation Management. He began working as a student-employee with Campus Recreation at Auraria in the Outdoor Adventure Center and spent the next three years honing his guiding skills, planning outings, and facilitating team building events with various groups of students, faculty, and staff of the Auraria Campus community.

After graduating from MSU Denver in 2010, Dave worked on RTD’s West Light Rail line to Golden as an environmental and stormwater inspector until he returned to MSU Denver as a full-time administrator working once again with Campus Recreation at Auraria. Dave accepted the full-time position of Outdoor Leadership and Intramural Sports Specialist and is honored to have the opportunity to give back to the students of the Auraria Campus and MSU Denver.



Jordan Morgan

Jordan Morgan
Facility Operations and Marketing Specialist


303-605-7146



jmorga76@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
108E

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Jordan Morgan comes from Orlando, Florida and joined MSU Denver in June 2019.  He received his BS in Human Communication in 2016 and his MS in Higher Education in 2019, both from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Jordan spent his first few years in college working as a Customer Service attendant and a Building Manager, before pursuing a career in campus recreation.

From 2013-2019, Jordan gained experience from many different fields within campus recreation. He has worked in facility operations, customer service, sporting events, aquatics, intramurals, club sports, outdoor adventure trips, high ropes courses, and youth camps. Jordan has also spent time teaching college courses, CPR/First Aid and team development seminars. Some of Jordan’s certifications include Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid/AED, and CPR/First Aid/AED instructor through the American Red Cross. He is also a member of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

Jordan has a passion for student development and wellness. He is also an advocate for how sport and recreation can impact healthy lifestyles. Some of Jordan’s interests include sports, college football, hiking, running, gardening, and binge watching YouTube. A few fun facts are that Jordan played the tenor saxophone for 9 years and is unstoppable at Super Smash Brothers on the N64.



Image of Sandra Carter wearing a climbing helmet and sunglasses

Sandra Carter
Sandra Carter


303-605-5203



scarte20@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Temporary

Office Location:
PE

Office Number:
002C

Campus Box Number:
31

Directory Profile

Bio:

Outdoor Pursuits Assistant Program Coordinator

Sandra Carter has an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from the Community College of Denver, a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education from Western Colorado University and is currently working on a master's degree in social work at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

From 2006 to 2009, Sandra was student staff member for the Outdoor Pursuits Center (OPC) at MSU Denver where she started her outdoor career. Then she moved onto Western and began working at the Wilderness Pursuits Center on their campus. After graduating from Western, she worked for Outward Bound Leadville and the At-Risk program in Alabama and Florida; camp counselor, logistics coordinator and unit director for YMCA Summer Camps; was an assistant teacher in Kindergarten Special Education classes at  the Stephen Night Center of Early Education; and Direct Care Counselor at Urban Peak youth homeless shelter in Denver, CO.

From 2016-2017 Sandra spent nine months in Nepal where she taught English and mountain guiding skills. She also trekked to the Everest Base Camp and explored the Longtong region. During this time she came to realize that she wanted to go back to school to get a master’s degree in social work (MSW) so she could help combat human trafficking in Nepal.

After being accepted into the MSW program at MSU Denver, Sandra immediately went back to work in the OPC as Assistant Program Coordinator. Sandra’s specialties are teaching the hard skills involved climbing, hiking and other outdoor sports, but her focus at OPC is developing interpersonal relationships centered on student success. She manages downtown excursions through the CityScape program, leadership development through the Pathfinder program and helps Dave Lamothe with teambuilding events through the Adventure Leadership Program.

Sandra’s past and present certifications include Wilderness First Responder from WMI, High Ropes Instructor, Master Educator for Leave No Trace, Swiftwater Rescue Training from the American Canoe Association and Avalanche level I and II Training from Western.  



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