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PeterPeter Tulchinsky

Director
petert@olemiss.edu
662-915-5591

Peter hails from South Bend, Indiana, where he grew up in the shadow of the Golden Dome. He received a B.A. in English from his hometown school, the University of Notre Dame, and began his path in collegiate recreation as an intramural official. Peter served as the graduate assistant for intramural sports at the University of Tennessee, where he earned his M.S. in Sport Administration. After serving for one year as the assistant director, Peter was hired as the director of campus recreation at Elon University, a position he held for 15 years before transitioning to his current role at the University of Mississippi. Peter has placed significant emphasis throughout his career on team-building and helping students enhance their professional competencies. Now working on his Ed.D., Peter is focused on the continued development of the university’s recreation and wellness initiatives, including the construction of a new recreation center. Peter resides in Oxford with his wife and three children, where they can often be seen at university events or local recreational activities.


JasonJason Shirkey

Associate Director
jmshirke@olemiss.edu
662-915-5579

Jason was born and raised an Indiana Hoosier! He attended Indiana University before landing an internship at Ball State University, which then lead him to the NIRSA National Conference where his path directed him south to Ole Miss for graduate school. He received a B.S. in Recreational Sport Management from Indiana University and an M.A. in Recreation Administration from the University of Mississippi. Jason enjoys reading and listening to books by leadership expert John C. Maxwell. He has facilitated multiple Maxwell leadership training series for student staff and graduate assistants, most recently “Learning the 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player”, “Winning with People”, and “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”. Jason enjoys working with students and helping them with their personal leadership journey. When not at work or playing lunch time basketball with the faculty and staff, Jason can be found with his wife and two children enjoying time together, watching Ole Miss sports with friends, or playing tennis in the OCTA and USTA leagues.


ShannonShannon Richardson, Ph.D.

Assistant Director – Outdoors
shannonb@olemiss.edu
662-915-6736

Shannon was born in South Carolina, raised in Georgia, then moved west in 2004 – and she has called Oxford, Mississippi her home ever since.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Shannon began working for her alma mater in the recreational sports program, and soon realized her passion for health promotion and working with university students.  She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from North Georgia College (Now North Georgia University), an M.P.A. in Public Administration and Finance from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Mississippi.  Shannon loves the great outdoors and helping others “get out and live.” Shannon’s professional focuses are programming, assessment, and student professional development. Outside of work, she is involved with several ministries at her church, and she enjoys trail running and spending time with family and friends. Shannon is married to Hunter and they have two active children who keep them on their toes!


MarkMark Garneau

Assistant Director – Facility Operations
mgarneau@olemiss.edu
662-915-3472

Mark originally hails from Boston, and during his undergrad experience, his mentor helped him understand the career opportunities within collegiate recreation. Mark joined the University of Mississippi in 2004,  and he holds a B.A. in Legal Studies and History from the University of Lowell and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from William and Mary.  Mark has been a recreational and competitive swimmer his entire life, and he enjoys sharing that passion with others. When Mark is not competing in the 400 IM or 1650, he enjoys spending time with his family. Mark is married to Stephanie and they have five (yes five!) children – all under the age of 12.


Erin Erin Murphy-Cromeans

Assistant Director – Health Promotion
elmurphy@olemiss.edu
662-915-6543

Erin is a native Mississippian who joined the university first as a student, then she decided to plant her roots here in Oxford. She received a B.A. in Exercise Science, M.A. in Health Promotion, and M.A. in Nutrition and Hospitality Management all from the University of Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology with a focus in Health Behavior from the University of Mississippi. Erin’s passion is harm reduction approaches for substance abuse populations. Recently, Health Promotion became a program within Campus Recreation, and with this transition, Erin is excited to blend adventure and recreation with those student populations.  When Erin is not at work, she can be found with her husband and two children at a local sporting event, or depending on the time of year, duck hunting in the Mississippi Delta.


AmandaAmanda Alpert

Assistant Director – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
alalpert@olemiss.edu
662-915-7746

Amanda is from the great state of Michigan and moved to Mississippi in 2014, now calling Oxford home. She received a B.S. in Secondary Education majoring in Physical Education and minoring in School Health as well as received a M.A. in Sport Administration both from Central Michigan University. Fire Up Chips! She is currently an active member in NIRSA attending and presenting at conferences/workshops, serving on the NIRSA Championship Series Basketball Work Team, and enjoys traveling and volunteering at NCS Tournaments. Amanda strives to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to be active and build lasting relationships through sport. Her professional goal is to continue to offer inclusive programming and assist with integrating Unified Sports into campus recreation programs across the nation. When Amanda is not at work, she enjoys exploring Mississippi, getting outside and playing all types of sports, or having a relaxing Netflix night snuggled up with her two kitties.


Vacant

Assistant Director – Fitness

Bio coming once position is filled.

 

 

 


Taja Hereford

Coordinator of Student Wellness
hereford@olemiss.edu
662-915-3459

Taja was born and raised in America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin! She received her B.A. from Beloit College in Health and Society. After completing her degree, she ventured to South Carolina to pursue a graduate degree in public health at the University of South Carolina. Though she remains a mid-westerner in heart, the south has become Taja’s new home as she has transitioned to Mississippi to be a part of Health Promotion team at Ole Miss! When not at work you can find Taja enjoying time with friends and family, talking about Walking Dead theories, and looking up prank videos on YouTube.


Toya Toya Heard

Operations Supervisor
toya@olemiss.edu
662-915-1128

Toya is from San Jose, California and she completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Mississippi. After living in multiple states, she returned to Oxford and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Higher Education.  As Operations Supervisor, Toya loves to create a welcoming atmosphere for students and patrons while keeping the department moving administratively. Toya also serves as co-chair of the Core Values Committee within Student Affairs. When she’s not working or studying, Toya stays busy with her husband and three children.


Rhonda Rhonda Tompkins

Operations Supervisor
tompkins@olemiss.edu
662-915-6543

Rhonda is a native of Oxford, Mississippi and a graduate of Oxford High School. Rhonda received her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University in 1995. Rhonda started her Ole Miss career in 2005 working with Employee Health. She was asked to join the Office of Health Promotion a year later.  They say home is where the heart is and Rhonda’s is in Oxford, home of the Ole Miss Rebels – HOTTY TODDY!  Rhonda enjoys Ole Miss sports, especially football and baseball season. When she is not working she spends time with her beautiful daughter and her very close-knit circle of family and friends.


 JaclynJaclyn Falzarano

Campus Recreation Intern
jfalzara@olemiss.edu
662-915-2291

Jaclyn grew up in New Jersey and joined the university as a graduate assistant for Facility Operations with the Department of Campus Recreation. She received a B.S. in Business Management from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and received a M.A. in Recreation Administration at the University of Mississippi. Knowing how much campus recreation impacted her life, Jaclyn serves to “pay it forward” to college students by promoting a fun yet developmental work environment. When Jaclyn is not at work, she can be found working out, traveling, fishing, spending time with her twin sister, or tanning at the Jersey Shore.


Caroline Caroline Mashburn

Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
ccmashbu@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-7799

Caroline was born and raised in the great town of Johns Creek, Georgia. She received a B.A . in Recreation Administration and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. Four years at Ole Miss just wasn’t enough for her, as she had decided to continue her education at Ole Miss by pursuing a Masters degree. Caroline has worked in campus recreation for 4 years, while simultaneously playing on the Ole Miss Women’s Club Lacrosse Team and frequently participating in intramural sports. Through her passion for collegiate sports and student development, Caroline has become an active member in NIRSA, where she has attended and presented at several conferences/workshops, and served on tournament staff committees. When she is not working or studying, she can be found rooting for her Atlanta-based sports teams, eating somewhere on The Square, or travelling back home to play with her two puppies, Sophie and Charlie!


Nathan Ferdinand

Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
nferdina@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-7799

Nathan is originally from Hilliard, Ohio, born and raised as a Buckeye in the shadow of The Ohio State University, where he received a B.A. in History with a minor in Geography in the spring of 2017.  He decided to expand his horizons and move down South to Ole Miss, where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration.  Nathan’s love for campus recreation was spurred by his career as a baseball, basketball, and football official.  Through NIRSA, he officiated several regional flag football and basketball tournaments, as well as the 2015 and 2017 NIRSA National Flag Football tournaments, and the 2017 NIRSA National Basketball tournament.  His interests outside of campus rec include Ohio State and Cleveland sports, Star Wars, The Office, and outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing.


OliviaOlivia Raxter

Graduate Assistant – Aquatics
oaraxter@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-1897

Olivia quite literally HAILs from the state of Michigan. She has recently graduated from the University of Michigan with her bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology Cognition and Neuroscience and is currently pursuing a Masters of Recreation Administration degree at Ole Miss. She has been competitively swimming and lifeguarding for over ten years as well as having had experience with club sports and facility operations. Outside of work Olivia can be found planting new terrariums, planning her next trip abroad, or binge watching Doctor Who.

 


Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

David Selzer

Graduate Assistant – Fitness
daselzer@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-7572

David grew up in a charming little town called Lindsay, Oklahoma.  He earned a B.S. in Health Education and Promotion from Oklahoma State University and is now pursuing his Masters at the University of Mississippi. He has worked in campus recreation for 3 years and plans to pursue a career in collegiate recreation. He is an active member in the NIRSA attending regional and national conferences, seeking out opportunities to further his health and fitness knowledge. In his spare time, David likes trying new fitness movements, reading comic books, watching movies, and TV shows.


Vacant

Graduate Assistant – Fitness

Bio coming once position is filled.

 


Vacant

Graduate Assistant – Facility Operations

Bio coming once position is filled.


Courtney BossongCourtney Bossong

Graduate Assistant – Facility Operations
ctbosson@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-5575

Courtney was born and raised in Watseka Illinois, where there is nothing but cornfields and a Wal-Mart.  She received her B.A.A from Central Michigan University majoring in Family Studies with a minor in Recreation, Parks and Leisures.  Fire Up Chips! She spent four years working in campus recreation and is continuing her love for it as she pursues a master’s degree in Recreation Administration here at Ole Miss.  She is passionate about NIRSA and student development and is looking forward to working with the students on campus.  When she’s not working or studying, you can find her watching the Chicago Bears, Netflix, or the Bachelorette/Bachelor.  Courtney loves hanging with her family, friends, and dog when she has the opportunity to be with them, exploring the outdoors, and listening to country music, oh and eating! She loves meeting and talking to new people so feel free to stop and say hi!


Francis LiawFrancis Liaw

Graduate Assistant – Outdoors
fliaw@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-5597

Francis peaked at birth; weighing in at 13 lbs, he shattered the hospital record and entered the world with the title of being the largest baby born in Ponce, Puerto Rico – yes, his poor mother. From there it has been a windy road with various detours to Ole Miss, which includes growing up and frolicking in the swamps of New Jersey, working at a Hedge Fund in New York City for over a decade, one time 80’s dance competition winner, and returning back to school to earn a B.A. in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. Here at Ole Miss, Francis looks to complete a Masters in Higher Education while at the same time soaking up the culture and experience of Southern living. Besides long walks on the beach and picking wild flowers in high alpine meadows, he can be found exploring the outdoors in some capacity or celebrating the end of an adventure with friends and family.


Alison Walker

Alison Walker

Graduate Assistant – Outdoors
awalker8@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-5597

Alison hails from the Peach State (aka the Goober State) and joined Ole Miss Outdoors as a graduate assistant in May 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University in 2016. Alison is currently pursuing a Masters in Parks and Recreation Administration. Her love for the outdoors has led her to be involved in everything from teaching environmental education to leading adventure trips to facilitating challenge course experiences. Alison plans on finding ways to allow everyone to enjoy being outside, especially at the South Campus Rail Trail and the Rebel Challenge Course. One of her favorite quotes is “living la vida local” and you are most likely to spot Alison flat water kayaking or playing with her Australian Shepherd, Kyzer.


MarcieCarrie Loveless

Graduate Assistant – RebelADE
cloveles@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-3472

Carrie was born and raised in Western Maryland. The moment she could, she headed for the sunshine state where she attend The University of Central Florida and received her B.S. in Pre-Clinical Health Sciences. Following her undergraduate degree Carrie worked as an Educational Leadership Consultant for Alpha Xi Delta Women’s Fraternity where she was able to visit over 30 universities and colleges to work with collegiate members! She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel and has an interest in student leadership development. Outside of graduate school and RebelADE Carrie is training for her first full marathon, loves all things Maryland sports, Netflix watching and  online shopping (because she misses Target)!


MarcieMarcie Redding

Graduate Assistant – RebelADE
mkubacki@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-3472

Marcie is from the Blues city of Memphis, TN. After commuting for two years, she and her husband decided to move down to the beautiful city of Oxford. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at High Point University in North Carolina. This past May, she received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Ole Miss and passed the exam to become a Nationally Certified Counselor. While working on her Master’s, she discovered her love for Play Therapy and providing counseling for children. This led to her having the crazy idea of tacking on yet another year of school. She is currently pursuing her Educational Specialist degree in Play Therapy. When she’s not in the CR office or Play Therapy clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs.


Vacant

Graduate Assistant – Health Promotion

Bio coming once position is filled.


Paige DelvendahlPaige Delvendahl

Graduate Assistant – Marketing
lpdelven@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-5575

Paige is a small town girl from Cunningham, Tennessee. She received a B.S. in Marketing from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While studying she devoted her time to Campus Recreation and Greek Life. Paige had the amazing opportunity to study abroad and hold an internship in China, learning the ins and outs of international marketing. She was blessed with mentors on campus that helped her find a passion for working with college students. Paige is currently pursuing a M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel. After graduation, she hopes to incorporate her student development skills with marketing in the sports or recreation field. She enjoys time spent with family and friends on the lake or out and about. You can take the girl out of Tennessee but you can’t take the Tennessee out of the girl (GO VOLS!).