Campus Recreation

University of Mississippi

Meet the Campus Recreation Staff

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PeterPeter Tulchinsky, Ed.D.

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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. 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
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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 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. Jason enjoys working with students and helping them with their personal leadership journey as well as serving the university community as part of Staff Council. When not at work, Jason can be found coaching any and all of the activities his two kids participate in.  He and his wife Amy enjoy spending time with family and friends, serving at First Baptist church, and attending Ole Miss sporting events!

ShannonShannon Richardson, Ph.D.

Assistant Director – Outdoors
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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
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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!) wonderful children.

ErinErin Murphy-Cromeans

Assistant Director – Health Promotion
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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
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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.

CareyCarey Greenwood

Assistant Director – Fitness
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Carey is originally from Hendersonville, North Carolina, located in Western NC. She completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Recreation Management. Her love for the beach took her to Wilmington, NC, to complete her undergraduate degree at UNC Wilmington. Post undergrad, family connections lead her to Oxford to attain her master’s degree at Ole Miss. This is where she had her first experience in Campus Recreation, as an intern with Ole Miss Campus Recreation. Upon completing her master’s, she returned to NC and worked with the City of Hickory as a Senior Recreation Programmer for Fitness and Wellness. Missing the university recreation setting, Carey transitioned back into campus recreation as Fitness Coordinator at UNCW. Wanting to return to Oxford to be closer to family, the opportunity to move into the role of Assistant Director for Fitness worked out perfectly! During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ben, her family and friends, going shopping and being outdoors with her dog, Georgia. She enjoys trying new forms of exercise and learning creative ways to stay active. She also has a passion for teaching cycle, yoga and functional training classes and working with clients to help others reach their fitness and wellness goals. The only bad workout you can have is the one you never do!

TajaTaja Hereford

Coordinator of Student Wellness
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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.

JaclynJaclyn Falzarano

Coordinator of Marketing
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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, or spending time with her twin sister.

WendyWendy Carmean

Project Coordinator for RebelWell
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An Oxford native, Wendy received a BA in Art from The University of Mississippi. With a degree in hand, she set out for Nashville to begin a career in marketing and advertising. After a successful few years in Nashville at an energetic advertising agency, Wendy found herself back on the Oxford campus as the Assistant Director for Marketing for the Ole Miss Alumni Association. After a decade on campus building brand awareness, conducting market research and creating revenue growth in Alumni Affairs and then later in University Marketing, Wendy took her passion for wellness, partnered it with her love for marketing, communications and making good things happen- to become the project coordinator for RebelWell. RebelWell is a grant-funded, community wellness initiative dedicated to building a healthy Mississippi. Together with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, Rebelwell focuses on K-12 children, UM faculty/staff, UM Students and the greater LOU community to help provide proper education and opportunities to make healthier choices and create a healthier Mississippi. Wendy is married to Jay Carmean, originally from Caruthersville, MO and they have twin daughters Jane Reeves and Evelyn. Wendy, Jay and the girls enjoy traveling the globe, attending concerts, laughing at live comedy shows, watching HGTV renovation shows and serving as self-proclaimed BBQ and cinnamon roll aficionados.

Yvonne MoodyYvonne Moody

Operations Supervisor
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Yvonne was born and raised in Mississippi and has considered Oxford home for over 25 years. After attending Oxford High School, she graduated from The University of Mississippi in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology from the school of Liberal Arts.  When not working, she enjoys reading, watching her children play sports, and attending Ole Miss sporting events. Joining our staff in 2017, Yvonne looks forward to working with students and promoting our vision of The Flagship legacy at Campus Recreation. A fun fact about Yvonne, she lives in a house full of boys- her husband, 2 sons, and 3 cats!

RhondaRhonda Tompkins

Operations Supervisor
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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.

NathanNathan Ferdinand

Graduate Assistant – Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs
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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.

DanielDaniel Hill

Graduate Assistant – Aquatics
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Daniel is no stranger to North Mississippi. Raised in Booneville, MS, Daniel spent two years at Northeast Mississippi Community College before transferring to The Flagship – the University of Mississippi. He has a B.A. in history, and is somewhat of a history buff. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters in Higher Education/Student Personnel. He has two older brothers, whose footsteps he followed to come to Ole Miss, and a younger sister/best friend who is currently attending the university as well. An avid sports fan, Daniel can be found at almost any sports event on campus. When Daniel is not at work or in the library studying, he can be found enjoying a good book, scouring the internet, playing video games or hanging with family and friends. He loves meeting new people and making new friends, so strike up a conversation with him (he loves “dad jokes” and trivia questions).

 CourtneyCourtney Rorex

Graduate Assistant – Fitness
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Courtney comes to Ole Miss from the city of Austell, Georgia. She is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University where she received a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations. While studying at GSU, Courtney found her passion for health and exercise. She became a certified group fitness instructor in 2014 and Schwinn Cycling instructor in 2015. She enjoys teaching HIIT, cardio kickboxing, boot camp and cycling and will push you to be the best version of yourself in every class. When she isn’t in the gym, Courtney enjoys binge watching Netflix series, shopping and spending time with friends and family. While at Ole Miss, Courtney will be pursuing her Masters in Higher Education/Student Personnel. Upon graduation, Courtney plans to pursue a career in Campus Recreation or Admissions. She is excited to build relationships within the Ole Miss community and encourage the importance of health and wellness on campus. Hotty Toddy and Hail Southern!

 CarolineCaroline Ciell

Graduate Assistant – Facility Operations
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Caroline grew up on the shores Cocoa Beach, Florida. As the youngest of three she always loved chasing after her older brother and sister as they modeled the way to success. She values family, integrity, and accountability in addition to TEAM CR’s values and looks forward to learning from students, team members, and the Ole Miss community. Caroline started working for Campus Recreation at the University of Florida and quickly found her passion in the field of Student Affairs within recreation and additional involvement in Greek Life as a Recruitment Counselor. After earning a B.S. in Health Education she knew Ole Miss was the perfect fit for her to continue her growth in the realms of Campus Recreation and Higher Education. She is passionate about her NIRSA involvement, loves coffees, communicates using movie quotes, and is aggressively mediocre at most sports. Go Gators and Hotty Toddy!

 Megan Partacz

Graduate Assistant – Health Promotion
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Megan is from Buffalo, NY- and yes the chicken wings are the BEST! Megan started her journey heading down South but took a pit stop in Ashland, OH to obtain her B.S. of Science in Dietetics. Here at Ashland University, Megan worked in Campus Recreation for three years as a fitness instructor ending as the Lead GroupX Manager. Wanting to explore more, Megan continued her journey down South and ended up at Ole Miss and is working on her M.S in Food and Nutrition Services; specializing in Sports Nutrition. When Megan isn’t at work or focusing on school she loves to spend time on the water and indulge in Southern cuisine.

FaithFaith McCarty

Graduate Assistant – RebelADE
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Faith was born and raised in the small town of Terry, Mississippi. She received her B.S. in
Psychology from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. While studying at MC, she was involved in many organizations around campus including President of Laguna Social/Service Tribe and Student Director of Welcome Week. Though Faith attended Mississippi College for undergrad, she has always been a rebel at heart, and is excited to be attending The University of Mississippi. She is currently working towards her Masters in Mental Health Counseling, and she hopes to one day open her own practice. When Faith isn’t studying or working in the CR office, she enjoys spending time with her new husband and going back to her hometown to play with her niece and nephew.