April 2012 Archives

Professional Development Presentations

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Honestly I went into these presentations expecting to be bored and hear a lot of the same things. But I was presently surprised. There was a lot of diversity in what people did. It was interesting to see what kind of fields kinesiology students are planning on going into. I especially enjoyed hearing about people who shadowed coaches as that is one of my areas of interest. Occasionally I feel like I do a lot of work coaching a 9th grade baseball team. But I am just on the ground floor of coaching work. It is time consuming and unless you make it big time it probably does not compensate fairly with the time required. Some people really went all out and committed more time than the minimum 8 hours and that probably is a good measuring stick to how much they enjoy their prospective career (although class schedule probably played a part with that too).

The presentations were diverse, informative, interesting, and in some cases funny. People were creative in how they put their experience together and many in the class asked good questions. The whole experience was beneficial to me both in my own project and in learning about other people's projects

PD Presentations

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Throughout all of the presentations I learned a lot about the many different careers and jobs in sports. For example, I never knew how much work actually went into being a football coach at a division I university. I knew that the head coach would obviously be a very stressful job but I never imagined that some of the position coaches and coordinators often work up to 20 hour days during the season. I was very surprised to learn that information and all of the sacrifice that goes into their jobs. As a quarterbacks coach I would think that during the season you may have 10 to 12 hour days but I never imagined that someone would work multiple 20 hour days. Football especially seems to be the sport in which the coaches and players commit the most time. It was also very interesting to learn about how many of the coaches got the jobs they currently hold. The presentation today the 25th about a sport coordinator in Australia was incredibly interesting. i have always wondered what the high school dynamics and sports life are in other countries. Australia from what I heard seems to be very similar to the United States in that they offer a large variety of sports for everyone to participate. Their structure also seemed very similar to us here in the states with each state of Australia broken up into regions and then those regions have their high schools and teams. I think that the variety of different job shadows and presentations gave me a good insight into many of the jobs and fields that I may have never considered or known much about. This project as a whole was a great experience for me and in my own experience reassured me of what I want to do after graduation. These presentations were very interesting and something that was definitely beneficial I think to everyone in the class.

What I Learned

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I think the coolest thing that I witnessed while watching all the professional development presentations was how much passion everyone had about their project. I liked how big of a variety of professions were covered. It's interesting hearing what everyone wants to do with their lives. One thing that was mentioned in most of the presentations was the importance of networking. I believe this to be true in any career, not just in those pertaining to athletics. As a prospective teacher, it is important for me to network among teachers and parents and administration.



The presentations have all been informative and interesting. The flexibility of the project allowed everyone to do something that they enjoy and are more than likely looking to do in the future.
Many people were very informative and the information shared was interesting and learned a lot about the various careers that people within the class were looking to get into. getting an indepth looks behind the scenes of these jobs was the neat part.
For the marketing part of Gopher sports, the networking and extensive communication further exceeded what I would have expected. For training, while being on the football field it was interesting to hear about the injuries that they deal with on a daily bases and the life of a highschool coach and teacher was a project that i could completely relate to. Being that I am going to school to become a physical education teacher and coach I would love to some day be in the same position as that teacher.

Career Learning

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The presentations that have taken place over the last three class periods have shown the range of interests people within our class have for future careers. One thing that stood out that I also noticed in my own job shadowing experience was the amount of communication involved in many careers. A lot of people spoke about the constant flow of emails and phone messages that must be responded to and that it is quite a time consuming process. Because so much communication is involved, its essential for us to develop these skills and to be able to work with a variety of people.
Another skill that is important to the success of many of the careers was to be able to have a range of abilities. For example, being a high school or college coach doesn't just involve coaching. You must be able to budget, plan training and match schedules and recruit, just to name a few!
These presentations have taught me that even if you think you know what you want to do, its essential to seek out experiences that will allow you to find out more. This can help you gain the knowledge needed to help you decide what career is for you.

What have I learned?

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Over the past three class periods I have heard many presentations about my fellow classmates and their professional development projects. Something that struck me was the amount of coaches and teachers that are in the class, and how the majority of those want to do both. It speaks to the quality of the high school coaches that we have that the students would want to follow in their footsteps and teach/coach high school student-athletes. Most people shadowed someone close to them, someone they were familiar with. This level of familiarity added to the comfort level of everyone, and allowed them to get the full benefit of the experience. I know it helped me a lot to be comfortable with the person that I was shadowing, and I think it allowed both of us to be more candid when having certain discussions.

Overall my takeaway from this experience and from listening to everyone's presentations is that we all want to help people, if not teaching and coaching then in some sort of medical profession. We have all had good experiences and mentors growing up, and now we all gained experience from those people and that will help us become the people that we want to be down the road. We want to give back and help young people by taking our experience and knowledge, and passing it down to the younger generation so they can have the same types of experiences that we all had.

Developing...like a professional


Professional development--and development in general--is a beautiful thing. I've experienced immeasurable personal growth simply through hearing my classmates talk about their experiences.

I appreciated that pretty much everyone found their own niche and corresponding person to follow. Prior to these presentations, I did not know the cost of a customized knee brace, why the Rec Center egg hunt was a struggle, or how much time goes into being a high school teacher-coach.

The other nice thing was getting some more career options. And it's great to know that if I ever want to find out more about a particular job or position, I can just shadow someone. Although I wonder how well that would work if I just emailed a random person...I guess I'll have to find out...next winter...

This project has inspired me to contact the city of Minneapolis so that I may learn what it's like to drive a snowplow! DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE!

Professional Development

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It is very interesting to hear what future careers students are interested in. There is a surprising amount of students that want to be teachers. It was also surprising to me that I am one of the few people who wants to work on the business side of sports. The most popular occupations seem to be teaching and coaching. For those that want to teach/coach high school, I am curious which one propels the other. Do students choose teaching as their major because ideally they want to coach high school sports? Or do they want to be a high school teacher and look at coaching as a fun job on the side? The careers in the this class differ significantly from many of my other classes. In those classes, almost everyone wants to work in the front office or be a coach of a professional team. Here, the majority of students want to work/coach at a high school level.

I liked hearing all the different career options. I had never thought of Recreation Programming as a career in sport management until a classmate's presentation. It would be a fun career, as it combines sports and event planning. For those students who chose something like physical therapy, the career decision was often a result of a student's injury and their experiences with the treatment that followed.

I think what most students took away from this project was how much they learned about the day-to-day activities of the jobs, especially from a business/administrative side. While there was a varying level of paperwork that came with each job, it was still understood that paperwork is necessary. However, part of the appeal of working in sports is that it is not your typical desk job. In general, people in class all want to have a job that allows for direct interaction with others.

Now Trending

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From listening to my classmates present their projects, there are a number of common themes that have been prevalent. Mainly, each classmate has done their respective project with someone familiar to them. Either someone from their past or someone they currently have a relationship with. Many classmates also chose to stick within their specific environment, for example jobs, or sports teams. The next main take-away point is that the majority of classmates have expressed a sense of happiness upon completion of this project. I would assume that because most everyone chose to shadow someone from their prospective field of work that the sense of happiness is a good thing, and it shows that everyone is happy with the choice they have made to pursue a specific career. Lastly another trend that each presentation has shown is personal experience. It seems that each person had had some personal experience that happened in their life that lead them to make a greater connection with their specific job shadow.

Eye Openers

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The past few classes of presentations we had have been great. It has been very interesting seeing everyone go through different experiences with the activities they do so consistently and enjoyably. I think that the most important thing in which I have learned from all of the different presentations is the training and full understanding to which it takes to prepare for a job. These professional development projects should help us to understand whether or not we will actually enjoy these activities as an every day job for the rest of our lives. One of the biggest aspects of training that I noticed keeps popping up is the broad base of networking. Today's economy consistently uses the motto "it's not what you know, but who you know." This motto can be argued but I think it has a lot to do with how our society has evolved. Overall despite the learning experiences for homework of the project it was also very enjoyable doing a project that was fun to perform.

So little time, so much to do

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First and foremost, I want to point out the obvious. I learned the specific job titles and fields that people are trying to use this class to progress. From personal experience, I can take parts of my job and apply them to aspects we have learned in class; I feel as if everyone else has been able to also apply these same lessons in their time shadowing.

Other than the most obvious, I have learned that there are so many areas that you can take a coaching type class' lessons. Some people might have to go an extra long time in more schooling in order to become their dream job while others have started now while in college. The road is so different for so many people and it is so weird to think of where you are in your journey and what lies ahead of you compared to the rest of the class.
Respecting everyone's dream is important because we are trying to boost these sports world jobs and I guess it starts with a presentation like this one.

The Key to Success

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While watching the presentations in class, I have noticed a few common themes. I have learned that in all of the presentations there have been some sort of networking involved as well as job shadowing. No matter which type of job the presentations have been focused on, just as physical therapists, coaches, athletic trainers, or managers of a sports facility, job shadowing has been a huge factor. When you have the opportunity to shadow someone in a field in which you are interested in working on, it opens your eyes up to the future. You are really able to learn and grow from the experience because you are most likely interested in the same career path as the one you are shadowing.

Also, while watching the presentations, I have learned that many jobs require similar skills and duties. Organization is a skill that has been mentioned in many of the presentations. In order to be successful and productive, it is very important that you are organized.

I thought that the Professional Development Project was a lot of fun and I learned a lot both from my experience and from others experience as well.

Coaches, Trainers, and Administrators, Oh My

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From watching our class professional development presentations, I have learned a lot more about the students in this class. I was surprised to see the wide variety of careers everyone is pursuing. I assumed a lot of people wanted to be PT's and/or coaches since this is a KIN class, but I was quite wrong. There are so many career goals, from coaches to teachers to sport administrators. It's nice to know that there is a wide variety of jobs available with a Kinesiology or Sport Management or Education major. It makes me not so worried about finding a job in my field in the event I don't get into grad school the first round. It's been enjoyable hearing about all the experiences people had. Everyone seems to have taken something meaningful from it; whether they found their passion or found something they definitely don't want to do. Most of the students did something in the sport world, which doesn't surprise me too much. I think most of the students in this class are or were at some time athletes and will always have a passion for sport and want to work in the sport world in the future.

I sure hope this isn't the last blog!


Coming into this class, I was under the impression that most everyone (with the exception of at least one) was taking it to fulfill a requirement for the coaching minor. What the presentations have taught me, however, is that the interests of our classmates are almost as broad as the topics we covered throughout the semester. What we have learned in class can be applied to a range of careers- from coaches to athletic trainers to neck and back specialists.

One of the most interesting parts of the presentations for me was hearing how different individuals got to the point that they are in their career. I found it interesting to see how some people have been to the "big" leagues in their career, and for whatever reason, are now involved with collegiate sports. Being able to hear these individuals' stories (albeit second-hand) helped to remind me that in the end, success is subjective. Regardless of the career that you are doing or the level you are at, as long as you enjoy what you do and perform it wholeheartedly, you've been successful.

For a different discussion on reaching success, try reading Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell.

Great Opportunities and Networking

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Throughout all of these presentations so far, I have really enjoyed them. There are many things that I liked about this project and presentations. First thing I like is that this project has opened our eyes and helped us broaden our horizons in order to reach out and try to pursue the career we are looking at to become. This has helped me open my eyes and see if I really want to pursue the coaching career. Another thing I have realized while watching these presentations is that these job shadows have created many networking opportunities for the future when we graduate and are actually looking for that job. This project has made us comfortable enough for us to be able to call our person we shadowed and maybe receive a job opportunity. Overall I feel that this project has done much more than we actually realize and will benefit all of us in the future.

Vast Opportunities

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All of our presentations for our professional development projects were interesting to hear. Whether it's volunteering with the Special Olympics, job shadowing physical therapists or sports administrators, or just one on one interviews, there are so many opportunities to gain experience and expertise in kinesiology. You can get hands-on experience or you can learn from people in positions you are pursuing. All of these options can give you a leg up when it comes to finding a job or even figuring out what you want to do for your career.

The projects in which people job shadowed or interviewed people in sports administrative positions was really enlightening as far as just how busy those jobs can be. From the outside it doesn't seem like people are doing all that much besides sitting in an office. We can now see from people's presentations that that definitely isn't true. It's important to know that, especially if you desire to be in a similar position someday. It's good to know what you'll be doing so you're not surprised when you're get a job later.

Professional Development: What Have I Learned?

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Over the past week or two I have listened to numerous Professional Development presentations. Almost everyone decided to go with the job shadowing route. I went this route myself as well. I believe it's a great way to figure out more about the field you want to get into. I found everyone's presentation very interesting because there were many areas of overlap. Multiple people job shadowed a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and various levels of coaches. While listening to the presentations I got a real look into how different these professionals are even though they may have the same job title. It opened my eyes that jobs can be done different ways. There may be a wrong way to do something, but there are many different right ways to get a job done.

Another thing that I noticed was the networking aspect of the project. Everyone seemed to stress the importance of networking and getting your name out into your desired field. I feel like everyone in the class knows how important this is for future jobs, but it's always helpful hearing about networking because there are always new things to learn about in the networking world.

Professional Development

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From doing this project myself and from learning from others as they have presented I've learned how important it is to start networking yourself now in your desired careers. Everyone mentioned somethings about how they have met so many people, and some gotten an in with places and plan to do more work with them. It just really signifies the importance of networking within the workplace. Especially in this day and age when just looking good on paper isn't good enough, you need to have connections to get you into an interview, and plenty of experience to show for it. I also learned that we all really enjoy what we're going to school for, and that we all learned that we'd love types of careers that we're interested in.

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

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As much as I love the game and love to coach, I have never played college ball or even been on a winning high school team, which makes me personally feel like I might not be qualified to coach others. How am I suppose to be a good coach when I have little experience and don't even know the feeling of winning and being successful? This is one of my biggest concerns with being a coaching minor, and I love to listen to the other presenters and learn what they believe is good enough to be qualified for the job, and where they see themselves because of their past. I find it really interesting the number of students that see themselves working at the college level and even the D1 level of sports and really want to make this their career, whereas I just love the game and love to coach and want to do it for fun and as a hobby. I am really into developing each individual athlete, so I wouldn't mind taking assistant coaching positions or off season coaching positions and let others be the head coach and use their big aspirations and qualifications to do what they want with the team, and I can focus on individuals and techniques and so on. I am a big believe in the saying "If they can do it, so can I" and/or "Anything you can do, I can do better", so what I have really taken away and learned from these presentations is that no one else seems to be having that doubt of "Am I qualified to be a coach?", which gives me the confidence that I can also be a great coach and do what I want to in my coaching career because if they can do it, then so can I, and maybe even better.

Learning to be a Professional at Everything

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There have been several different professions presented in class over the last week, everything from administrators and front office personnel to coaches at various levels of competition. I have enjoyed listening to the various presentations about coaching specifically. I have tried to pull bits and pieces from each presentation and incorporate the new ideas into the baseball team and practices that I am currently coaching. The plans and responsibilities have opened my eyes to some of the other responsibilities that coaches at different levels have and how they handle them.

I also have enjoyed listening to the presentations from people who shadowed various AD's and front office personnel because this is something that appeals to my interests. I love coaching and being active with the kids everyday, but I also like to be involved in the planning and organizing aspect of things. By listening to my classmates presentations I have been able to gain some insight into the different positions within an athletic organization and the responsibilities they have. Certain job titles tell exactly what a job entails, but others are more obscure and if I end up with a job offer from an organization I want to know what my title and subsequent responsibilities will be. The insight I am gaining now will provide me with background knowledge for the rest of my life and career.

Almost done

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The past few days of presentations I have learned a few things. First, is that almost everyone in the class wants to be a coach sometime in their life. Second, there has so far been no one inspiring to be a physical education teacher besides myself ( at least no one has done their project on it). And thirdly, is that a lot of people have had similar goals. These goals range from meeting a new professional contact to learning new coaching points to gaining more insight in their field of study. It has seamed like everyone so far has enjoyed doing this project and has learned a lot, and therefor it is a great final class project.

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During the basketball season I am in Williams Arena on a daily basis. Because of this I know where everything is, where the locker rooms are, where the laundry is, how to get from Williams Arena to the Sports Pavilion, where the loading dock is, etc. Many teams come in to the facility to play games, and they usually have no idea where they are going. There is one sign past the entryway saying which way to go for both gyms, but it is in a very dimly lit area, and most teams walk right past it and simply wander around until they find where they are going. Down in the locker room area, there are no signs directing teams to the locker room, to the training room, or to the court. A facility that has many different options as to where to go, and one that sees as many visiting teams as Williams Arena, should have a few signs directing people where to go. All of the activity spaces that Minnesota teams and other teams use are not very accessible in terms of signage, and it is difficult for the visiting teams to figure out where they should go, and it is something that I would like to see improvement on at Williams Arena in the future.

User-Friendly Facilities

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I think that part of the quote holds true for all facilities. Every facility, when you enter, has three or four important destinations that you are led to. However, they are not always accessible or visible. Our Rec Center, for example follows this for the most part. When you walk in, you see where you swipe your U-card, where you ask any membership questions, where you go to work out, and where you go to do homework. They are all visible the instant you walk in. My YMCA back home, on the other hand, is the opposite. When I walk in, I am led to the desk where I check in. From there, I can either walk left, walk right, or go down a set of stairs. Nothing is marked though. It is only because I have gone there my entire life that I know where to go. It is currently under construction and I pray that that is fixed, for the sake of newcomers. Facilities that do not follow the given quote are not user-friendly, which I would think detracts from business.


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The recreation center here at the University is a great example of this quote. I use the rec center frequently and as soon as you walk in past the check in you can see many places for activities. On the first floor there are multiple areas for racquetball/handball, working out or using elliptical machines. All of these places are easily accessible and not difficult to get to. The rec center is very open and everything inside is very visible. If you go up one flight of stairs you will probably notice the gyms on the top floor as well as another level of workout equipment. The first two floors are denoted to working out with weight equipment or running on the treadmill. The third floor is where the athletic gyms are located. All of these places are very easily visible and very accessible. The rec center is small for a university with the amount of students the U has but it is very well built. It fits this quote exactly and this is a building I use on a regular basis. This does not hold true for the house that I currently live in. The main door that most people use is on the side of the building and when you enter there are just rooms. There is not much of a entry way and there is no kitchen or main room that is visible. These buildings are much different but these are the two buildings I use most in my day to day life.

Facilities at Their Finest

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When walking into my apartment everything is very evident and blatantly obvious with the slightest help of common sense for facility amenities. The front entry way has a secured door/elevator for access to the garage. Before gaining access to the lobby another security door separates the entry room to the lobby. Within the lobby are both a receptionist leasing office to the right and an RA/Security desk straight ahead. To the left is furniture for lounging and waiting. Further in is a great community room that provides a full kitchen, televisions, fireplace, pool table, and lounging. So overall, yes the statement from the blog tends to hold true for the facilities I use most. Clear exit signs are hung with clear access to various areas. I think it is very important to have well structured buildings designed by contractors. Ease of access for individuals is one of the most important aspects in a building and if that cannot be accomplished then what really can while using the facility?

Some good, some bad

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Depending on the facility I use, the statement involving seeing three to four important destinations applies to only some of them. I would say that the majority of the facilities I walk into do not follow this statement. The Lifetime Fitness in Chanhassen does however. Right when you walk in, you can see signs posted for the locker rooms, a cafe to the right, a daycare center to the left, and above you is the open cardio equipment directing you to the fitness area. I believe they do a great job displaying four important destinations to their facility.

When walking into the Xcel Energy Center, there is little that you see that is an important destination. There are so many entrances into the building that it is hard to pinpoint important destinations in all of the entrances. There are signs that direct you to your seating and some that direct you towards the restrooms, however those aren't of that high of importance. The main stage or arena is blocked by walls or other barriers and there are no signs that state where each specific concession stand is; it could take a whole lap around the facility to find the ice cream stand!

Some facilities do a great job at displaying three to four important destinations right when you walk in the door, others do not do a good job at all!

Skewed Vision

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Depending on what building you are walking into will depend on what type of layout you are going to get. For me, walking into a University educational hall's will not give me the most important destinations in the building at first glance. You will be expected to find your own way around the building with the main class rooms not in direct sight or maybe there aren't even main class rooms. However, when you walk into business' such as the dentist office, the recreactional center, any restaurant, et cetera, they will provide you with the main four destinations that a person is looking for. Mostly there is a main desk with people to welcome you and answer your questions, there is a waiting area, there is restrooms, and there is hallways that lead you to other important destinations that the main person will lead you to. If I was not a student that went into classroom halls everyday, I would have said that yes, all building have the 3 or 4 main destinations of the building located at first sight when you walk in, however, because I am a student my view of this is skewed. I believe it all depends on what type of building you are walking into, and what the purpose of that building is as to what you will see upon entering.

Now you see it, Now you don't

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Relating to the statement about easily being able to spot three or four important destinations upon walking into a facility doesn't particularly apply to most places we walk into. Often times when you walk into a large facility, you enter through specific gates which lead you to the section of your seats. Or if the facility is a smaller one there is still usually only a few specific places to enter. These entrances are usually in position to secure the facility so not just anyone can walk in as they please. The problem with these designed entrances are that they take away from the three to four important destinations that should be visible, according to the quote. Although it would be nice to be able to walk into a facility and see the glorious amenities, I just don't think with the security reasons and other factors that the majority of facilities are able to adhere to this specific quote.

You can always spot a freshman student!

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As a freshman, you walk into a building and hope that they have a clear layout with big signs that will tell you exactly where your classroom is! However, as many of us can recall this is not the case! Generally you wander aimlessly until you find that little classroom that barely has it's numbers on the door. It is very noticeable for anyone to see that you're lost, and that you have never been in the building before. The layouts are never clear in the buildings on campus. Even the ones with signing can still be confusing and generally are not very clear! Therefore, you are always able to spot out the freshman who have no idea where they're going in Coffmann Union, or just around campus for that matter. Although, I'm convinced that as you grow older you just get better at disguising your aimless wanders, make it look like you wanted to be there, whereas freshman have no idea. that's what i do anyhow while i look for places that I'm trying to find!

Lifetime for Life

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I hate our Rec Center, so this past semester I decided to join Lifetime in Highland Park. It is a much smaller facility that a typical Lifetime, but this has many benefits. As you come down the stairs, you pass the Life Cafe and the Life Spa. The Life Cafe is conveniently located so that you must pass it on your way out. They always have a daily breakfast, smoothing, and entree special. The Life Spa would be ideal if I had more money, but I am already a broke college student paying for an expensive Lifetime membership.

Immediately upon walking in to the main facility, you see the Cycle Studio, the Group Fitness Studio, the Yoga Studio, and the Pilates Studio. All these rooms are right near the front desk. Directly pass the front desk is the child care area. I'm sure if I had children that would be quite nice. However, because I don't, I look ahead and can see the locker rooms on the left, the personal training and info desk on the right, and the workout area straight ahead. All the workout spaces, such as cardio machines, weight lifting machines, and the abs space, are all visible at the workout entrance.

As a new member at this particular Lifetime, it is very nice to be able to see all of the workout options before you even go into the locker room. It makes the first experience less nerve wracking and also personalizes the facility. I love the layout and the accessibility of everything, and I plan on being a lifetime member of Lifetime.

No Place Like Dome

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Practicing and playing all of our home games at the metrodome I utilize the facility on a daily basis. When you walk into the loading dock or players entrance there are no signs and no ways of knowing where you are going. When I was a freshmen it took me the entire year before I actually knew where each walk way lead. One walk way leads you to the field, another to locker rooms, you can get into the lobby area, or various meal rooms all from the main entrance depending on which way you go and what stair well you take. There is security in the parking lot as well as inside the doors, maybe for safety that they choose to have the metrodome be a confusing place to navigate. Not sure but there is limited amount of signs and therefore the metrodome does not in any way follow the quote provided.


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Knowing full well that I pay for a membership to the rec center on campus as part of my tuition, I still have a membership at my local YMCA which I use way more often. Since I am a commuter student living in the north suburbs it is more convenient for me. There are few things I like about the Y other than its location to my house, but I also do like the layout. You walk in and can see the pool area. There are meeting rooms and the kids center all out in the lobby area before you get to the front desk. Once you check in there are the locker rooms on the right. The basketball court is to the left and you go up the stairs to get into the workout room. It is simple and nothing is really hidden. If it is your first time, you might not know that the weight room is upstairs, but there are signs and everyone has the option (not sure if it is a requirement) of going through a brief orientation to acclimate to the building. It is second nature for me. I do not use the pool, but I know that it is right through the locker rooms. Part of the reason I have remained at the YMCA is because I know it, and it is set up for easy use. My issues with the Y are more the clientele during the times I go (too many kids-man i sound old and too many people who use equipment as lounges). But I have no problem with the layout and it seems much simpler and easier than the rec center or Lifetime fitness.

Love at First Sight

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From the moment you walk into the U of M's rec center, it's love. This has nothing to do with the facility. It has to do with the extremely good-looking, polo-wearing, card-swiping employee sitting behind the front desk. If you catch her on a day she is feeling friendly, she'll be wearing her nametag that reads... "Katie."

If you've never been to the rec before, the question that may follow "Can I have yo numba?" is "Where is everything?". That's because it's kinda difficult to see our facility's signature features from the entryway. Lucky for you, though, as a dutiful employee, I will call up the person in member services and request that they give you a tour. Even luckier for you, on any given Monday night, it is likely that Tommy Lopez will be the one providing the tour. He does accept tips, ladies and gentlemen.

Aside from finding your one stop shop for all of your rec center questions (Member Services counter, not the front desk... I don't actually have answers to...well...anything, really), it takes walking past the front desk to be able to see the activity spaces available. To your left is a weight room, to your right is a cardio area, and straight ahead is a study area (along with the remains of the delicious Courtside Cafe... may it RIP).

WIth that being said, I'd give the rec center a 3.5 star rating on a 5 star scale for matching the statement "...when you walk into a building you should quickly and easily be able to see three or four important destinations -- activity spaces that are unhidden and easily accessible, visually if not physically." It takes walking up/down stairs to see all the rec has to offer, but the basics are there upon entry.

I was going to use a Wayne quote but...

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Williams arena has 50 different entrances you can enter the building while also leave; I guess this is good if there is a fire drill. In any other case when you are entering the building, any entrance into Williams does not have the "be able to see three or four important destinations" rule. If you count having three or four different directions in which you can walk then this might apply but when it comes to having signage for each direction, Williams does not exactly pass the test (as soon as you walk in).
If you keep on walking and have just a little sense of direction, you will find that each room has a sign stating that it is either the women's bathroom, the men's bathroom, the trainer's room, etc. These are the obvious room markers. Past the initial opening of the door and walking into the building, depending on which door you take, there will be larger signs that point directions to the main rooms of the building.
As for the exact wording of being "quickly and easily able to see" this would not apply.

You Know What to Do

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For the facilities at Beirman, there are not many signs or maps on the wall telling you where everything is. When you walk into the facility, you walk into the hall of fame area, then there are stairs that go to the coaching offices and the weight room, or a hallway that goes to the locker room, the training room, and the football fields. There are really no signs that will point you in the right direction. I feel that our facility is like this because it is not open to the public, the only people who use the facilities are the staff, players, or former players. I don't think it is a big deal that Beirman does not relate to the facility quote because everybody has learned where the places are and it is second nature now when we walk in the building.

Time to go to Work

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Our football facility does not have any destinations for the most part. Once you walk into the indoor there is the football field and that's it, the same with the outdoor practice field. The weight room has a couple of the weight training staff offices, other than that its just the weight room and some coolers with muscle milk. Maybe because this stuff is only accessible to student athletes we don't have a desk or restrooms but I would definitely say that any facility we use does not have three or four destinations obvious destinations.

Every time I step up in the facility...


I've experienced numerous facilities in my day. I would like to think that my extensive knowledge of facilities somehow sets me apart from the general population, but deep down I know that this is not the case. When it comes to facilities expertise, I'm just an ordinary girl. It's probably going to take me a while to come to terms with that.

I did recently notice that every time I step up in the facility--any facility--everybody's hands go up. And they stay there. Since all I do is win. I was oblivious to this strange phenomenon at first because I was previously distracted by the three or four visible activity spaces in the immediate vicinity. Those important destinations get me every time.

Most facilities have some sort of front desk/processing place/information center. Beyond that it really depends on the type of facility. The University of Minnesota Recreation Center, for example, has racquetball courts, a super-chic study lobby, and fitness equipment within sight of the front desk. Visitors to Coffman Student Union, on the other hand, are usually rendered speechless as they gaze upon the information desk, sleek escalators, and lounge of sophistication for the first time.

So based on these two prime examples, facilities tend to share the same basic design of .
Of course, there are exceptions to this--there are ALWAYS exceptions. But for the sake of simplicity and concluding this bloggy blog in a prompt fashion, we can ignore those exceptions and generalize freely.

Public facilities tend to follow similar layouts, especially those dedicated to heath and athletics. The Rec. Center on campus and the park I work at are laid out similarly in certain respects. When you walk in to the park the first thing you see is the front desk, just like the Rec. There are open areas behind the desk so you can see the location of bathrooms and other meeting rooms that are often used. The gym is located straight across from the front desk and is easily visible once you walk into the building. There are also two "lounges" that are visible once you enter the park, one on either side of the building that can be used for relaxing and doing homework. In comparison to the Rec, there are similar spaces dedicated to study spaces and open areas. Both buildings are structurally built to have open spaces, which allow new people to look around the building and see where certain areas are without being told or shown "here are the bathrooms, here are the gyms, etc."


facility layout

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Right when I walk into my home Lifetime, the child care center is on my left; the spa is on my left; the cafe and front desk are straight ahead; and the pool is easily visible through large windows. If you walk a few more steps, the giant weight room and cardio area are right on the right as well. The Rec Center at UMN also is laid out where many activity spaces are easily visible. The multipurpose facility we used growing up was laid out with important destinations easily visible: hockey arena on the left and center, soccer fields and concessions on the right. I think it is important that people see multiple activity destinations when walking into facilities. This is the case for almost all facilities I can think of.

Where's the...

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Now that I think about it, I realize that a lot of facilities I use regularly do indeed have three or four different spaces in view. The Rec Center is a good example. When you walk through the doors you can instantly see the front desk area, a study area, and two separate work-out rooms just on the first floor. The Lifetime Fitness I used to go to also had that layout. You had the daycare area, the check in area, and the cafe within view of the front door. All of these were easily accessible. I have a harder time thinking of a facility that doesn't fit this criteria.

The Wreck

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The facility I use most would have to be the rec center on campus. When I first walk in it is easy to see the weight rooms on the first floor, but thats about it. As I go up a flight of stairs I can see more weight rooms on either side, but then I am bombarded with the ugly wall with the dumb drawings of what is to come for the rec expansion. The expansion will be great I'm sure, but I miss the view of the aquatic facility. When that view returns, then I can truly say that when I enter the facility I use most, I can see multiple activities going on. Things are fairly visible now, but I'm sure once expansion is complete, it will be much more impressive. Unfortunately I will have long since graduated when that finally happens.


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The biggest destination that you should see no matter the facility you go into is the front desk. This holds true for the facilities I use as I ma sure it holds true for all facilities that are around. However, besides the front desk the this statement doesn't necessarily hold true for the gym that I go to. When I walk in, after I check in at the front desk I initially see a spa, indoor swimming pool, golf center and cafe well before seeing the locker rooms, the main work out area & the available courts. I believe this has to do with the design and layout of the building in with what you will first see when you walk into the facility after the front desk, it is all about space and how the building is laid out.

"M" Symbolizes Minnesota

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Claire, Alex, Michelle, Mari

I could not figure out how to upload our pictures, but we took a picture of the "M" on the basketball court at Williams Arena.

The M represents Minnesota. It represents pride, Gopher spirit, athletics, and education. When people think of the M, they think of football games and tailgating. They think of Goldy and maroon and gold.They think of the rouser and the marching band. They think of possibilities in education, with the vast variety of majors, student clubs, and research positions. They think of a strong international presence, with students coming from all over the world to get an outstanding education.

Symbols in sports serve many different purposes. They are part of the culture in an organization. The stronger the presence of the symbol, the thicker the culture of the organization. These symbols represent the values of the organization and help to unify people both within the organization and among the members of the community. These symbols are often nationally and sometimes even internationally recognized. They create pride in and loyalty to the organization. Without symbols such as the M and Goldy here at the University of Minnesota, the student body as one entity would not be as strong. These unifying symbols provide something that everyone can relate to, leading to the overall success of the organization.jpg

Cultural Symbols Within Sport

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Shelby, K-anna, Kaylee

Goldy is a very prominent symbol throughout Minnesota. Goldy represents the University of Minnesota. When you see Goldy, you think of his push-ups during football games, his "Spin-Your-Head" chant, and all the other goofy things he does. Even if our sports aren't doing the best, Goldy pumps fans up and keeps them coming back to games. Everybody loves Goldy. Goldy can come to your wedding, your birthday party, or any other special event.

In addition to Goldy, maroon and gold represent Minnesota. Everyone from Minnesota owns a piece of maroon and gold clothing. As a college culture, there is always a sea or maroon and gold because it represents that we are rooting for our team. Goldy represents the University of Minnesota's values and abides by them in everything he does. Goldy is a role model to many and someone that people can look up to.

Sport Symbolism

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-Our picture is a group photo of a soccer team. We thought that the significance of this photo was to show how important a team can be to an individual. Symbols are everywhere and most importantly have meaning to the base of our every day endeavors. The school of Kinesiology is an academic community that revolves our lives around movement and staying physically active. The photo shows how (as a group) everyday experiences are working towards one goal, but in the long run it's all about group collaboration and learning hands-on skills by interacting with others with problem solving skills as well.

Justin Perkins, Brian McMahon, Troy Beckman, Kevin Kray, AJ Knapp

Shiny Gold Statues

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Jody, Nikki, Caroline


We chose a picture of a trophy because a huge value in our culture is winning. A trophy is one of the most prominent symbols of success in sport. People desire a tangible representation of their win. Sport organizations spend tons of money on making trophies, just to be able to display them to everyone. The bigger the trophy, the bigger the win, and the more bragging rights you achieve.

'M' and Tags

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The Minnesota "M" is one of the most widely used symbols for the University. It is the symbol used for every sports team and is even the symbol for the M Club. Which is the alumni who lettered in their tenure at the university. The 'M' is a symbol that unites not only sport teams but also the university as a whole. It represents what the university stands for.
Also the bag tag as a whole is a symbol. It's much simpler but it still has meaning. The tag is specific to each team and is a way for other people on campus to see which people are athletes. Also wearing the bag tag means that the athlete has promised to represent the university in a certain way and that is symbolic in itself.
The tag and the 'M' both are symbols that each represent a culture on this campus.Football Tag.jpg

The Olympic Culture

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Travis Seubert
Jordan Nelson
Ed Olson

Our assignment was to find a symbol somewhere in the Cooke building that represents a sport organization and its affect on culture. Our group found a picture of the 2000 men's gymnastics Olympic team just to the left when you walk into the building. We chose this picture because the Olympics is the pinnacle of sport where many nations come together to compete in various sports, and at the same time put aside their differences to do so. The medals are a very important symbol because they are symbolic for athletic achievement, and it's a competition between nations to see who can receive the most medals or medal count. The Olympic logo is a perfect symbol for the event because the rings are intertwined with each other just like the nations are coming together to compete against one another. We weren't able to upload the picture from our phone to the blog so instead we have attached a link to a similar photo that we found online.

The Culture of Winning (Or Losing)

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Tommy, Natalie, Peta, Katie, Kayla


Our symbol reflects the emphasis placed on coaches to win. When choosing a team, this often results in decisions being made based on an athlete's ability relative to the sport rather than other factors such as good looks, a great sense of humor, or their ability to positively contribute to a team's camaraderie. On competitive sports teams, cuts are often made to create a team that the coach views will best help reach what is expected of them... winning.

The 'W'

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Will the gender equality issues ever end? Probably not.
ESPN could very well be the greatest sport media company of all time. They cover almost all sports and they do it well. However even they have gender inequality issues. ESPN versus ESPNW; their female counterpart. That 'w' holds a lot of weight. Just like any sports workplace gender inequality is a problem. While it is true that men and women have a great amount of differences that affect leadership I do think that there are ways that can be solved. In the sports field we can create positions that utilize the different characteristics of males and females in order to create a better work environment. We can even create co-positions that allow us to utilize the different characteristics and leadership styles to help decide what is best.

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