Campus Recreation


The mission of Campus Recreation is to provide recreational programs and facilities to the University community with an emphasis on meeting student needs. The services offered provide life-enhancing, recreational opportunities for the physical, mental, and social interests of the individual. Campus Recreation takes pride in providing students, faculty, and staff with an opportunity to balance work and recreation through a variety of programs, services, and facilities.

Meet the Campus Recreation Professional Staff

Milly MacDonell

Milly MacDonell, Director
Milly is from Atlantic Beach, Florida. She earned her BS in Biology from Mississippi University for Women, and her MS in Sports Management from Western Illinois University. Milly also did graduate studies in Exercise Science at Wake Forest University. She has been in Campus Recreation for 16 years, nine of which have been at Western. Milly loves having a positive impact on so many students' lives, in particular, the mentoring of the employees and Grads. In her spare time, she likes golfing, walking with her golden retriever and best pal, Reilly.

Judy Yeast

Judy Yeast, Associate Director
Judy and her husband, Steve, have two daughters, Melissa and Ashley, and one son, Michael. Judy finished her Ph.D. in parenting this summer with her son Michael’s wedding to Elizabeth Van Meter (WIU—BS'07 and MS'09). Judy continues to stay active with the University along with the State of Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. She was presented with their service award in 2011. Students think her favorite color is pink, but it is actually green. However, she continues to promote Big Pink Volleyball, which is now being played at 21 other universities and colleges across the United States and Canada.

Nick Knowles

Nick Knowles, Director of Facility Management and Sport Clubs
Nick is a Macomb native. He served in the United States Marine Corp from 1994 until 1998. He is a WIU alumnus and earned his bachelor’s degree in RPTA in 2002 and his master’s in RPTA in 2007. Nick started working in Campus Recreation in 2007. Nick enjoys working in a fun environment and learning from student employees and student leaders. Next to spending time with his wife, Liz, (WIU ’03), daughter, Reagan, and son, Jack, Nick likes to golf, lift weights and watch WWE Raw.

Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath, Director of Aquatics and Outdoor Pursuits
From Cincinnati, Ohio, Pat earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Coaching in 2009 at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. In 2011, he received his master’s in Sport Management here at Western and worked at Campus Recreation as our Sport Clubs graduate assistant. Pat enjoys helping students relax and enjoy new experiences. His hobbies include whitewater rafting, kayaking and lacrosse, but he claims he cannot live without milk and cookies. Pat was recently named to the Fort Lewis College Men's Lacrosse Club Hall of Fame in Colorado.

Kelley Popkin

Kelley Kenady, Director of Fitness Services
Raised in Mendon, Illinois, Kelley earned her master’s in Wellness Promotion and Fitness Management from Western Illinois University. Kelley is the proud mother of a very active son and a beautiful daughter. She is passionate about Olympic lifting, running, and weight lifting and says she could not live without her Asics running shoes, which she puts to use on a daily basis. Kelley also enjoys reading in her spare time.

Dustin Van Sloten

Dustin Van Sloten, Director of Intramural Sports and Student Development
Dustin received his BS in Recreation and Leisure Services from the University of Northern Iowa, and his MS from WIU in Sports Management. Dustin lives in Macomb with his wife, Katie, their three cats and two dogs. Dustin enjoys working for Campus Recreation because he is passionate about helping the students learn and grow through participating and working in our programs.

Alan Arvin

Alan Arvin, Manager of Sports Facilities
Alan began working at Campus Recreation in July 2012. He had been the Intercollegiate Athletic Equipment Specialist for Leatherneck football since 2007. Alan has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Construction Technology from Southeastern Community College. 

Marsha Grotts

Marsha Grotts, Facility Manager
Marsha has been with Campus Recreation for almost two years, but ten years total with Western Illinois University. Her hometown is North Platte, Nebraska, but she was raised in Denver, Colorado.  Marsha entered the Army in 1977, and proudly served as a medical specialist for seven years. Marsha has two sons and two grandsons would find it very hard to live without any of them. She enjoys working at the Spencer Student Recreation Center because of it is a lively, fun place where the majority of the people come to de-stress and maintain a great positive attitude toward fitness and life.

Julie Terstriep

Julie Terstriep, Business Manager
Julie lives on a farm near Industry, Illinois and graduated from Macomb High School. She earned her BA from Western Illinois University in 1988. After working in Campus Recreation for 17 years, Julie earned an MS in RPTA in 2013. Julie and her husband, Steve (WIU ’78), have a son, Erik (WIU ’07) and daughter, Leigh (WIU ’10) and son-in-law Scott Bickerman (WIU '09). When she is not working with students, Julie is an IHSA Certified Volleyball Official and Clinician. In her spare time, she likes to pursue genealogy.

Connie Van Dyke

Connie Van Dyke, Assistant Facilities Manager
Born and raised in Ipava, Illinois, Connie has worked at Western Illinois University for 25 years, the last nine years in Campus Recreation. She has an Associate's Degree in Secretarial Science. All three of Connie's sons and both of her daughter-in-laws are WIU alumni! She also has two granddaughters and a grandson to spoil. Connie is a real people person: she enjoys working with students and says she cannot live without spending time with her family and friends. When she is not busy gardening, Connie can be seen on campus at musicals and concerts, football and basketball games.

Jody Zscheck

Jody Zscheck, Graphic Design Associate
Jody has worked in Campus Recreation since 2006, first as office support and more recently as a graphic designer. Jody earned an associate’s degree in Architectural Technology in 1978 and her first bachelors from Western Illinois University in 2004, while raising three children with her husband, Steve. She received her second bachelors from Western in Graphic Communications in the fall of 2013. Next to her colleagues, the student employees in Campus Recreation, and the students of Western, Jody enjoys the creative side of her job the most.

. . . and our Graduate Assistants!

Facility Management Graduate Assistants

Jeffery Lindsey

Hometown:  Bolingbrook, IL
Undergraduate Education: Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work: Sport Management

Patrick Thomas
Hometown:  Macomb, Illinois
Undergraduate Education:  Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work:  Sport Management

Kristi Tschudin Kristi Tschudin

Hometown:  Swansea, IL
Undergraduate Education:  Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work:  Sport Management




Sport Clubs Graduate Assistants

Tiara Cash

Tiara Cash
Hometown:  Memphis, Tennessee
Undergraduate Education: Arizona State University, B.S. in Exercise & Wellness
Current Graduate Work: Kinesiology, Fitness & Health Management, Exercise Physiology
Tell us something interesting about your family: My grandfather, Lee Calhoun, was the head coach for WIU Track & Field from 1980 to 1989. My WIU roots run deep.

Fitness Services Graduate Assistants

Alaina DiGiorgioAlaina DiGiorgio
Hometown:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Undergraduate Education:  Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work:  Wellness Promotion & Fitness Management




Alyssa GaudreaultAlyssa Gaudreault
Hometown: Leominster, Massachusetts
Undergraduate Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Current Graduate Work: Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration




Fitness Services Wellness & Facility Management Graduate Assistant

Austin Hetzer

Austin Hetzer
Hometown: Roodhouse, Illinois
Undergraduate Education: Western Illinois University, B.S. in Exercise Science
Current Graduate Work: Kinesiology, Strength & Conditioning
What do you like to do in your spare time? Play all kinds of sports, especially basketball. I can make it rain from 3 point land.

Rec Events Graduate Assistant

Matthew Schaeffer
Hometown: Lohman, MO
Undergraduate Education: Truman State University
Current Graduate Work: Sport Management

Rec Events & Student Development Graduate Assistant

Leslie Ducay
Hometown:  Covington, Washington
Undergraduate Education:  Pacific Lutheran University
Current Graduate Work:  College Student Personnel

Intramural Sports Graduate Assistants

Scott Poulos
Hometown:  Batavia, Ilinois
Undergraduate Education: Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work:   Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Stephanie Nielsen
Hometown:  Greenwich, Connecticut
Undergraduate Education:  James Madison University
Current Graduate Work: Sport Management

Brandon De Cook
Hometown: Pleasantville, Iowa
Undergraduate Education: Simpson College
Current Graduate Work: Sport Management

Outdoor Pursuits Graduate Assistant

Austin PearsonAustin Pearson
Hometown:  Rockford, Illinois
Undergraduate Education:  Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work:  Strength & Conditioning and Human Movement Performance




Outdoor Pursuits & Facility Management Graduate Assistant

Jesse SheetsJesse Sheets
Hometown:  Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
Undergraduate Education:  University of Alberta
Current Graduate Work:  RPTA





Multimedia Marketing & Aquatics Graduate Assistant

Kyle RandolphKyle Randolph
Hometown: Manitou Springs, Colorado
Undergraduate Education: Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work: MBA




Golf Course Graduate Assistant

Jacob Scheitlin
Hometown:  Mediaopolis, Iowa
Undergraduate Education:  Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work:  Kinesiology


Contact Info

Campus Recreation
Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center, 200A
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Office: (309) 298-1228
Front Desk: (309) 298-2797
Fax Number: (309) 298-3224