Campus Recreation

Campus Rec staff photo in front of the rec center.


The mission of Campus Recreation provides life-enhancing, recreational opportunities through the promotion of active lifestyle, personal growth, and experiential learning. We provide life balance with recreation.

Meet the Campus Recreation Professional Staff

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.

Nick Knowles

Nick Knowles
Director of Campus Recreation

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 began working at 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.

Brian Thomas

Brian Thomas
Associate Director, Fitness Services & Intramural Sports

Brian earned his BS in Exercise Science ('11) and MS in Kinesiology ('13) from Western Illinois University. Before coming to Campus Recreation in January 2018, he worked as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer at the YMCA of McDonough County. He lives in Macomb with his fiance, Brandi, son, Sawyer, and daughter, Sydni. Brian loves being in an environment where people work collectively toward the shared vision of providing the best possible services and programs for our students. He particularly enjoys teaching, mentoring, and helping student workers to learn, grow, and excel. When he is not working or spending time with his family, Brian enjoys working out, listening to music of all kinds, and spending time outdoorswhenever possible.

Fall 2021 Facility Management Graduate Assistants

Michaela Thompson
Current Graduate Work: RPTA

Jason Baker
Current Graduate Work: Sport Management

Sable Icenogle
Current Graduate Work:  Psychology

Logan Mozena
Current Graduate Work: Sports Management

Warren Pearson
Current Graduate Work:  Public Safety Administration

Fall 2021 Fitness Services Graduate Assistant:

Avery Hamm
Current Graduate Work: Psychology

Fall 2021 Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs Graduate Assistants

Colton Spaur
Current Graduate Work: RPTA

Carissa Tinsley
Current Graduate Work: Sports Management