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Graduate Assistants


Briana BakerBriana Baker

Graduate Assistant for Open Recreation

B.A. psychology, Northern Illinois University, May 2012

M.S.ED in Clinical mental health counseling, Northern Illinois University, August 2015

Briana is responsible for assisting in the overall administration and management of the Open Recreation program (service counter operations, equipment issue, fitness room operations, facility supervision, satellite facility operations, and programming) including staff training, program development, risk management, supervision, assessment, and marketing.

Favorite form of exercise: Working out or doing fitness classes

What do you do for fun: ride my dirt bikes, travel, anything adventurous

Originally from: Bartlett, Illinois

Why NIU: I went here for my undergrad and loved the faculty. I knew how in depth this counseling program was and how amazing the faculty were as well, so this was my number one choice.

Favorite NIU Tradition: Homecoming week

bbaker@niu.edu

815-753-9594


Robert BostickRobert Bostick

Graduate Assistant for Open Recreation

B.S. Human Resource Leadership Development, Louisiana State University

M.S.Ed High Education Student Affairs, Northern Illinois University, May  2015

Robert is responsible for assisting in the overall administration and management of the Open Recreation program (service counter operations, equipment issue, fitness room operations, facility supervision, satellite facility operations, and programming) including staff training, program development, risk management, supervision, assessment, and marketing.

Favorite form of exercise: Swimming, hiking, and paddling

Last book you read: Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

Originally from: New Orleans, LA

Why NIU: I decided to come to NIU because I was offered an amazing opportunity to work with students at Campus Recreation while working on my Masters in Higher Education Student Affairs

rbostick1@niu.edu

815-753-9360


Matt HarrisMatt Harris

Graduate Assistant for Business Operations

B.S. Economics, Northern Illinois University, May 2005

M.S. Sport Management, Northern Illinois University, May 2011

M.S. Leadership Masters of Accounting Science (L.M.A.S.), Northern Illinois University, May 2014

Matt is in his first year as a Business Operations Graduate Assistant at NIU. Matt has previously worked in accounting positions for four years before pursuing a Master's degree in accounting. Matt has previously worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the KNPE Department and has interned with a professional baseball team and a country club during his Sport Management studies. Matt's current responsibilities include reconciling deposits, processing payroll for student employees, and processing membership orders.

Favorite form of exercise: Swimming

Favorite thing ever: Attending a live baseball game or horse race.

What do you do for fun: Participate in golf, bowling, and bocce, read, go on craft brewery tours, play poker, and watch sports. My favorite sports are baseball, horse racing, hockey, and golf.

Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals

Why NIU: It's close to home and I never wanted to go to a huge university.

mharris6@niu.edu

815-753-9331


Fallon HartigFallon Hartig

Graduate Assistant for Competitive Sports 

B.S. Social Science, Florida Southern College

M.S. Sport Management, Northern Illinois University, 2015

Fallon is responsible for assisting in the overall administration and management of the Intramural program including staff training, program development, risk management, supervision, assessment, and marketing.

Favorite form of exercise: Basketball or Ultimate Frisbee

Favorite thing ever: Sleeping!.....or Eating

Originally from: Pensacola, FL

I’m really good at: spending money that I don't have

Why NIU: Well, the weather, of course.

fhartig@niu.edu

815-753-5107


Grace KerrGrace Kerr

Graduate Assistant for Group Fitness

B.A. Exercise Science, Southern Illinois University

M.S. Sport Management, Northern Illinois University, May 2015

Grace is responsible for assisting in the overall administration and management of the Fitness and Wellness program (group fitness classes, personal training, nutrition services, and four cardio/free-weight rooms) including staff training, program development, risk management, supervision, assessment, and marketing.

Favorite form of exercise: Dancing

If I was trapped on a Desert Island and I could only bring 3 things they would be: unlimited supply of peanut butter, my ipod, & my best friend!

Originally from: Robinson IL

Favorite sports team: Indianapolis Colts/Chicago Cubbies

I’m really good at: cheering people up

skerr@niu.edu

815-753-9460


Jeffery SanchezJeffrey Sanchez

Graduate Assistant for Facilities

B.S. Management, Sports Management Concentration, Florida Golf Coast University 

M.S.Ed Higher Education Student Affairs, Northern Illinois University, May 2015

Jeffrey's responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assist in the overall administration of two indoor recreation facilities, outdoor recreation fields and outdoor basketball courts. Duties include management of: facility reservations, facility contracts and rentals, maintenance, and special event production. Additional duties include: equipment inventory control, risk management, assessment, research, student supervision, and personnel development.

Favorite form of exercise: Riding my bike and playing basketball

Originally from: Miami, FL

Favorite sports team: Miami Heat

Why NIU: NIU Campus Recreation offered me a Graduate Assistantship. So I accepted the opportunity to be a part of a growing department.

Favorite NIU Tradition: I like the mascot.  

jsanchez13@niu.edu

815-753-9464


Student Managers


James Johnson

Student Manager for Aquatics

jjohnson25@niu.edu

815-753-9360


Kyle Anderson

Student Manager for Outdoor Adventure Trips

kanderson6@niu.edu

815-753-9423


Taylor Hartman

Student Manager for Outdoor Adventure Rentals

thartman3@niu.edu

815-753-9423


Nathan Tripp

Student Manager for Outdoor Adventure Team Building

ntripp1@niu.edu

815-753-9423