About Us

  • Campus Recreation Facilities 

    About The Rec Center


    Strength and Conditioning Area – 12,000 sq. ft.

    More than 70 pieces of cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, various types of cycles, steppers, and rowers.  24 selections of weight-training machines.  Combination of 40 plate-loaded and free-weight stations


    Climbing Wall

    One of the tallest in the state of Ohio at 53 feet Program mix will include eight climbing routes and a 46 feet rappelling platform. One-third of the lower wall is designed for bouldering opportunities


    Wellness Resource Center

    Designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices through comprehensive programming in areas of fitness, mental, and spiritual health.  Programming and services will include workshops, classes, clinics, testing, and assessments, designed for individual and group participation. 


    Meditation Center

    A quiet space designed specifically to provide an area for students, faculty, and staff to take time out of their hectic schedules to relax in a stress-free environment.


    Aerobics Studio– 3,200 sq. ft.

    Designed as a group fitness instructional area that accommodates classes taught by certified instructors  Capability to be divided in half to hold two different classes simultaneously


    Sports Forum– 18,500 sq. ft.

    Four multi-purpose courts, with the option of isolating each court.  Ability to play basketball, volleyball, badminton, and a host of other activities.


    Other Recreation facilities on Campus  






  • Campus Recreation Policies 
  • Hours

    2023 Summer Hours: 

    Monday, May 8, 2023 - Friday, August 18, 2023 

    Andrews Student Recreation & Wellness Center

    Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

    Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: closed

    Administrative Office

    Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

    Climbing Wall

    Monday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed 


    Facility Closed

    5/29/23- Memorial Day

    6/19/23- Observance of Juneteenth

    7/4/23- Independence Day



    For more information on Campus Recreation Hours: Please email Cameron Adams: caadams02@ysu.edu


    For more information: Please email Cameron Adams: caadams02@ysu.edu

  • Our Mission

    Our Vision to Better Serve You!

    We strive to engage all penguins through learning and leadership opportunities by providing dynamic and diverse recreational and wellness experiences.

    Our Mission to Our Community:

    The Department of Campus Recreation provides creative and innovative, instructed, or self-led wellness, and recreational programming to meet the diverse needs of our students and the YSU community.


    Promoting a holistic approach to wellness, and developing healthier lifestyle choices that lead to personal and professional growth.

    Providing state-of-the-art services and facilities.

    Integrating diverse learning, leadership opportunities, and wellness perspectives with social, economic, and global ideas from the Youngstown State community complements the academic mission of Youngstown State University.


    Students will be able to practice a holistic approach to wellness and develop healthier lifestyle choices that lead to personal and professional growth.

    Students will learn the short and long-term benefits of having facilities and equipment that are cutting-edge, universally designed, and well-maintained.

    Through diverse learning, wellness perspectives, and leadership opportunities, students will demonstrate civic, social, and cultural awareness and direction for the betterment of the University, city, region, and world.

    The Department of Campus Recreation provides diverse and intentional programming to the YSU community with the goal of creating a recreational environment that is safe, inclusive, and accessible for users. Our commitment is to provide patrons of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, abilities, religions, sizes, and ages with educational wellness experiences. In doing so, we aim to build and support the physical, mental, and social well-being of the Penguin community.

    Youngstown State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination. The University provides housing accommodations for students without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. The University has developed procedures to assist with concerns regarding discrimination. Assistance is available through the Affirmative Action Office and the Multicultural Student Services Office.

  • Campus Recreation Professional Staff Directory 


    Ryan McNicholas

    Director, Campus Recreation

    Ryan McNicholas

    (330) 941-2207


    Ryan is a proud YSU alumnus, receiving his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in 2005 and his Master's in Health & Human Service in 2008 from YSU. 

    My favorite thing about YSU Campus Recreation is working with the student staff, seeing their development of skills, and telling my infamous Dad Jokes!


    Cameron Adams


    Associate Director, Campus Recreation

    Cameron Adams

    (330) 941-3369


    I graduated from Slippery Rock University and Washington State University with a Bachelors's and Masters's degree in Sport Management, then before coming to YSU I worked at Washington State University as the Coordinator of Facility Operations for nearly 5 years. 

    What I like most about working at Campus Rec is the people, everyone is fun to be around and really enjoys what they do so that makes work so much easier to do!





    Recreation Program Manager

    Marko Marinkovich

    (330) 941-1973


    Marko is a proud penguin, earning two degrees from Youngstown State University! He has worked in some capacity with Campus Recreation for nearly 40 years. He enjoys spending time with his daughters and enjoys going to Church! 

    His favorite thing about working at Campus Recreation is sharing an office with Dan! Felix & Oscar! 

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      Business Operations Specialist 2

      Shirley Hodge 

      (330) 941-7291


     Shirley is a YSU alumnus.  She has worked in four different departments on campus and really enjoys working with the students.  Over her years at YSU, she has made many friends from students, staff, faculty, and administration.  

    Dina Fabry

    Fitness & Wellness Coordinator

    Dina Fabry

    (330) 941- 3731


    Dina is a YSU alumnus who received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2014. She then received her Master’s degree in Health and Physical Activity in 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh.

    My favorite things about YSU Campus Recreation are the opportunities available for student development/goal achievement, watching students grow into professionals, and the fun and welcoming environment.


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    Adventure Recreation Coordinator

    Thomas Worsham

    (330) 941- 1964


    Thomas is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where he graduated with his master’s degree in education in 2019 and has worked in adventure recreation since he first started school in 2014.


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    Competitive Sports & Club Coordinator

    Michael Hettinger




    Michael received a Bachelor's in Mathematics from DePauw University in 2020, and a Master's in Sports Management from Indiana State University in 2023. He first began working in campus recreation in 2022 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology as a Graduate Assistant.

    His favorite thing about working in campus recreation is planning all of the fun activities during the year, as well as working to improve student's overall health and well-being. 


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    Marketing and Membership Coordinator

    Nick Gallo




    Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing from YSU in 2004 and Master of Business Administration from YSU in 2023. Before joining the staff of the Campus Recreation Center, Nick owned and operated a local manufacturing business with his family until its sale in December of 2021. 

    Nick's favore things about working at YSU are being able to give back to the university that helped provide his foundation of business knowledge, building relationships with all departments on campus, and interacting with the students who are beginning their successful futures at YSU. 

    GA(s) & Liason

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    YSU Community Liason

    Mason Edmunds


    Mason is a YSU Alumnus who received his Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Studies in 2019. Mason has been working for Meridian HealthCare as the YSU Community Liaison since 2019. 

    My favorite thing about YSU Campus Recreation are the many services on offer that cater to both mental and physical wellness for students. There’s something for everyone at Campus Rec!

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    Facility Operations

    Theresa Minich




    Theresa is a proud YSU alumni having earned her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in 2022. She is currently pursuing her doctorate's degree in Physical Therapy as she performed her duties as the Facility Operations GA. 

    Her favorite part of working in Campus Recreation is being able to work with all the professional staff and student staff to create a welcoming environment for all YSU penguins to improve all aspects of their health and well-being. 

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    Fitness and Welnnes Graduate Associate

    Grace Haughn




    Grace is a current graduate student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and has her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. She loves competing with friends and family in outdoor sports or board games and plays on an indoor soccer team in her free time. Her favorite part of working in Campus Recreation is helping with fun and exciting programs for the students and learning how to grow as a professional. 

    Dalton Campana

    Community Recreation GA

    Dalton Campana 


    Dalton is a YSU alumnus who received his bachelor's degree in Biology in 2015. He also received his master's degree in Environmental Science in 2019 and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education-Educational Leadership- Health and Human Services at YSU. His favorite part of working in Campus Recreation is having the tools to improve the community's health and overall well-being.

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