Campus Recreation


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

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 and walking with her golden retriever and best pal, Reilly.

Nick Knowles

Nick Knowles, Director of Facility Management , Aquatics, 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.

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 weightlifting 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.

Vian Neally

Vian Neally, Director of Marketing
Vian lives in Carthage with her husband, Joel. She earned her bachelor's degree in Communication in 1996 and her master's degree in Instructional Design Technology in 2002. Vian has worked at WIU since 1997 in Orientation and started in Campus Recreation in August 2015. Vian and Joel are the proud parents of three children (with spouses) and nine grandchildren. In her spare time, Vian enjoys spending time with her family, singing in a praise band, eating Dairy Queen, and watching movies.

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 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. Julie became a grandma to Jordan Bickerman in 2016.

2016-2017 Sport Clubs Graduate Assistant

Graduate Student Jesse Geer

Jesse Geer
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Education: York College of Pennsylvania
Current Graduate Work: Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

2016-2017 Group Fitness Graduate Assistant

Ana Smith - Group Fitness Graduate Assistant

Ana Smith
Hometown: Zion, Illinois
Undergraduate Education: Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work: Kinesiology
Emphasis: Wellness and Fitness Management

2016-2017 Facilities Graduate Assistants

Rec Events and Facilities Graduate Assistant Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson
Hometown: Yorkville, Illinois
Undergraduate Education: Illinois State University
Current Graduate Work: Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration


Maria Camargo
: Darnestown, MD
Undergraduate Education: James Madison University
Current Graduate Work: Sport Management




  • Maria Camargo, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Jonathan Reed, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
  • Carmello Rizzo, York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA
  • Nick Lampert, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN

2016-2017 Intramural Sports & Rec Events Graduate Assistants

Crystal Dooley
: Lombard, IL
Undergraduate Education: Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work: Sport Management

Eric Vaughn
Hometown: Harvard, IL
Undergraduate Education: Western Illinois University
Current Graduate Work: Sport Management

2016-2017 Wellness & Fitness Management Graduate Assistant

Dylan Hast

Hometown: Champaign, IL
Undergraduate Education: St. Ambrose University
Current Graduate Work: Kinesiology- Sport & Exercise Psychology


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