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The UAS Recreation Center provides the finest programs, services, facilities and equipment to enrich the UAS learning experience. The REC fosters a lifetime appreciation and involvement in recreation and wellness activities for our students, faculty, staff and the UAS community. The REC contributes to the physical, social, intellectual and cultural development of those we serve.

Visit our employment page for information on job descriptions and openings at the REC.

Student Recreation Center


Front Desk: 796-6544



Recreation Center

12300 Mendenhall Loop Rd.

Juneau, AK 99801


Spring Hours

Closed until further notice.

REC will be closed one weekend a month for National Guard drills and have limited hours during breaks. View hours page for closures and adjusted hours.

Dave V. Klein

Associate Director of Campus Recreation

Phone: 796-6545


Student Recreation Center

Recreation Center

Juneau Campus


Bachelor of Arts, Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations
Humboldt State University, California 1997.

United States Air Force, 4.5 years
Honorable Discharge


Following high school graduation in San Diego, CA I escaped the city life for the remotes of Alaska by joining the US Air Force. Stationed at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska I crewed KC-135 aerial refueling and reconnaissance aircraft.

Following my honorable discharge, I worked the summer on the "slime line" working in the canneries of Bristol Bay, Alaska to get the feel for Alaska life outside the military. Although the life of cannery work was never in my cards, I did enjoy the comradery of working in a fish camp, enough to return for several summers while pursuing my degree from Humboldt State University in northern California.

Kayaking in S.E. Alaska, taking a breakWhile attending Humboldt, I went on National Student Exchange to the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau during my Junior year. Upon graduation from Humboldt, I returned to Juneau and have been working with UAS since. My role at UAS have varied from employment with student housing to manager of the recreation center to regional web coordinator. What attracted me to Southeast Alaska was the feeling I had as an exchange student. That was the feeling of euphoria one felt as a child upon waking up the morning of a trip to Disneyland. For the outdoor enthusiast, Juneau has just about everything for those who enjoy kayaking, hiking, hunting, camping, fishing, name it.

My wife Lori also works at UAS. We have a wonderful son Garrett, who loves the outdoors and exploring our wonderful surroundings. To coin the term, "Life is Good".


Accomplishments while at UAS include:

Associate Director of Campus Recreation, University of Alaska Southeast: 2014 - Present

Regional Web Coordinator, University of Alaska Southeast: 2/2003 - 2014

  • Created UAS course schedule. Resulted in one regional authoritative source for class information, saving UAS money in print production and mailing costs
  • Designed UAS whale-tale logo in use regionally today (learn, engage, change later being added). New logo was recognized for excellence by Admissions Advertising Awards
  • Researched and deployed content management system, insuring consistency of brand and reducing duplication of information
  • Co-chair regional Web development group, recognized by the UAS Executive Cabinet
  • Coordinated a complete redesign of the UAS website, bringing UAS into alignment with our accreditation goals and objectives
  • Developed and manage UAS photo database, reducing our potential for copyright issues

Manager, Student Activities Center, UAS: 8/1999 - 2/2003

  • Designed facility from the ground up with student input. While I managed the facility, it was largely operated and maintained by students
  • Founded the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC). The ORC rentals were self-supported through rental fees and use was coordinated with Outdoor Studies (ODS) program.
  • Developed mechanical skills and saved money by learning to make many cardiovascular equipment and facility repairs
  • Coordinated physical education classes, wellness programs and entertainment opportunities, logging record event attendance
  • Created training manuals for all functions, including climbing facility, help desk and performance spaces. Although student staff turn-over was low, this was critical for safety and ease of new staff transition

Administrative Assistant, Student Activities/Student Government, UAS: 8/1996 - 9/1999

  • Created outdoor gear rental program with seed money from the UAS Student Government Association. My close work with the USUAS-JC helped me to further refine my skills in oral and written communication and group dynamics
  • Moved many services online, to include housing referrals, rates and event information
  • Worked collaboratively with Facility Services and other stakeholders to fund and create the UAS ID system that utilized magnetic door locks, still in use today
  • Worked with Student Senators and local businesses to create a student discount program, saving students money at places they visited while also promoting UAS in the community
  • Served as technical consultant to the Whalesong student newspaper, moving their publication and advertisements online

Living Group Advisor & Community Advisor , Humboldt State University/UAS: 8/1994 - 8/1996

As an undergraduate, I served as a Living Group Advisor (2 years) at Humboldt State University and as a Community Advisor at UAS while on National Student Exchange. As anyone who has this experience will tell you, it was both challenging and rewarding and worthy of mention as it helped shaped me into the professional I am today.

Danielle Lowrey

Campus Recreation Assistant


Hi, my name is Danielle. I was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska, but only after a semester here in Juneau, I consider it to be my second home. This is my first year at UAS and I am currently studying Marine Biology. After I earn my degree, I plan to head back to my hometown and work with my local native corporation to help regulate and manage subsistence fishing on the Kuskokwim River. I love playing volleyball, mostly all outdoor activities, being with friends, and being with my dogs.

Erin McCarthy

Campus Recreation Assistant


Hi there! My name is Erin and I’m currently on a year long exchange from Wisconsin to complete the ODS certificate program. I have hopes to go into the Peace Corps after college but for now I am so excited to be here in Juneau :) I love exploring new places and meeting new people. Some of my favorite activities include yoga, running, climbing, skydiving, and almost any outdoor activity. Fun fact: I am weak for anything chocolate especially dark chocolate. Hope to see you around! 

Rosemary Eufemio

Campus Recreation Assistant


Hi! My name is Rosemary and I’m from Kodiak, Alaska. This is my second year at UAS and I am working towards getting a bachelor’s degree in biology. I’m not exactly sure what I want to specialize in, but I know I want to work with large mammals. In my spare time I enjoy reading novels, spending time outdoors, rock climbing, and going on spontaneous adventures. 

Nathan Block

Campus Recreation Assistant



I was born in MN, growing up in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I spent a great portion of my child hood summers in Grand Marias hugging the Canadian border. For two years after high school I followed various bands around the country and spent most of my time skydiving, hiking, traveling, and attending concerts and festivals. After a while I became tired of that life style and decided to enlist in the Army. After completing Airborne school, I was attached to a Long Range Surveillance Detachment with whom I have completed over 200 Combat Missions, earning an Army Achievement Medal. My final years with the Army I operated as an Alpha/Bravo Detachment (ODA/ODB). Currently, I am enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration and hope to focus my course work on Security and Disaster Management. It is my carrier goal to work for Elon Musk implementing new technologies and procedures to help rebuild areas affected by natural and man made disasters.

Enjoy your workout,


Mikayla Clark

Campus Recreation Assistant


Hi, my name is Mikayla. I was born in Voorhees, New Jersey and grew up in Ninilchik, Alaska. I'm currently in my second year at UAS and I am pursuing a bachelors degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Science. After I earn my degree, I hope to work in conservation ecology. I love riding horses, reading, hiking, and rock climbing.

Mariah Vantrease

Campus Recreation Assistant


My name is Mariah Vantrease and I am from Homer, Alaska. I am currently in my second year at UAS and pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish, and love living here in Juneau. I enjoy hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and just being outdoors in general, and I spend my summers in Bristol Bay commercial fishing. I am looking forward to the rest of the time I have here in Juneau and to join the REC center team!

Rayne Billings

Campus Recreation Assistant


Hello! My name is Rayne. I'm new to UAS, but i'm a 3rd year college student. I'm studying environmental science. I came here from Washington state, where I lived on a little island off the coast known as San Juan Island. Out there I worked with killer whales and humpback whales. In my free time, I do a lot of hiking and reading. I try to spend as much time outside as possible. If you do see me indoors, it would probably be at the library! After I graduate from UAS, i'd like to go to graduate school and work with whales again. 

Tina Cruz

Campus Recreation Assistant


Howdy! My name is Tina and I’m from Kodiak, Alaska. This is my third year at UAS working on my bachelors in biology with an emphasis in fisheries. During the summer I work for the State of Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game at remote weirs on Kodiak Island counting salmon. After graduating from UAS, I’d like to continue working with fish. I enjoy camping, traveling, canoeing, and reading.

Gage Cadenhead

Campus Recreation Assistant


My name is Gage, and I was born in Texas, but grew up in Iowa. I am here on exchange for the semester and go to Iowa State University in Iowa, majoring in Animal Ecology. In my free time I enjoy hiking, fishing, running, and spending time outdoors! I came to Juneau to experience something new and am very excited to be here!

Abby McCormick

Campus Recreation Assistant


Hi everyone! My name is Abby and I am from Anchorage, Alaska. This is my second year at UAS and I am studying to become a marine biologist. After graduating I would love to apart of conservation research and working with endangered marine life. I grew up basically living outside spending most of my time hiking, camping, skiing, exploring, and kayaking. I am so lucky to call Juneau my second home and hope to see you around!


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