UTHSC Participates in YMCA Corporate Games

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Members of the Young Professionals Group participated in trivia night as a part of the YMCA Corporate Games (from left: Mary Newell, Melissa Taylor, Natalie Brewer, and Kimberly Williams-Guy)

The Young Professionals Group recently participated in the 2019 YMCA Corporate Games held September 22-28 at various locations throughout the city.

The games promoted friendly competition and healthy living among Mid-South organizations.

“We decided to participate in the YMCA Corporate Games because it fit perfectly within the mission and values of YPG to foster an inclusive work environment, while also giving back to the community and promoting healthy living,” said Cynthia Vincent, YPG steering committee member and financial coordinator in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. “We saw it as the perfect opportunity for colleagues from all across campus to come together and work as team, with the hope that those new relationships would extend beyond the playing field and open up new opportunities for collaboration and training in the workplace.”

Sheredith Fountain (left) and Cynthia Vincent (right, pictured with Dustin Fulton) represented the Young Professionals Group.

Events included kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, bowling, basketball, trivia night, and field day games such as tug-of-war, relay races, and cornhole.

Dustin Fulton, MS, associate director of Student Affairs, Student Conduct and Community Standards, said the event provided an opportunity to engage members of the university community in a way that not only promotes healthy lifestyles through physical activity, but serves as a nexus connecting people across campus and among other Memphis companies and organizations.

“One of the most incredible outcomes from UTHSC’s participation in the YMCA Corporate Games was the camaraderie that was built between personnel from all areas of campus with both faculty and staff represented,” Fulton said. “This event brought people together who wouldn’t ordinarily work together given their individual roles with the university. However, connections were made on the “field,” which I’m sure will lead to many lasting friendships.”

Launched in June, the Young Professionals Group, serves as a valuable resource for faculty and staff, contributing to the success of early career professionals.

“I hope that YPG will serve as a support system that equips members with the tools they need to grow professionally and personally,” said Brittney Murray, senior administrative services assistant in Human Resources. “Our mission is to contribute to the success of early career professionals through education, training, and community engagement in an effort to foster an inclusive work environment.”

The planning committee for the YPG YMCA corporate games included Brittney Murray, senior administrative services assistant, Human Resources; Dustin Fulton, associate director of student affairs; Cynthia Vincent, financial coordinator, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; J. Lee Taylor, director, Campus Recreation; and Michael Stackens, intramural coordinator, Campus Recreation.

YPG YMCA Corporate Games Participants:

Kickball

Nahosha Braziel-Adams, Development and Alumni Affairs
Pamela Harlan-McSwain, GME
Dominique Crutchfield, College of Nursing
Robyn Taylor, College of Nursing
Stephanie Davis, Development & Alumni Affairs
Kay Strahan, Health Sciences Library
Paul Shipp, Health Sciences Library
Tyrone Baker, Jr., Facilities Administration
Crystal Walker, College of Nursing
Samuel Law, Campus Recreation
Daniel Cox, ITS
Xavier Agee, CHIPS

Dodgeball
Katora Jones, Forensic Center
Michelle Anderson, Forensic Center
Joanne Morrow, Campus Police
Sophia Mosher, Office of Equity and Diversity

Volleyball
Katora Jones, Forensic Center
Rhalmil Mathews, College of Medicine
Samuel Law, Campus Recreation
Brittney Murray, Human Resources
Michelle Anderson, Forensic Center
Joanne Morrow, Campus Police
Kaining Zhi, Plough Center

Bowling
Sophia Mosher, Office of Equity and Diversity
Michael Herr, Anatomy and Neurobiology
Kistal Hamlett, CHIPS
Cicely Hicks, Department of Physiology
Samuel Law, Campus Recreation
Bob Douglas, Mail Services

Basketball
April Suttles, Institutional Compliance Office
Lemmie Griggs, Student Affairs
Natassha Bowles, Development and Alumni Affairs
Tyrone Baker, Jr. Facilities Administration
Samuel Law, Campus Recreation
Marie Faulkner, Custodial Services
Kaining Zhi, Plough Center

Trivia
Natalie Brewer, Communications and Marketing
Kimberly Williams-Guy, IRB
Mary Newell, Student Affairs
Melissa Taylor, Anatomy and Neurobiology

Relay Race
Alexis Macklin, Office of Sponsored Programs
Melissa Taylor, Anatomy and Neurobiology
Joanne Morrow, Campus Police
Samuel Law, Campus Recreation

Tug-of-War
Dustin Fulton, Student Affairs
Kimberly Williams-Guy, IRB
Joanne Morrow, Campus Police
Nahosha Braziel-Adams, Development and Alumni Affairs
Michael Stackens, Campus Recreation
Alexis Macklin, Office of Sponsored Programs

Cornhole
Cynthia Vincent, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
Sheredith Fountain, Plough Center