2013 Campus Recreation Hall of Fame Inductees

2013 Campus Recreation Hall of Fame Inductees

Jesse “Tony” Clements
Tony Clements began his career at Illinois in 1967 as an undergraduate student athlete who played both football and basketball. He earned his masters at Illinois in 1972 and never has left. With Campus Recreation, he was the director of the intramural officials association, director of community programs, supervisor of intramural employees, supervisor of co-rec intramural programs, associate director, and then finally was named director in 1979 after the retirement of Dr. Matthews. His last handprint on Campus Recreation was probably his biggest as he oversaw the renovation of Campus Recreation Center East and the IMPE renovation – now called the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). Those two projects have given Illinois over 500,000 square feet of indoor recreation space, one of the largest amounts in the country. The ARC has become one of the must see facilities on campus and in the town. Tony served Illinois for 30+ years until his retirement in 2008, although he has never really left as he still comes in for a workout, or just to sit in your office and tell some jokes.

Barbara “Bobbi” Hein
Bobbi Hein started her career at Campus Recreation as an 18-year-old administrative assistant in 1968. She retired in 2004 after seeing just about everything there was to see in Campus Recreation. Through those 30+ years, she literally took hundreds of students under her wing as she was the person they came to not just for job issues, but personal issues, class struggles, relationship news, etc. Many of them still keep in touch, sending holiday greetings, pictures of their families and enduring memories made possible by her gracious care. Bobbi is so thought of that the first endowment fund created through Campus Recreation was the “Bobbi Hein Internship Position.”

Jerry Markbreit
Jerry Markbreit was a football official for 43 years, including 23 years in the NFL. He was pretty good as he was the referee in four Super Bowls. Before heading to the NFL, Jerry worked high school games, moving up to the Big Ten in 1966. He was the back judge in the “Game of the Century” between #1 ranked Notre Dame and #2 ranked Michigan State. As a referee he had run-ins with Woody Hayes and got to work at the Rose Bowl. This distinguished career got its start as an undergraduate student at Illinois officiating intramural flag football games from 1953-1956. Jerry worked for Campus Recreation before it was a department – just a part of the Athletics department. In the 80’s and 90’s he came back to campus a couple of times to talk to intramural officials. There was even a Jerry Markbreit Award given to an intramural official each year.

Dr. David Matthews
Dr. Dave Matthews was hired as the first director in August 1962 as the University made Campus Recreation a standalone department, then called the Division of Intramural Activities. He was the person who initiated the plans for the IMPE building and helped get construction started in the late 1960’s. The construction of IMPE changed the recreation landscape not only at the University of Illinois but at universities across the country. Dr. Matthews was an integral member of NIRSA – hosting the national conference twice at the University of Illinois. His vision and guidance is what helped create everything Campus Recreation has and does today.

Bob McGrew
Bob McGrew served Campus Recreation for 29 years all in the outdoor adventure field. He started as a graduate assistant in 1981 and then became an assistant director in 1982 before retiring in 2010. When you thought of adventure recreation at Illinois, you thought of Bob McGrew. He took students on biking trips, paddling excursions, hiking adventures, and camping experiences. These took place all over the country. His trips were sometimes the first time a student saw wildlife or enjoyed the water. Bob made memories for thousands of students. Bob even dabbled in climbing when the ARC opened and he took on the job of opening and running the climbing wall. He still shows students the outdoors through teaching classes in the Kinesiology department.