Employee of the Month

Campus Recreation relies on a staff of over 150, most of whom are University of Montana students, to provide excellent customer service to our community. We recognize those who go above and beyond their job description in the areas of reliability, quality of work, initiative, leadership and community service. Thanks to all of our employees for making Campus Recreation a place to thrive!

January 2020

sam-walter.jpgSam Walter

Sam is passionate about the natural beauty, music, sustainability and teaching others. Growing up in the southeast Sam found his way here to Missoula, MT his freshman year in 2017 to study Geography.  Sam worked at Gwynn Valley summer camp as a counselor and climbing instructor for 4 consecutive summers, as well as in New Zealand as a zipline guide.

Right away Sam got involved with the Outdoor Program (ODP) as a student. He took the intermediate climbing class (a 2-credit class), as well as the American Mountain Guide Association Climbing Wall Instructor course that culminates with a nationally recognized certification. In the fall of 2018, Sam began working at the Outdoor Program climbing wall and jumped in with two feet! Since working here, Sam has taught many climbing classes here at UM including the intermediate climbing class twice. Sam has also led a week-long spring break trip to the Utah desert, a semester long backpacking class for credit, became a Leave No Trace trainer, led a multi-day climbing trip to Vantage, Washington, single and multiple day cross country ski trips and has taught many people how to climb and lead climb while working at the UM climbing wall. Sam is positive and enthusiastic and often says “yes” to things.  Sam is very energetic and loves to get people “stoked” on enjoying and protecting wild places.

Sam loves to climb, backpack, ski and is always up for a good adventure. His students and co-instructors love learning from and working with Sam. His positive energy is infectious and fun to be around. His lessons are organized and entertaining! One time during one of his rappelling classes, he began the class by rappelling down the climbing wall in a costume with a hilarious French accent and had the students dying laughing. He puts people at ease, is laid back yet very professional and is a humble person. A fun fact about Sam, he is that a US and UK citizen. 😊

Thanks for all you do here Sam!

February 2020

amy2.jpgAmy Braig

Amy is a born-and-raised Montanan, growing up in nearby Kalispell. She transferred to U of M after spending her freshman year playing soccer in Tennessee and is now pursuing a degree in Business Administration in Finance graduating this May. Growing up with Glacier Park in her backyard, being on the top of a mountain is where she finds the most comfort, and she loves the amazing beauty this area has to offer.

Amy has impeccable customer service. She can always be found working the Outdoor Program (ODP) rental front desk with a friendly smile and contagious energy. Amy came to work at the ODP the spring of her sophomore year, and while at UM dove into many leadership opportunities including the Outdoor Program. She has been a part of the Davidson Honors college, is currently an ambassador of the Davidson Honors College, and was invited to go to New York City with the UM President and one other student as a representative on the UM finance team as they issued bonds for the University.

Amy has no ego. She is bright, cheerful, detail oriented and her co-workers love working with her because she is so organized and “on it”. She puts people at ease and helps students feel comfortable in an often-intimidating environment. Amy works the rentals desk, assists customers in rental gear checkout while facilitating daily fiscal operations, helps on raft trips, leads single and multiple day cross country ski trips, and helps with women’s climbing nights at the climbing wall.  She has helped facilitate team building activities for international, current, and prospective students while on rafting and cross-country ski trips and has inspired many students to find a passion for outdoor activities and a love for her home state of Montana. Amy is always such a joy to have around. She is consistently early, organized, ready for adventure and full of energy.

Thank you for all you do Amy!


March 2020

Colin.JPGColin Bingham

Colin Bingham is a Missoula, Montana native and a Senior majoring in Health and Human Performance with his sites on medical school.  He has worked at the Outdoor Program for 2 years and started working here May of 2018.

Since working at the Outdoor Program, Colin got involved on many different levels. Colin started in the rentals department getting people familiar with outdoor gear, helping to wash, inventory and repair equipment and educating many people on what UM and Missoula has to offer. He is a hard worker and can figure things out quickly. He is consistently looking at ways to learn new skills, improve on things and put his skills to work. Colin took our raft guiding training a few years ago, and started guiding whitewater shortly thereafter. He has excellent people skills and puts people at ease right away. He has a contagious smile and gets people excited to be outside. Colin also played football at UM for 5 years (Go Griz! He is number 88 😊), so during the summers when he was working rentals starting at 8am, he often had already done a 2 hour work out which often start at 5am. He was never late and always had a great attitude.

Colin has a strong work ethic. If he doesn’t understand how to do something, he will research it and learn how to do it and then share it with the rest of us. He is consistently early and prepared for work. He asks what needs to be done and does it, or sees what that thing is and makes it happen. While working here, Colin took the time to get his Wilderness First Responder (WFR). This was a big-time commitment with his football, rigorous pre-med school and work schedule, but he never once complained. On the contrary, he was consistently sharing with us something cool he learned in his WFR class.

Colin worked several cross-country ski classes to Lolo pass and to Lubrecht, he has taught ski tuning workshops, has helped people learn how to fix their bikes, he helped clean holds and set bouldering routes for the climbing competition, and he worked a week-long spring break trip canoe trip on the Green River this year. For each of these things, Colin showed up with alacrity and brought so much to each trip, event and class. After the spring break trip, Colin again came to work rentals at the ODP and asked what needed to be done during the COVID pandemic. There was some not so glamorous work that needed to be done patching rafts and of course, Colin stepped up to the task. He also plans to finish his college career by working as a Freshman Wilderness Experience leader.

Students who have had the opportunity to learn from or work with Colin are lucky. He is friendly, humble, professional, smart and fun to be around. We look forward to seeing where Colin goes and wish him all the best. Thank you for all of the work you have put into the ODP, Colin!