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University Recreation, PR & Marketing announce new staffers

September 16, 2003

Jennifer J. Puhl, assistant director of University recreation, began work at APSU in August, while Rebecca Mackey, communication specialist, joined the staff in APSUs Public Relations and Marketing Office Sept. 15.
September 16, 2003

Jennifer J. Puhl, assistant director of University recreation, began work at APSU in August, while Rebecca Mackey, communication specialist, joined the staff in APSU's Public Relations and Marketing Office Sept. 15.

Puhl came to APSU from the department of intercollegiate athletics and recreation at Florida International University, Miami, where she had been coordinator of the Student Fitness Center since 1996. In that capacity, she developed and enforced policies and procedures for a fully equipped, $1.5 million fitness center that served a university of more than 32,000 students and 5,500 faculty and staff.

In addition to conducting aerobics and personal fitness training courses, she developed, implemented and administered a full-service personal-training program and assisted other departments with health and wellness events.

A member of the design and development committee for the construction of a new $10 million, 50,000-square-foot recreation facility, Puhl received both a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in biology and a Master of Science in exercise physiology from the University of Miami, Coral Gables. She has 30 credits toward an MBA from Florida International University.

Puhl, who has written articles for professional publications and made several scholarly presentations, is affiliated with such organizations as the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.

Before her APSU appointment, Rebecca Mackey, a Clarksville native, was the executive editor of Our City, often called the area's alternative newspaper. She began work as copy editor at Our City in 1997, moving through the ranks as editor and managing editor before becoming executive editor in January 2001. In her work for Our City, she assigned, edited and proofread all articles in addition to writing news and feature articles, reviews, a horoscope and an advice column. She trained Our City staff in writing, photography and crisis management.

In addition to her work as executive editor of Our City, since March 2002 she also had been the executive editor of “The Spirit of the Trace," a monthly newspaper based in Cadiz, Ky. This newspaper was created to serve the lake areas of western Kentucky. Mackey was instrumental in creating the look and content of “The Spirit of the Trace,” as well as recruiting and managing freelance writers, assisting with layout and proofing and editing the publication.

In 1996 she worked as assistant public information officer for the Administrative Office of the Courts, Nashville, where she updated and expanded the “Annual Report of the Tennessee Judiciary,” translated state Supreme Court opinions into laymen's terms for press releases and fielded media calls.

Mackey received two degrees from APSUa Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) in English in 1996 and a Master of Arts in English in 1999. She was a President's Emerging Leaders Program participant and scholarship recipient.
Dennie Burke