New Direction For Campus Recreation and Wellness


Claire Allinson, the new Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness, was hired in November 2021. WellnessPHOTO//JAELA DODSON

Jaela Dodson, Features Editor

Piedmont University has introduced the new Assistant Director of Student Life this past November 2021. She is a Lilburn native who recently graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2020.

For the past three months, Piedmont’s campus recreation and wellness department had fallen under the belt of student life Director Zac Moore following the sudden departure of the previous assistant director, Justin White, in July. Student Life Director Zac Moore who already oversees numerous organizations on campus, including the Campus Activities Board and  ZTA, was tasked with managing the recreation and wellness portion. Zac Moore enjoyed supporting the position but says, “I’m not going to lie, some days and weeks were a struggle, but at the end of the day, I would do anything for the students”. In late fall of 2021, Piedmont introduced the new addition to the Student Life division, Claire Allinson.

Following multiple prospects and interviews, Piedmont declared Allinson to be the best fit for the role. Allinson, who recently graduated as a mathematics and accounting major, has much experience in the field of recreation and wellness. In previous experience, Allinson says, “I worked in the outdoor department at UNG and it was a lot but I really enjoyed working with students and it really helped me on professional development.” Allinson expressed she looks forward to planning and working with students again.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, typical campus recreation and wellness events have been cut from the program. These vigorous conditions caused by the pandemic have not distracted Allinson as she still looks to grow and build the program. Allinson says, “I see us advancing by doing more wellness programming, running more variety of outdoor trips, and getting students involved to try and experience new things.” Transitioning into this role, Allinson strives to create an exciting and inclusive program for all students to enjoy.

On February 6th, the Campus Recreation and Wellness program will host their first trip of the semester, an all-day Ski Trip to North Carolina. For more information, you can contact Claire Allinson at [email protected].