Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Gender & Women’s Studies Dr. Marcy Jung’s career at Fort Lewis College is filled with impressive achievements. From the 1988 FLC Volleyball team she coached being inducted into the FLC Athletic Hall of Fame to years spent working on campus wellness initiatives to offering the Commencement invocation each year. It’s accomplishments like these that earned her the 2014-15 Fort Lewis College Achievement Award.
Dr. Jung came to Fort Lewis College as a student-athlete, playing volleyball and basketball. She later returned to campus as a coach, and a successful one at that. As coach she led that special 1988 volleyball team to the NAIA playoffs, the first FLC women’s team to reach the playoffs since the NAIA sanctioned women’s sports in 1981.
“That was a team that, no matter what, would finish,” she recalls. “It might take them a long time, but they would finish and finish successfully.”
Finishing successfully, especially in terms of wellness, was a philosophy she worked to bring to all of campus. One example is her work with the Skyhawk Wellness Challenge, a program to promote health and well-being to FLC faculty and staff. For many years, the program has challenged Dr. Jung’s colleagues to set and meet personal goals to improve themselves in areas like stress management, exercise, and nutrition. Successful completion earns the participant a prize, as well as increased wellness and self-confidence.
“Twenty-three years of 4For Being Fit that evolved into the Skyhawk Wellness Challenge has indeed been a way that I could combine my education with my passion for wellness and contribute to the campus working community as a whole,” she says.
Finally, those attending this year’s Commencement will have the opportunity to listen as Dr. Jung offers the invocation at the ceremonies, as many past graduating classes have. This chance to offer FLC’s newest graduates a special send-off is an honor that she looks forward to every year.
There are many such accomplishments to Dr. Jung’s name, but she is quick to share the credit with those around her.
“Whether it’s about teaching or coaching or wellness; it’s all team,” she says. “I’m a believer in team. So I owe a lot to the people I’ve worked with all these years.”