Let that arrow fly, run that race, or move that rook. Whatever your preference, opportunities are Corporate Obstacle has an event for you.
While understood mostly as a sports competitors, Business Obstacle, now in its 33rd year in Southern Nevada, also has nonathletic occasions including chess and a trivia difficulty. And the sports consist of a wide range of activities from horseshoes to a new occasion this year– Business Ninja.
Not a ninja? Doesn’t matter. “You can be novices, you can be experts. We don’t care,” said Kathy Lauckner, who has coordinated UNLV’s Corporate Challenge efforts since the university sponsored its first team in 1986. The point is involvement.
” Whether you are attempting to relive your splendor days or you just want to come out and walk, there is something for you,” she stated. The Mayor’s Walk, for instance, is a fun getaway rather than a competition. Often entire Rebel households– and pets– turn out for the walk.
UNLV’s Obstacle History
The first year Lauckner organized a team it was for her associates at UNLV’s Harry Reid Center for Environmental Researches.
” We had many different jobs going on at the center and much of us didn’t understand each other that well,” stated Lauckner who retired in 2016 as the center’s training planner after 32 years with the university. She now teaches part-time in the School of Neighborhood Health Sciences. “I thought Business Obstacle would be an excellent way to bring us together, and it worked. That’s when I expanded it to the entire university.”
Today, Team UNLV generally draws 200 to 250 participants. Collaborating many people therefore numerous events would not be possible, Lauckner said, without the vital aid provided by the captains of UNLV’s numerous groups.
While Group UNLV’s strengths vary from year to year, the team has done well in occasions as varied as poker, swimming, golf, and the trivia challenge.
However the competitions where the group truly bleeds scarlet for their school is the blood drive. “That is my proudest accomplishment. It truly adds to the neighborhood,” she stated.
While it’s enjoyable to win medals, Lauckner stated that’s not her top goal for Corporate Challenge.
” It develops sociability on campus,” she stated. “It offers you the opportunity to satisfy people that you wouldn’t necessarily learn more about otherwise. Sometimes you meet somebody in person that you have actually been talking with on the phone for many years.
” Also, it gets us up and moving.”
Another advantage is that it gets UNLV’s name out in the neighborhood and offers employees the chance to talk with people in other companies about programs on school they can tap into.
UNLV remains in the department for companies with 2,000 or more employees. And who is the university’s most significant competitor?
” Zappos,” Lauckner stated. “Everybody always is watching out for Zappos.”
For Lauckner, Corporate Challenge has actually become something of a family affair. Her alumna daughter, Kellilyn Monar, ’13 Bachelor’s Degree Art and BS Entertainment Engineering Style, once again is drawing upon the talents she sharpened at UNLV to design the Tee shirts for Group UNLV, something she has done a number of times in the past.
While numerous UNLV workers take part on Team UNLV year after year, nobody has stepped up to change Lauckner.
” Maybe that’s because they think I don’t wish to be changed,” she stated. “But the fact is, I would invite the possibility to train somebody.”
Lauckner’s participation in Corporate Challenge goes far beyond collaborating the university’s involvement.
There are the occasions such as bocce ball, swimming, and the Mayor’s Walk that she has actually signed up for then– because she cannot stand to see Group UNLV surrender an occasion when a staff member cannot appear– there are the occasions where she finds herself participating at the last minute.
“For many years I have actually taken part in all however archery, fencing, and shooting,” she stated.
One remarkable moment came when she stepped onto the basketball court and discovered herself searching for at her challenger– former UNLV basketball star Freddie Banks, among the top shooters in Runnin’ Rebel history. Already he was working for a regional company.
She gulped. She played. She made long lasting memories. So will you.