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Campus Recreation

  • Informal Recreation - The Aggie Recreation Center, HPER Building and Fieldhouse are multipurpose facilities with several activity spaces, including: weight rooms for strength training and cardiovascular conditioning, multi-purpose gymnasiums, two indoor jogging tracks, six racquetball courts, an indoor climbing wall and bouldering wall, group fitness rooms, locker rooms, administrative offices and meeting spaces, and two pools.
  • Aquatic Programs provide a safe and inviting environment supported by educated, enthusiastic, and professional American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors. Aquatics provides a place for physical activity and leisure to individuals with different needs and goals as well as educate participants on water safety practices. 
  • Fitness Programs provide integrated programs, resources and services, in order to promote healthy lifestyles, create opportunities for positive behavior modification and enhance student academic success. Programs and services include group fitness classes, personal training services, weight management and nutrition consulting, workshops, incentive programs and special events.
  • Intramural Sports offer participants the opportunity play organized sports in a recreational but competitive atmosphere, learn new sports skills, and have fun with fellow friends and students. The Intramural Sports program offers a wide variety of team sports, team and individual tournaments, and special events.
  • Club Sports provide opportunities to participate in competitive and recreational sports and also learn valuable life skills in organization, communication and leadership. Club Sports have been established to promote and develop the interests and skills of their members in a particular sport or recreational activity.
  • Outdoor Programs provides opportunities for outdoor education and leadership experiences through the climbing and bouldering walls, adventure trips and workshops. Outdoor gear can also be checked out at the Aggie Recreation Center Rental Shop.
  • Challenge Course provides a fun, educational approach to learning and applying principles to a wide variety of real world situations in both your personal and professional lives.
  • Student Staff and Leadership program includes training and supervising both undergraduate students (200+) and volunteers in facility and game management, teaching and educational sessions, program execution and evaluation, and risk management administration.

Mission

Mission Statement

Campus Recreation provides opportunities for personal growth through play, wellness and adventure.

Vision Statement

Campus Recreation will provide diverse recreational programs and services to engage the campus community.

  1. Play: We strive to create spaces where recreation can be enjoyed as co-curricular experiences that strengthen and broaden student learning outside the classroom.
  2. Wellness: We value a community that encourages a balanced life, healthy choices and an environment that facilitates a sense of belonging for every student.
  3. Adventure: We create experiential learning opportunities for the development of each student and the USU community through a safe and supportive environment.
  4. Community: We value opportunities in which every individual is welcomed and affirmed and where we seek to understand, respect, and celebrate our diversity.
  5. Development: We expand the capacity of students to develop life-long skills to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle for the benefit of themselves and others.

Commitment to Inclusion

Campus Recreation is dedicated to inclusive programs, services, and facilities through our commitment to education, outreach, and collaboration. We seek opportunities to create space where all people are welcome and gain a sense of belonging.

Statement Regarding George Floyd and Unrest

As protests across our nation and in Salt Lake City have unfolded over the past week, the pain and anger over the death of George Floyd have exposed the deep damage that exists within our communities because of generations of inequity and systemic racism. Our deepest and sincere sympathies are with the Floyd family, his loved ones, and other communities of color who are in pain at this moment.

Utah State University and members of the Division of Student Affairs are heartbroken by these events. We firmly believe that racism and unequal treatment in every form are not simply problems for our communities of color, but are deep-rooted, systemic issues that everyone is responsible to help solve.

At a challenging time like this, we are doing our part to help ease the suffering by offering support to our USU students who are struggling. Emotional and mental health counseling is available remotely from Counseling and Psychological Services; additional support can be found through the Inclusion Center; and students of concern affected by these traumatic events may be referred to our CARE Center which is housed within the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Contact information for each of these services and the Students of Concern referral form are available at:

We care deeply about each of you, and your well-being is our most important concern. If you need support, please reach out to us.

Take care and be well,
James Morales
Vice President for Student Affairs

Goals and Learning Outcomes

Goals

  1. Provide experiential learning and leadership opportunities through recreational programs and services that enhance the collegiate experience.
  2. Create a cohesive community and welcoming environment which embraces diversity and collaboration through social engagement.
  3. Offer programs and services that build a foundation of Play, Wellness, and Adventure. 
  4. Partner and collaborate with all university departments, programs, and services to provide communication, training, and expertise that support student learning and development in and out of class.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in Campus Recreation programs and services, students will …

  1. develop lifelong skills to improve overall health and wellbeing.
  2. recognize their connection to the campus community and build relationships that contribute to their sense of belonging.
  3. contribute to a welcoming and respectful environment for all people.
  4. understand that skills needed for successful recreation overlap with those needed for success in their academic, personal and professional life.
  5. understand the importance of teamwork, leadership and healthy social interactions in sports competition and beyond.
  6. experience leadership opportunities that result in improved communication, listening, time management skills, and more self-confidence.
(CAS Domains Met: Knowledge, Acquisition, Integration, Construction, and Application., Cognitive Complexity, Intrapersonal Development, Interpersonal Competence, Humanitarianism and Civic Engagement, and Practrical Competence)

Foundational Documents

USU Campus Recreation 2020 SWOT Analysis





National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Core Competencies:
 Professional Competencies for Leaders in Collegiate Recreation- Business Management, Facility Management/ Planning & Design, Human Resources Management, Legal Liabilities & Risk Management, Personal & Professional Qualities, Philosophy & Theory, Programming, and Research & Evaluation.

Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education: NIRSA- Leaders in Collegiate Recreation is a proud member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). CAS promotes standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs in order to maximize the quality and effectiveness of higher education services.

 


The Department of Campus Recreation serves the recreational and fitness needs of students and employees at Utah State University.  The program strives to provide facilities, activities and services for persons of all ability levels with varied interest, as well as create a supportive environment to ensure every participant has a positive and successful experience.  In addition to the Aggie Recreation Center facility, the department encompasses Aquatic Programming, Fitness and Wellness Education programs, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Outdoor Programs, and Student Staff and Leadership.   

CAMPUS RECREATION ASSESSMENT PLAN/MATRIX, 2017-2018
Goals
(Objectives and Learning Outcomes)
Assessment Tool
(Criteria)
Data Source
Documentation
Timeline Responsible
Persons
Map to
Division Goals
Provide experiential learning and leadership opportunities through recreational programs and services that enhance the collegiate experience. Program Surveys Student Participants Each Semester Associate Director/ Program Directors Goals 2 and 8
Create a cohesive community and welcoming environment which embraces diversity and collaboration through social engagement. Surveys and Focus Groups Student Participants Annually Associate Director Goals 1 and 3
Offer programs and services that build a foundation of Play, Wellness and Adventure.   Focus Groups Student Participants Spring Semester Associate Director Goals 5 and 6
Partner and collaborate with all university departments, programs, and services to provide communication, training, and expertise that support student learning and development in and out of class. Self-Assessment University Departments and Student Participants Annually  Associate Director Goals 2 and 7


Satisfaction Survey 2017/2018

The Aggie Recreation Center opened November 19, 2015.  As a department, we have creating the assessment plan to begin assessing the overall department and programs.  As we continue to collect data annually, we will conduct a department review to be confident that the department is feasible and that we can realistically work within the parameters that are set forth.