Dixie State University (DSU) is a public comprehensive university dedicated to rigorous learning and the enrichment of the professional and personal lives of its students and community by providing opportunities that engage the unique Southern Utah environment and resources.
As part of this mission, DSU’s Human Performance Center (HPC) provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for academic, recreational, and wellness opportunities that inspire, empower, and educate DSU students, faculty and staff.
DSU’s 155,000-square-foot HPC provides an on-campus “active learning. active life.” facility for students, faculty and staff.
With five floors of recreational spaces and equipment coupled with various academic areas totaling six stories overall, the HPC at DSU is something many have not seen in the area before. The facility opened on November 14, 2019 and is the first of its kind on DSU’s campus. The beauty on the outside of the building doesn’t begin to compare to the multiple awe-inspiring spaces throughout its interior. Amenities include:
Indoor Recreation Space
Although the space is primarily intended for student use, community members are welcome during DSU publicly-hosted events as well as privately-hosted events that are scheduled and booked through DSU’s central scheduling department. Scheduling priority is given to Academics, Campus Recreation, Athletics, DSUSA, student groups and student recreation activities.
Opportunities for student employment positions in the HPC include front desk attendant, facility attendant, facility managers, lifeguards, climbing wall specialist and custodians. In addition, Campus Recreation also employs fitness attendants, group fitness instructors and intramural sports personnel.
Health and Human Performance Department – Academic programs in the HPC include physical therapy assistant, athletic training, population health, recreation sports management, exercise science and kinesiology. Additional academic programs will be added in the future. Various activity classes also happen on the recreational side of the building and other academic classes meet in the HPC. In addition, the Exercise Science Department works with the Special Olympics, offering spaces for basketball and swimming.
Campus Recreation – The Campus Recreation Department provides different areas of emphasis on campus to meet students’ recreational needs, including Fitness, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Outdoor Recreation and Aquatics. Each of these areas offer opportunities and activities for students to either participate or get involved in some way in campus life.
Athletics – DSU women’s swim team also practices and hosts swim meets in the HPC swimming pool. Athletics sports camps also use the facility during the summer months. Some of the DSU teams who will use the HPC during their camp is swim team, women’s basketball, men’s basketball and volleyball. It also allows for other camp visitors to come see the state-of-the-art facility.
“I absolutely love the Human Performance Center! Whether I’m using the climbing wall, swimming in the pool, or working out on the cardio floor, I feel like the HPC provides so many ways for me to stay active during my busy schedule.” — Katy Johnson, the vice president of Service Student
“I love working out in the new Human Performance Center. All of the workout spaces are so open and light. There’s such a variety in the recreational opportunities provided by DSU’s HPC.” — Penny Mills, DSU student body president
“There is something for everyone at the HPC. It’s a pleasure working with such a quality team in this state-of-the-art facility to benefit the students as much as possible.” — Roger Watson, the HPC marketing and building operations manager
“Dixie State University Campus Recreation is extremely excited about the prospect of the new Human Performance Center on campus. This building has a tremendous amount of potential we are excited to explore and put to use for the benefit of our campus population’s health and well-being.” — Christian Hildebrandt, the Campus Recreation director
“This new facility stands as a landmark for the institution. It’s fantastic for student recruitment and retention as well as a draw for faculty. It shows the University is willing to invest in a space to enhance students’ academic preparedness as well as health and well-being.” — Susan Hart of the Health and Human Performance department