A new year is here, but that doesn’t mean we should forget 2015. We can always learn from our past and since Campus Rec Magazine is a new publication, there is definitely a lot of learning to be done. So, I am looking back and re-capping the seven most popular stories of 2015. Hopefully by examining these, we can provide more of what you want in the New Year.
Striving To Be The Best — In 2015, the University of Georgia Ramsey Student Center turned 20 years old. Over the years, the Ramsey Student Center has undergone numerous renovations and improvements with the goal of providing top-notch recreational programming that is reflective of the highly ranked university. Christina Reynolds, the public relations coordinator at the University of Georgia Department of Recreational Sports, answered a few questions, highlighting how the Ramsey Student Center has changed over the years.
Log Rolling: A New Must Have for your Aquatic Facility — Now more than ever, university recreation centers are trying to discover unique ways to get students through the doors and engaged in programming. Activities like standup paddle boarding and battleship have become common features at many rec centers. Log Rolling is another intriguing program that is becoming increasingly popular at numerous university aquatic centers.
The Secret Behind Academic Diving — While one can go to a dive shop to obtain a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Diver certification in three days, Nova Southeastern University’s PADI beginner course takes six weeks. Tec Clark, said they teach a well-rounded curriculum, like how to use tools from the latest technology to dive tables.
Tour-de-Campus — In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and increase student physical activity, the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus launched a free bike-sharing program called Share-A-Bull Bikes. The program is operated by the campus recreation department and provides 100 bikes, each equipped with a GPS system so students can locate the bikes through a smartphone app or website.
5 Tips for Working with Student Staff Members — There is a difference between student staff members and professional staff members in any workplace. Student staff members can be the connection to the inner-thoughts of users at your recreation facility. Various campus recreation directors provided five tips for working with student staff.
5 Unique Rec Programs from Around the U.S. — Take a look at five unique programs various campus recreation centers are offering students, faculty and staff around the United States.
The Trick to Managing Multiple Facilities — College campuses can be rather large, spanning miles and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is no exception. The campus spans across nearly 9,000 acres, so getting from one end of the campus to the next is no small task. Felicia Tittle, the executive director of recreation and physical education, provided advice on managing multiple facilities.