When students returned to classes on Aug. 28, they also came back to a newly created Campus Recreation program.
Campus Recreation enhances the intramurals program, offering additional opportunities to a larger number of students. Donny Zavala, the director of Campus Recreation said he is confident the changes will lead more students to fitness alternatives.
In addition to new flooring, a change of equipment location and three flat-panel televisions, several new treadmills and elliptical trainers were added to the weight room.
“Overall, this adds to the quality of the experience,” Zavala said. “We have more informal recreation and open fitness opportunities now. People used to walk away because we didn’t have enough equipment and now they don’t have to.”
In addition to a lineup of traditional and non-traditional intramural sports, Campus Recreation will give students opportunities to get off campus for hikes, watersports and more.
“These are changes we’ve been working on for three years,” Zavala said. “This gives us the ability to offer health and wellness to groups of students who may not have otherwise participated.”
Senior Courtney Hobbs came back from her summer break and said she was surprised at the changes.
“It was exciting,” she said. “There is a lot more room and it’s nice to be able to watch TV while you are working out.” In the past, she said she occasionally left without working out because there weren’t enough treadmills and elliptical machines for everyone who needed them. This year she hasn’t had the same problem.
Students hoping to get off campus can attend one of four trips scheduled between September and November. These include a day hike at Opal Creek, a beachcombing and glass float expedition, an overnight trip to Breitenbush Hot Springs and a paintball excursion.
For more information about Campus Recreation, email Zavala at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-375-7588.