Raise your hand if you know where the gym is on campus. Now, keep your hand raised if you actually go there to work out. Keep your hand raised if you know about all of the different areas and services that University Recreation has to offer.
A few of you put hands down? Don’t worry, it’s understandable. I’m here to give you a detailed look at UW-Stout’s most active student service department, University Recreation, also known as URec.
First off, URec has a Fitness Center which offers memberships to the workout gym, group fitness classes, and personal trainers, while hosting clinics and other special events. I interviewed Cory Kautz, a Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management major, who works at the Health & Fitness Desk.
Cory Kautz, desk assistant at Health & Fitness Center, HRTM major
Cory says he likes working at URec because “I’ve always liked being involved on campus and it’s an excellent way to meet people.” He adds that it’s important for students to be involved in URec because “It’s a great way for students to stay active, play on teams with friends, and achieve their fitness goals.”
He said his favorite part about URec is “the people. I love who I work with. All my closest friends I’ve met through URec. And the interaction with participants.” A favorite quote of his is, “Those who say they can and those who say they can’t are usually right.”
Go out and have a ball with another favorite of mine, Intramural Sports. Intramural sports offers a huge variety of team sports. Get your friends together, pick a sport and sign-up for a team. Sports range from your classic volleyball and basketball to floor hockey, futsal, canoe battleship, wallyball, and more. Urec also hosts events and special tournaments if you don’t have a ton of time to commit. Check them out online, and make sure to be conscious of sign-up deadlines.
The next department of URec is Stout Adventures, my personal favorite. Stout Adventures offers two 30-foot indoor climbing walls, trips and clinics, equipment rentals, and the outdoor challenge course.
I interviewed Riley Filipovich who is a Cross Media Graphics Management major. He likes working for University Recreation because “it’s a fun environment, easy going people.”
Riley Filipovich, desk assistant at URec, CMGM major
He think it’s important for students to be involved in URec because it “Keeps them active, physically and emotionally healthy, and gives them something to do other than sit behind a screen.” And his favorite part of URec is “the variety of things to do in the whole building.”
My next interviewee was Marissa Popp, a student in the Applied Science program. She enjoys working for URec because “it has given me opportunities to develop professionally and personally, to connect with like-minded people and to teach others skills in the different areas of our outdoor recreation program.” She also said “I just love that it gets people active.”
Marissa Popp, desk assistant at URec, Applied Science major
Stout has a pool! It’s free to use to for all UW-Stout students with proof of your Student ID card. To access the pool, you go up through the locker rooms, past the showers. They have open swim time, lap swim time, and special events. Make sure to check online for the most up-to-date hours at http://www.uwstout.edu/urec/aquatics/index.cfm.
Last but not least, University Recreation offers a vast array of different sport clubs including Boxing, Dance Ensemble, Waterski, Paintball, Men’s Rugby and Women’s Rugby, Alfresco Outing Club, and more. For a full listing of Sport Clubs check them out online at http://www.uwstout.edu/urec/clubs/currentclubs.cfm.
With so many activities and facets to University Recreation, there’s got to be one that fits for you. Stop by in person, check them out online, or ask a friend today how you can get involved, get active, and have a ball! http://www.uwstout.edu/urec/index.cfm
Peace, love, and climbing! -Allison