Program Areas| Mission Statement | Service Pledge | Vision Statement
The department of university recreation is the major campus-wide service unit of the College of Education and Health Professions. The program serves the university community by providing a diverse selection of recreational opportunities and facilities, which are designed to enhance the quality of life of each participant. The department of university recreation performs a vital role in the recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff.
In order to meet the diverse recreational needs of the university community, the program is organized into eight program areas: Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Fitness/Wellness, Special Events, Instructional, Facility Management, Outdoor Recreation, and Accessible Recreation.
Brief program descriptions are as follows:
Intramural Sports Program: The Intramural Sports Program sponsors approximately 30 individual and/or team sports during the academic year. The program is organized into Men’s and Women’s Greek, Residence Hall, and Open Leagues. A point system is used in the Greek and Residence Hall Leagues to reward participation and success. Awards are provided for the champions in all leagues and are also given to the overall champions of each sport.
Club Sports Program: The Club Sports Program provides opportunities for individuals who share a common interest in a specific sport to enjoy the benefits of a group experience. Clubs are regulated by program and university regulations but retain the characteristics of self-administration and self-regulation. Members assume a variety of roles within the club (member, officer, coach) and are called upon to assist in all aspects of club operations.
Fitness/Wellness Program: The Fitness/Wellness Program offers a variety of fitness and wellness activities that are designed to meet the physical, mental, and social needs of the participants. Fitness/Wellness activities may require advanced registration. Examples include aerobics, aqua-aerobics, weight training, personal training, group exercise, and massage. The Donna Axum Fitness Center is managed by the Fitness/Wellness Program. A Lifestyle Assessment Program is available to students to assess and monitor their fitness goals and progress. The program encompasses personnel training, health and fitness testing, and one-on-one consultations.
Special Events Program: The Special Events Program provides a diverse selection of quality recreational activities in a leisure environment that enhances personal development through social and personal interaction. Approximately 2-3 events are held each month during the regular school year. All activities are designed to complement the university's recruitment and retention efforts.
Instructional Program: The Instructional Program offers opportunities for various non-credit classes, lessons, or certifications. Regular offerings include American Red Cross First Aid and CPR, Lifeguard Instruction, and Learn to Swim. In addition, program offerings include, but are not limited to, areas of instruction relating to dance, health topics, and sport instruction. Participants who are interested in a particular class offering are encouraged to express this interest to the UREC Program.
Facility Management Program: The Facility Management Program offers quality support services, which enhance activities and academic programs offered by university recreation, the Department of Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Dance, and the University of Arkansas. The primary areas of responsibility are scheduling, supervision, maintenance, membership recruitment, security of the HPER Building, and drop-in recreation activities. Examples of drop-in activities include weight lifting, swimming, racquetball, and basketball. UREC Memberships, guest passes, locker and towel rentals, racquetball reservations, and modern fitness equipment are available to qualified students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In addition, the recreational facilities of the HPER Building are available to organizations for special events.
Outdoor Connection Center: The primary service of the Outdoor Connection Center is the rental of camping and sporting equipment to the university community. The Program also sponsors outdoor educational seminars and clinics on such topics as canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, climbing, cycling, environmental issues, and outdoor opportunities in Arkansas and across the nation. Wilderness First-Aid, Leave No Trace, Orienteering and Search and Rescue courses are just some of the clinics and seminars offered through the OCC. The OCC also has a climbing wall and a bouldering wall that is free for students and HPER members.
Accessible Recreation Program: The Accessible Recreation Program is designed to provide individualized instruction and/or assistance in fitness or sporting activities. Instructors or partners are assigned on a need basis for a variety of activities including racquetball, swimming, weight lifting, and exercise programs. Some specialized equipment is provided to improve access to facilities and facilitate participation. The program emphasizes health-related activities.
Our mission is to provide a wide variety of quality recreational programs in a safe and secure environment which enhance the social, mental, and physical well-being of the entire university community. As a result, University Recreation performs a vital role in the recruitment, retention, and education of students and personnel.
As a member of the College of Education and Health Professions and the University of Arkansas, and in the spirit of the highest service and professional responsibility:
We hereby pledge to:
Programs and Activities:
Provide a diverse selection of programs, which enhance the social, mental, and physical development of our participants.
Maintain courteous, attentive and efficient service in a pleasant atmosphere and maintain a professional attitude at all times.
Facilities and Equipment:
Provide and maintain the highest standards of quality and safety.
Earn the respect of our participants by providing activities that enhance the quality of life of the university community and promote the mission of the university.
Promote professional growth and development while maintaining the highest morale, fellowship, and workmanship.
Recognize each participant as the most important aspect of the program and deserves the highest quality of service at all times.
It is our belief, as staff members of the department of University Recreation, that we have the unique opportunity to provide within the diverse university community, opportunities in which participants can enhance their quality of life through recreational experiences.
It is therefore our vision:
- That we instill in participants the desire for a healthy and enriched lifestyle.
- That we share our knowledge in an open and professional manner.
- That we are advocates for a service ethic, which emphasizes leadership, cooperation, and partnership.
- That we consciously link our purpose to the educational goals of the university community.
- That we develop employment opportunities that emphasize ethical work behaviors, strengthens work skills, and enhances the academic mission.
- That we will continuously strive to offer diverse opportunities that heighten recreational experiences.
By dedicating ourselves to this vision we are committed to improving university life, developing lasting and meaningful recreational experiences, and sustaining our leadership role within the university community so that each participant can enjoy their collegiate experience to the fullest.