University Recreation

The department of University Recreation (UREC) is a major-campus wide service unit of the College of Education and Health Professions. UREC serves the university community by providing a diverse selection of recreational opportunities and facilities, which are designed to enhance the quality of life for each participant.
A UREC membership grants access to the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) building, as well as the UREC Fitness Center located on the second floor of the Arkansas Union. A UREC membership is included in student tuition. For details regarding faculty, staff, alumni or family membership, please click on the UREC Memberships tab or call 479-575-4646.

The HPER building offers a wide array of recreational facilities including an Olympic size pool, ten racquetball courts, three ping pong tables, an indoor jogging track, bouldering and climbing walls, the Donna Axum Fitness Center, and four gymnasiums. The UREC Fitness Center in the Arkansas Union has 6,000 sq. ft. of fitness floor space, a 1,500 sq. ft group fitness studio, men's and women's locker and shower facilities and over 120 total workout pieces. Free amenities include day lockers, Wi-Fi and kiosk computers.

In addition to operating these facilities, University Recreation provides recreational opportunities through intramural sports, club sports, inclusive recreation, non-credit instruction programs, group fitness classes, fitness/wellness opportunities and the Outdoor Connection Center, located in HPER 102.
Program Areas

In order to meet the diverse recreational needs of the university community, the program is organized into various program areas: Intramural Sports, Club Sports, Fitness/Wellness, Non-Credit Instruction, Informal Recreation, the Outdoor Connection Center and Inclusive Recreation.

Brief program descriptions are as follows:

UREC Intramural Sports: UREC Intramural Sports 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.

UREC Club Sports: UREC Club Sports 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.

UREC Fitness/Wellness: UREC Fitness/Wellness offers a variety of activities for diverse fitness and skill levels.  Programs include Group Fitness, Individualized Fitness, Small Group Training, and Wellness programs. Group Fitness involves instructor-led exercise in a class-like setting, and takes a variety of fitness formats.  Individualized Fitness offers opportunities for participants to receive specialized instruction from certified personal trainers in areas including fitness and assessments.  Small Group Training offers a unique opportunity to explore a new dimension of fitness by blending Group Fitness with Personal Training. Small Group Training offers classes that focus on a specialized format, individualized progression and skill development. Wellness programs offer opportunities for education and lifestyle enhancement, including educational seminars, nutrition assessment, and massage.

UREC Aquatics & Community Programs: UREC Aquatics supports many different activities, including open recreation times for UREC members and guests, instructional programs, kayak polo and clinics, group exercise classes, birthday parties, academic classes, athletic swimming and diving practices, swim meets and more!  Aquatics equipment including aqua joggers, paddles, buoys, and kick boards are available on the pool deck for members to use during open swim times. UREC Community Programs 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.

UREC Informal Recreation: UREC Informal Recreation promotes diverse social, recreational, and wellness opportunities through unstructured, voluntary use of the recreation facilities. The program is designed to provide members and guests with a wide range of recreational pursuits during operating hours, at their leisure for fitness and fun.  Informal recreation includes, but is not limited to: basketball, volleyball, racquetball, badminton, swimming, running, weight lifting, table tennis and climbing on a first come, first serve basis during operating hours.  Limited equipment is provided by University Recreation to members for a range of activities. 

UREC Outdoors: UREC Outdoors offers the rental of camping and sporting equipment to the university community. They also sponsor outdoor trips such 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 are also offered. UREC Outdoors also has a climbing wall and a bouldering wall that is free for students and UREC members.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to engage and enhance the University of Arkansas community through diverse recreational, social, and wellness opportunities.

Service Pledge

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.

Community Responsibility:
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.

Staff development:
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.

Vision Statement

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.

Page last updated: Friday, March 06, 2015