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Campus Rec Magazine: PSU featured in Rec of the Week
Author: Campus Rec Magazine
Posted: June 6, 2016

PSU Rec Center.
Portland State Rec Center | Campus Rec Magazine

Original article on campusrecmag.com

Mission

Portland State University Campus Rec creates an environment where quality recreation and wellness programs inspire, empower and educate. Nestled in the heart of downtown Portland, Portland State Campus Rec is a leader in urban university recreation.

Facilities

The LEED Gold Certified Academic & Student Rec Center (ASRC) opened in 2010 to serve the entire Portland State community. Highlights include: 6-lane pool and spa, indoor track, 80+ cardio machines, 100+ pieces of weightlifting equipment, two wood floor courts, multi-activity court, 32-foot climbing wall, three multipurpose rooms, indoor and outdoor equipment rental, personal training offices, functional fitness and stretching areas, Olympic lifting platform, two universal changing rooms and showers and an outdoor terrace.

Programming

Portland State Campus Rec is proud to offer a wide range of programming that meets the needs of all members. Highlights include:

  • 10+ intramural leagues each year
  • 10+ designated inclusive programs
  • 12+ swimming and water safety instruction courses/clinics
  • 30+ rec clubs
  • 50+ Group X fitness classes each term
  • 60+ outdoor adventure trips each year
  • Special events like Zombie Dodgeball, Intramural Battleship, Kayak Polo, Dive-In Movies, PRIDE Kickball, LGBTQ Splash Mob, SUP Pilates/Yoga, Zumbathon, Nourish Wellness Fair, Walktober, Healthy U Wellness Challenge and Project Happiness.

Fun Facts

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Portland State’s Outdoor Program. In 1966, the program was our nation’s pioneer in collegiate outdoor programming. Fifty years later, it continues to blaze the trail with student-led, year-round, low-cost outdoor opportunities.

Campus Rec is Portland State’s largest student employer. The department employs over 200 students and has a cohort employment program called FLASH that’s designed specifically to support freshman with little to no work experience.

Portland State University is one of only a few schools in the country to employ a full time inclusive rec coordinator. Six-time Paralympian Jen Armbruster has held the position since 2010 and coached the Portland State goalball team to win the first-ever collegiate goalball tournament in 2015. She will compete in goalball in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games along with her wife and Campus Rec member, Asya Miller, two Portland State University students, Eliana Mason and Amanda Dennis, and one former Portland State student, Marybai Huking.

Campus Rec for a Cause is a new department-wide initiative that combines Campus Rec’s mission of promoting health and wellness with its commitment to serving the community. Campus Rec hosted 19 opportunities this academic year where participants engaged in community service while being physically active.

In 2014, Campus Rec partnered with the School of Art’s MFA in Art and Social Practice to launch a new Artist-in-Residence Program that brings unexpected culture, education and engagement into the Rec Center. Students experiment with a series of projects intended to facilitate shared knowledge, skills and culture from across the PSU community.