About Us

Campus Recreation is an auxiliary operation within the Division of Student Affairs at Colorado State University.

Campus Recreation provides wellness and healthy lifestyle oriented programs, events, and services to Colorado State University students and employees via six program areas: Student Recreation Center, Aquatics, Fitness, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, and Outdoor Programs. Six support areas, Service Center, Business Office, Information Technology, Marketing/Publicity, Custodial Services, and Maintenance, supplement the program area functions and provide seamless customer service to CSU students, employees, and their families.

Campus Recreation Vision

Campus Recreation actively promotes the pursuit of a balanced, healthy lifestyle to a diverse university community.

Campus Recreation Mission

Campus Recreation strives to be a benchmark recreational program:

  • by providing diverse programs, quality venues, experiential learning, co-curricular opportunities, and exceptional service through the development of self and encouragement of social responsibility that fosters positive contributors to the university and global community
  • through demonstration of respect for talents, abilities, cultures, and shared ideas
  • by providing a healthy, progressive, and safe environment that nurtures positive behaviors through intentional planning that promotes development and leadership opportunities
  • by initiating and participating in collaborative efforts that enhance the stewardship of resources

Campus Recreation Values

Our integrity lies in trusting each other to maintain high standards in all we do.

Our community is united through a common vision and shared experiences while respecting and supporting one another.

We develop individuals through education and teachable moments while guiding the sustainable growth of others and ourselves.

David Karspeck Memorial Video

The David Karspeck Memorial Video was created out of a tragedy to serve as both a venue to focus on the importance of risk management in recreation and sport venues, and to honor the wishes of the family who lost a son in a preventable incident in the Colorado State University Student Recreation Center.

In November 2004, David Charles Henry Karspeck died from asphyxiation in the Student Recreation Center pool. It was a preventable accident that involved hypoxic breathing (breath-holding) practice by David and a distracted student aquatic staff member. Campus Recreation discussed with David’s parents how to simultaneously honor and utilize David’s memory for training Campus Recreation student staff about preventative risk management. Since 2005, Campus Recreation has presented David’s story as part of the student staff annual training. His memorial plaque that graces the lobby of the Student Recreation Center serves as a tribute and a stark reminder of risk management practices for new and returning student employees.

In 2012 this video was completed to represent David’s story and emphasize risk management during student staff training. David’s mother, Pat Karspeck, and brother Will Karspeck, a CSU Campus Recreation student employee, appear in the video. Their powerful message illustrates eloquently why Campus Recreation is committed to practicing preventative risk management.


David Karspeck-A Memorial Video from Brian Buss on Vimeo.

Department Org Chart

Department Reports

Past Rec Guides

Miscellaneous Resources

Department Strategic Plan

Identity Assessments

Since 2013, Campus Recreation has utilized an assessment method to analyze the impacts of our programs, facilities, and services on individuals with marginalized identities. These identity-based assessments are conducted on an annual basis and each year the assessment focuses on a primary identity group.

Assessment vs Research

While Campus Recreation is happy to share the results of our previous assessments, it is important to note the differences between assessment and research. The following is taken from the NACADA website. You can read the full article here.

That is, while research is designed to document or measure a phenomenon not formerly recorded, e.g. applying a new theory to an advising encounter and documenting how well a model 'explains' what is going on between advisor and advisee, program assessment provides information to your campus about whether you are achieving prescribed goals, expending resources wisely or meeting a documented campus need.

Research results are expected to be generalizable beyond one's own campus, with implications for similar institutions or similar populations. Program assessment results are applicable only to one's own campus.

Campus Recreation Identity Assessment Reports