Hey there Rec’ing Rams! If you’ve been following us recently, you will know that we have many changes being made inside of the Rec before the semester begins. Curious about what’s going on? I sat down with the director of facilities for Campus Recreation, Tyson Kehler, to better understand the need for the current closures.

For most of the summer, students have been entering the Rec through the side entrance due to construction in the lobby areas. What you may not know is that we are installing new turnstiles next to the service center. Kehler stated that the project is “designed to increase the efficiency and security of the service center by separating the business function from the patron check-in.” This change will make it so patrons can self-check-in rather than swipe in with the service center staff.

Additional digital signage will be added to the area alongside a built-in carpet at the main entrance to the building.

The project, however, will not be completed until the end of phase two. In this final phase, the Rec will completely re-design the service center, and aims to begin the second phase near the end of the fiscal year 2023.

The annual closure for maintenance of the facilities also falls during this current construction. Specifically, this time will be used to prepare the aquatics center for the upcoming year by swapping out filters and power washing the pool, among other regular preventative practices. Kehler emphasized that this benefits patrons by ensuring the longevity of aquatics equipment and maintaining the space’s cosmetic appeal.

The service center area and aquatics facility will be available again on the 18th of August, just in time for our annual event, Night @ the Rec.

We hope to see you back in the Rec soon; take care, Rec’ing Rams!

As we transition many aspects of our lives to online platforms, we want to make sure your wellness journey can continue virtually!  Campus Rec has been working hard to ensure you have the resources to stay active and engaged from home. We are constantly updating our social media, Youtube channel and website to offer you guided workouts, mindfulness exercises and at-home fitness content throughout the week from our personal trainers and staff. We are excited to be launching group fitness classes on Instagram Live which will feature guided workout sessions of your favorite low and high-intensity classes! You can also find archives of digital fitness content here. Our commitment to you and the CSU community remains the same – bringing you opportunities to continue your fitness journey and reach your wellness goals.

A silver lining is that at-home fitness can often be done equipment-free, or even using household items! We want to help you along the way to make this adjustment in whatever ways are most comfortable for you. Remember that the internet is a powerful tool in the world of fitness – with a little searching, there are tons of free workout videos that can be utilized during this time. Down dog is currently free or students and other online workout programs are offering discounts and extended free trials. Below is a  summary of our online fitness content in hopes of inspiring you to continue your fitness journey with Campus Recreation from home.


We are providing at-home fitness content throughout the week on Youtube and social media channels. Tune in for…

  • Massage Monday: Start your week off tension-free with Massage Mondays over on our YouTube channel. We are featuring guided massage exercises hosted by our certified massage therapists.
  • Trainer Tuesday: Head over to our YouTube channel on Tuesdays for an awesome workout tailored to at-home fitness instructed by a Campus Rec personal trainer. Try this upper body workout with trainer Molly C:
  • Workout Wednesday: Don’t miss our Insta story and tweets every Wednesday for a full workout including warm-up, conditioning, and modifications.
  • Trainer Tip Thursday: Every Thursday we’ll be bringing you expert tips from trainers on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Fitnesss Friday: We’ll be ending the week with more fitness content from out trainers across social media. Stay tuned for our Knot-of-the-Week to learn different climbing knots from home!
  • Through May 8th, we’re offering virtual group fitness classes via Instagram Live. Connect with your favorite group fitness classes with a live-streamed virtual workout from our fitness instructors. Find the schedule below and visit here for more information.


  • Trickshot or Talent submission: IM Sports will be hosting trick shot and talent conets during the month of April. One trick shot and one talent winner will be selected for each season listed below. Click here to submit your video and here for full contest rules.
  • At 6PM MST, join Recwithoutborders on Twitch to participate in a fun trivia competitions and win swag from across the country!
  • Click Here to Join ECAC Community Game Nights (Overwatch, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros, Fortnite) . View full Community Game Night instructions here – If you win a tournament, you’ll win the highly coveted CSU IM Champ shirt!
  • Join here: CSU IM Sports NBA2K, MADDEN, and FIFA Discord Channels

Outdoor Program

  • There’s no harm in early preparation for future OP trips or just learning something new about the outdoors! Click below to view these informative outdoor clinic presentations about avalanche safety, beacon rescue and hiking your first 14er!

Avalanche Awareness

Avalanche Beacon Rescue

Hike Your First 14er

  • Watch this video to learn how to access accurate and reliable weather forecasts for hiking, snowshoeing, etc.
  • Click here for a variety of online climbing resources for our community, as well as a schedule of online education opportunities provided by our staff.
  • Stay engaged with the outdoors with these free resources to view at home or on mobile.

On September 8th, a group of seven students embarked on a bouldering trip to Horsetooth Reservoir, marking the first official Outdoor Program trip of the semester. Many first-timers got to experience the basics of bouldering, and some students revisited the sport in a new setting by learning to navigate the classic routes. 

Commonly known as the home of modern American bouldering, Horsetooth Reservoir was an ideal place to introduce students to the sport. Hidden among the sandstone cliffs are hundreds of routes that accommodate all levels. The group drove to Horsetooth in the early morning to familiarize themselves with popular climbing routes, and expanded indoor climbing skills to an outdoor setting. By afternoon, the group had mastered the basics.

Climbing is a popular niche of the Campus Rec community that freshmen students Kalaina Stroyan and Gregory James wanted to explore further on the trip. With  guidance and patience of the instructors, the students were able to better navigate the routes and find ease in the tedious sport.

I’ve been bouldering in the Rec since I got to school a few weeks ago, but this was my first time bouldering outside,” says Kalaina. “I thought it would be a great way to explore more of what Fort Collins has to offer.”  

Without the security of ropes and harnesses, outdoor bouldering calls for different skill sets than traditional climbing. Climbers must be able to traverse horizontally to get from point A to point B, as opposed to the vertical pathways on climbing walls. Students on the trip utilized chalk and special climbing shoes to help secure their grip on the rock. Bouldering mats were used to prevent injury from fall. 

As an inexperienced climber, Gregory explained, “the biggest challenge was having to try to adjust my strategy to each new problem. [The instructors] helped everyone feel accomplished and get the experience that they wanted.”

Kalaina remained diligent in overcoming the obstacles she faced during the trip. With support from instructors and the rest of the group, she built confidence in her climbing skills that she wasn’t expecting.

“I challenged myself on routes I didn’t think I would ever be able to do, and learned from everyone else on the trip,” she says. “If you’ve never bouldered outside before, it’s such a good challenge and really makes you want to get better.”

The Outdoor Program will continue hosting trips & events for members year round. For the full schedule, click here.

The trip was photographed by Nick Wasmundt. View the full photo gallery here


Article by Bailey McCaffrey

Making a career out of climbing mountains and hanging from rocks can be seemingly difficult. Previous Campus Recreation Outdoor Program staff member Aileen Palma was faced with exactly this problem as she graduated from CSU in the Spring of 2018. Fortunately, with her passion for the outdoors and a little help from the Campus Recreation Student Development Fund, she was able to get the certifications she needed to succeed in the field of adventure which she cares about.


Student Employment and Development


Campus Recreation employs over 350 students each year making it the third largest employer on campus. Students fill positions as lifeguards, outdoor program leaders, fitness instructors, intramural officials, building managers, supervisors and over 30 other job titles. Student employees are important to Campus Recreation and play a large role in the department’s success. In 2005 the Student Development Fund was created to provide student staff the opportunity to attend a variety of development opportunities. 


The professional staff at Campus Recreation pride themselves on being much more than supervisors for student employees. The department values are integrity, community, and of course, development. These words are worn proudly by student employees on the back of their work shirts. 


Development is defined by staff as education and teachable moments while guiding sustainable growth. In the spirit of achieving this important value, Campus Recreation puts aside funding on an annual basis to assist students to attend trainings, seminars, webinars, to complete certifications/re-certifications, and represent Colorado State University at regional or national conferences. 


Since the fund began, over 300 student employees have been provided with growth opportunities through Campus Recreation.


Although the fund is largely beneficial to student staff, receiving assistance is no easy task.  Employees must obtain the backing of their supervisor, apply for funding, and after completion of their chosen development course, present at a Campus Recreation staff meeting.


“This progression provides a valuable learning opportunity for our student employees,” states Cody Frye, Campus Recreation Executive Director. “Student recipients of these awards return to the department with new knowledge, improved proficiencies and technical abilities, and enhanced leadership skills. This translates to a committed employee and helps prepare students for careers beyond university life.”


Aileen’s Journey From CSU to Avid4 Adventure


Aileen Palma completed the Wilderness First Responder course in January with assistance from the Student Development Fund. Aileen got hired as an outdoor leader for the company, Avid4 Adventure after graduation. Aileen comments, “Getting my Wilderness First Responder allowed me to be a better leader for the Vamos Outdoors trips I led during my time working for Outdoor Programs at Campus Rec. Even now with my new job for Avid4 Adventure, I know I can make the best decisions in the case of an emergency. My professional career requires me to be able to work with a variety of ages in multiple risky activities. So, I would have eventually needed a WFR to advance in my field. I’m glad that I had the support from Campus Rec to achieve that much sooner.”

An endowment through the CSU Foundation to further support the Campus Recreation Student Development Fund has been supported by numerous individuals and business. More information about the initiative can be found here: https://csurec.colostate.edu/about/giving-to-the-rec/ 


Colorado State University’s department of Campus Recreation brought eight awards home from the recent conference of NIRSA (formerly known as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association), leaving as the most decorated collegiate recreation program in the country this year.


The NIRSA awards celebrated the marketing and communication efforts of Campus Recreation as well as the individual accomplishments of two professional staff members.

“National recognition of Campus Recreation’s talented professional and student staff members was a result of their dedication and effort to improve the recreation and well-being experience, with a focus on involvement and inclusion, for Colorado State’s community as a whole,” said Judy Muenchow, executive director of Campus Recreation.

The 2018 national conference took place the week of March 4 in Denver and was attended by more than 2,700 professionals. The conference host committee assembled professionals from across the state to lead the planning efforts, including Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado, Regis University and Colorado State University. Professionals from CSU served on the committee, including 2018 Conference Chair Erin Patchett.

Excellence in marketing


Campus Recreation’s marketing and communications efforts were awarded three Creative Excellence Awards, including two gold awards and one bronze. The Creative Excellence Awards focus on outstanding marketing and advertising materials published by the NIRSA membership.

Campus Recreation took home Gold in the Comprehensive Brochure & Facility Publication category and both Gold and Bronze in the Student Publication category. The projects recognized include videos, brochures and a first-year student poster series, all worked on and developed by student staff members.

CSU’s Campus Recreation also won three awards in the T-shirt design competition. Two first-place ribbons were presented in the staff shirt and outdoor program shirt categories, as well as a third-place ribbon in the single-color screen category.

Campus Recreation’s marketing and communications work is primarily executed by a dedicated student team consisting of 14 students in positions ranging from graphic designers to photographers, all overseen by one professional staff member. Each person on the team works collaboratively on creative projects to gain real-world experience that can transfer to their eventual careers.

Individual Awards

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