Article by Bailey McCaffrey

The Club Hockey season is RAMping up as CSU’s teams prepare to take on CU Boulder. Our Sport Clubs hockey programs consist of the Division I Men’s team, the Division II Men’s team, and the Division I Women’s team. Each of these teams will be playing the Buffs on the 12th of November, in the Pepsi Center Arena in Denver, Co. The Rocky Mountain Pepsi Center Ice Showdown is an event you do not want to miss. 

Click Here to see the event flyer for more information.

This $20 ticket not only pays for all three games on Nov. 12th, but you also get a free ticket to an Avalanche (Avs) game. Everyone who purchases a ticket for the showdown will get to choose which Avs game they would like to attend over the season. By going to this game you are also supporting your team as $5 of your ticket automatically goes toward the CSU hockey program of your choosing as a donation. This is a one time opportunity to come and cheer on your fellow Rams as they take on the Buffs in a stadium suited for the pros. 

We had the opportunity to speak to two Colorado State players to hear more about the season and the the upcoming big game. 

Sarina Perret is a Senior on the Women’s Ice Hockey team and has proved to be a leader for the other players over the past four years. She is excited to take on the Buffs once again. Up until last year, the Rams had been successful in their efforts against Boulder. Having lost last year in a close match, Sarina and the rest of her team are ready to reclaim their place on top. This season, the team is overcoming obstacles as they play with only half a bench. Matches can be difficult for a team will a limited amount of players, but they have won multiple games this season and are improving through the process. 

Yuval is a strong player on the Mens Division One team. This is his third year on the team at Colorado State and he says the best part is having a band of brothers he can always count on. This is a building season for the young team, having 12 of their players graduate last spring. The team is eager to take on our rivals and to prove their ability when it counts most. 

Come support the teams by filling the Pepsi Center and getting loud. In the past, fans have filled up to 3,000 of the stadium’s seats for this event and this year they are expecting an even bigger turnout. Campus Recreation is wishing out Rams the best of luck next week and through the rest of the season!

To purchase tickets for the showdown, CLICK HERE.

Home games are held at EPIC Arena in Fort Collins and are free to CSU students. Go to the women’s and men’s schedules on their websites for game dates and times. You can further support these teams by donating to the women’s team HERE, or donating to the mens team HERE.

Campus Recreation Receives Awards, Scholarships at National Conference

Grapevine, Texas

Sixteen professional staff and students from Colorado State University’s Campus Recreation department attended the NIRSA (National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association) National Conference in Grapevine, Texas. 


Colorado State University Campus Recreation walked away with several awards spanning a variety of areas. Professional staff members Erin Patchett and Jason Foster received the 2015 Research and Assessment Award for their project titled Inclusive Recreation: The state of collegiate policies, facilities, trainings, and programs for transgender participants. The award is given to one institution each year.

Campus Recreation was awarded first place in the NIRSA Creative Excellence Awards for their website, Brittany Heiring, Communications Manager for Campus Recreation, received the award.

Colorado State was also awarded first place in the t-shirt design competition in the “staff apparel” category for their student staff training shirt “BPOC, the Best Place on Campus”.


Arianne Judy was awarded the NIRSA Foundation Will Holsberry Scholarship to attend the conference and the NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation Level I in St. Louis. Joey Halpin received the NIRSA Foundation Bill Thompson Scholarship to attend the annual conference. Student and graduating senior, Erin Guy, received the Region V scholarship.

Graduate Assistantships

One goal of the student staff in attendance at NIRSA is to obtain a graduate assistantship with a peer institution to continue their career in campus recreation. All of the Colorado State students in attendance were awarded a GA.  Katherine Montgomery will be attending the University of Georgia, Erin Guy will be attending the University of Tennessee, and CSU alum Brandon Ohr will be attending Boise State. CSU alum Adam Hickle, who graduated last May, was also offered a position with the Colorado School of Mines recreation program.

Committees & Service

NIRSA functions primarily on the efforts of volunteers, and Colorado State stepped up to the opportunity. Staff serve on various committees including the Recreational Sports Exposition Committee, NIRSA Conference Program Committee, Research and Assessment Committee, Foundation Scholarship Committee, and the #RecChat Committee. Volunteer opportunities included staff acting as session monitors and conference program table guides.


In addition to the awards and scholarships that Colorado State University received, Campus Recreation professional and student staff presented several educational sessions at the conference. Student staff member Erin Guy had a poster presentation titled The Gender Line: How It Manifests in Campus Recreation. Heather Foster, Ben Burnham, Erin Patchett, and Joey Halpin co-presented Assessing Customer Service, Job Knowledge, and Emergency Response with Departmental Audits. In addition, Inclusive Messaging: Reflecting your Values in your Marketing was co-presented by Erin Patchett, Brittany Heiring, and student staff member Ashley Wylde. Campus Recreation intern, Sarah Lewis, presented at the Collegiate Trends Research Roundtable on How Technology is Being Used to Foster Student Wellbeing and Enhance the Value of Collegiate Recreation. Finally, Erin Patchett presented along with members from the NIRSA Research and Assessment Committee on Articulating the Value of Campus Recreation through Research and Assessment.

Lasting Impact

The annual NIRSA Conference always invigorates collegiate staff to return to their campuses with new and innovative ideas and solutions, and this year was no exception. Joey Halpin expressed that “the conference solidified my opinions that Colorado State Campus Recreation is providing quality programs and services to the campus community.” Colorado State University left a great impression and lasting impact on the NIRSA community through their heavy involvement in this year’s conference. Brittany Heiring White stated “I was so incredibly proud to be a part of such a progressive university and an inclusive department, and I was continually reminded through the positive comments by staff from peer institutions that Colorado State University Campus Recreation is truly doing great work for not only our community, but our own student staff.”

“The NIRSA annual conference was as amazing professional development opportunity that I am very appreciative to have experienced.  I was proud to co-present with colleagues from my institution as well as peers from across the nation. I have returned to CSU’s campus with my passion for inclusive recreation reignited thanks to the great educational sessions I was able to attend at the conference.” – Erin Patchett

“I love attending the NIRSA Annual Conference because I get to reconnect with and meet new colleagues from across the country.  I always leave feeling motivated, inspired and excited to bring new methods and ideas back to our campus.” – Michelle Gehret

“This year’s NIRSA conference made me reflect on how grateful I am to the people who helped me get to where I am today. I am looking forward to bringing the things I learned back to Campus Rec in order to continue to develop our student staff and offer exceptional programming to the CSU community.” – Arianne Judy   

Professional staff in attendance: Heather Foster, Erin Patchett, Tyson Kehler, Michelle Gehret, Ben Burnham, Joey Halpin, Jason Foster, Brittany Heiring, Adam Walsh, Arianne Judy. Student staff: Ashley Wylde, Erin Guy, Katherine Montgomery, Sarah Lewis, Chelsea, and Emily. CSU recent alumni: Adam Hickle and Brandon Ohr.

It’s Faculty/Staff Employee Appreciation Week at the Rec Center!

February 9 – 13, 2015
Ready to join?
  • Sign-up for a new membership* and receive: 
  • 1 single-class cycling pass 
  • 1 single-class mind/body pass
  • free towel service (spring semester)
  • free fitness assessment
Already a member? 
  • As a token of our thanks, get $5 off a 60 minute massage or $10 off a 90 minute massage by using the coupon code “Rec Cupid” when you book your massage.


We have added a new piece of equipment on the first floor fitness area for a limited time… The Krank Cycle! The Krank Cycle is located at the end of the main ramp and offers:

  • Independent crank arms for greater variety of movement to keep users engaged
  • Narrow crank axis allowing for higher RPMs, increasing speed and endurance
  • Ergonomically designed saddle allowing easy transition between seated and standing exercise positions
  • Crank and flywheel assembly rotation to accommodate forward and reverse movements
  • Adjustable crank arm height encouraging greater range of muscle activation
  • Wheelchair accessibility 

Not sure how to use the Krank Cycle? Check out the how-to video:



Let us know your thoughts about the equipment in the comments sections below.

Each year, Campus Recreation hosts Rec Olympics, a competition-style appreciation event for the student and hourly staff at Campus Rec. This year’s event was themed Rec Luau, and over 100 students participated in the tropical-themed games, events, and dinner. 

About the Event

Students sign-up for the event in teams of 3 or 4, or as a free-agent to be assigned to a team of other staff, and are encouraged to come dressed in the theme or a team costume. Team names always get creative, and this year was no exception with teams being named Hawaiian Punch, The Beach Babes, Touch My Tiki, Cloud People, and more. Teams start the night with dinner (this year it was a delicious Hawaiian BBQ spread), and then participate in various events like pineapple bowling, beach towel volleyball, flip-flop hula hoop toss, tropical relay, and trivia. The night ended in a fantastic final-event where professional staff hid hundreds and hundreds of little rubber duckies throughout the Rec Center, and teams were released from the main gym to hunt down the ducks as fast as possible.

Rec’d the Rec

The top three teams receive a coveted “I Rec’d the Rec” t-shirt, and the top team gets their photo and names engraved into a plaque to live forever in infamy in the employee break room.

The event is hosted by the Employee Appreciation Committee as a way to acknowledge, appreciate and thank the student employees for all their hard work and to build community and develop relationships across program areas.

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