Each year, Campus Recreation hosts the Student Leadership Series, a 4-week program designed to enhance, inspire, and prepare student employees for future leadership roles in both their work for the department, and beyond. This year, eleven students completed the course, and received a certificate, SLS sticker for their namebadge, and were treated to a banquet dinner at Gravity 1020. 

Student Leaders

The students who completed the Student Leadership Series for 2014 are:

  • Elise Blanton-Hubbard
  • Rebekah Connell
  • Dak Damour
  • Audra Eakins
  • Rachael Head
  • Paige Kempski
  • Sam Lilja
  • Adam Paton
  • Jesse Tyler
  • Lucas Williams
  • Ashley Zugschwert

About SLS

Students must apply to the SLS program and applications are reviewed by the Student Development committee, who also plan and excute the program. Each of the classes over the four weeks focus on various leadership topics including conflict management, dealing with varying personalities, peer mentorship, and discovering your own leadership style. Classes are led by campus experts, which included Keith Lopez of the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs, Jackie Peila-Shuster of the Education Department, and Chris Leck of the School of Social Work.

Congratulations to all the participants!

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After over a year and a half closure, the Mac Gym is reopening next week for recreation. The auxiliary gym located within the Student Recreation Center was closed in the summer of 2013 to provide office space for the Lory Student Center staff while the LSC underwent a massive renovation of its facilities. “LSC West”, as the temporary space was called, closed in late September of this year, and the offices moved back over the first week of October. After their departure, the facilties crew got to work removing the temporary cubicles, electrical wiring, temporary carpeting, and the wood floor placed down to protect the gym’s surface. After repairing some minor damage to the walls, floors, and a good cleaning, the space is now complete, and will be opening the week of November 10, 2014. 

The Mac Gym will host Drop-in recreation activities, including volleyball, badminton, and basketball, freeing up the entire main gym for Drop-in basketball. Download a copy of the new Drop-in schedule here




Campus Recreation hosted the first-ever Zombie Tag on October 28, 2014. 123 students participated in the games, with 28 teams of 3 “humans” and over 30 “zombies” to chase them down in the dark. The game started in the lobby of the Rec Center, where students who signed up as zombies met to strategize and “zombiefy” themselves with special-effect makeup. The human teams were given a map of the course that indicated the boundaries of the game, where each checkpoint was, and the points for each glowstick located at the checkpoints. Each human wore a flag football belt, which the zombies were tasked with trying to chase down and grab. Teams were given free range to decide which areas of the map to tackle first, as long as they were back in the lobby within the 30 minute timeline. 

Teams assembled outside, and at the sound of the bull-horn, the humans took off into the night to reach as many checkpoints as possible. Zombies were ready for them, hidden all along the course in bushes, dark alleys, corners, and on the dark IM fields. There were 5 checkpoints marked by a student-staff member with a handfull of glowsticks, and bonus glowsticks were hidden all along the course, enticing humans to take their chances in some of the darkest, most dangerous areas of the course.

At the end of the game, all the teams made it back on-time, but the flag football belts were certainly scarce. The winning team, The Supernaturals, ended up collecting all 5 checkpoint glowsticks, found a bonus glowstick on the course, and survived with all their flag football belts. Team members included Marcus Hauge, Jesse Jacobson, and Corey Muse. 

Zombies also competed with one another to see who could come back with the most flag football belts. That title went to Jackson Haider, who came back with 17 belts!

Campus Recreation cannot wait to host next year’s event, and hope to make the course even bigger and better, with more checkpoints, more zombies, and more challenges!

Best College Reviews has listed Colorado State University as the second best school for the outdoors in a list of 35 campuses, right behind Stanford University, and followed by the University of Colorado in Boulder. CSU’s vast and beautiful campus, as well as its easy access to the Rocky Mountains, were just two of the factors that helped the campus stand-out. 

From the article:


CSU has a beautiful and many-faceted campus, with 583 acres in central Fort Collins, as well as a 1,438 Foothills campus, a 1,575 acre agricultural campus, and 4,043 acres in research stations and Colorado State Forest Service stations. Similarly to Boulder, Fort Collins is at the foot of the Rockies. In between the town and mountains (and adjacent to the Foothill Campus) lies Horsetooth Reservoir, six and a half miles of water that can be used for fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, and scuba diving.

Outdoor student organizations at CSU include airsoft, fishing, climbing, mountaneering, Nordic skiing, skydiving, snowboarding, English riding, jousting, logging sports, longboarding, mountain horse riding, the outdoor club, and the Heisenberg Society (trebuchet builders).

Check out the rest of the list at Best College Review’s website.


Men’s Health online named Colorado State University’s Campus Recreation to their “Top 11 College Gyms” list in 2014. 

From the Article:

As the eighth-most-active state, according to a 2013 report from United Health Foundation, you would expect Colorado’s schools to house some spectacular recreation options. With a renovation that added 70,000 square feet to the building, the Colorado State University Campus Recreation Center is the crown jewel of the campus. “It went from a rectangular box with no connection to the outside to glass windows everywhere,” says David Frock, chair of the 2013 Outstanding Sports Facility Award Committee for the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. “The cardio weight area has one wall with huge double-decker glass looking out at the mountains.” 

The center also has five fitness studios, offering yoga, Tabata, TRX, and Zumba, as well as 33 acres of outdoor sand volleyball and basketball courts, an inline rink, and playing fields. Even the climbing walls offer many choices, including a standard indoor climbing wall, an outdoor bouldering area, and a wall that rises out of a pool, complete with waterfall and grotto wired with LED lights and music. Climb a route, then let go to plunge into the deep end. Memberships are not available to the general public. 


See the article on Men’s Health for more, and to see the other schools chosen.