Our excellent trainers and staff strive to provide top quality training and service to Campus Rec. This past spring, the Rec received multiple awards at the American Red Cross Recognition event that took place in Denver. Aquatics coordinator Nick Pfeifer and his Red Cross staff were awarded a Top Training Provider during 2018, placing third overall among all certified organizations in the state of Colorado!

NIck Pfeifer holding award from American Red Cross














“We certified a total of 389 people in 2018, which was the most among all colleges and universities in the state of Colorado,” says Nick. He elaborated that the only places in Colorado that certified more people through Red Cross programming were Denver Parks and Rec and the City of Longmont. This also means the Rec places first among campus recreation departments in Colorado. Nick and his team have shown immense dedication to the program and we are thrilled that their efforts have been formally recognized.

Campus Rec proudly offers Red Cross certification classes including First Aid, Lifeguarding, and CPR within the Aquatics program. These classes result in full certifications for the participants who attend and successfully pass all course components.  The American Red Cross classes are open to CSU students with a current Rec membership. Learn more about the course content, eligibility, and certification process on the Red Cross Classes page.

Yoga students stretchingFebruary is body positivity month and Campus Recreation is celebrating with a week of radical self-love. Rams can practice self-love however suits t


hem. There will be activities and encouragement throughout the Rec to help support anyone working to love themselves a little extra during the month of February.

Not sure where to start?…

5 Ways to Practice Self-love

1. Shower Yourself With Gratitude

Make yourself a hot drink, light a candle, and spread some lotion on those feet that have taken you so far. They deserve it and so do you!

2. Spend Time With Someone Who Makes You Happy

Building community reminds us that we’re not in it alone. Positive energy is contagious and you are worth a friend that values who you are.

3.  End Comparison

YOU are amazing. Period. End of sentence. Other people do not impact your value or importance.

4. Find Your Happy Place

Do you feel at peace in the mountains? Are you more yourself at the coffee shop down the street? Do you feel powerful at the gym? Or do you feel free down by the river? Go there… what’s stopping you?

5. Remind Yourself Who You Are

What are you most proud of? What have you concurred in this month? What do you want to thank yourself for? It’s important to remind yourself of these things.

Remember, Self-love is a battle we are all fighting and Campus Recreation wants to help you succeed.  If you are in need of further assistance, there are resources on campus like the  Health CenterCounseling Servicesand the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center

We Started a Podcast!

Rec Ramble is a podcast published by Campus Recreation started this spring semester. Its purpose is to begin conversations surrounding fitness and workout culture. The podcast is hosted by two of Campus Rec’s own employees, Sarah and Max. Sara Baheta is a third year studying International Studies, English, and Spanish. Max Peterson is a third year studying business with a Human Recourses concentration.

The Podcast can be found on Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Breaker, Pocket Casts, and Radio Public.


“Radical Self Love”

Because February is body positivity month, the most recent episode encompasses the theme of “Radical Self Love,” and was posted on Feb. 11th. “We talk about body image in general, gender in body image, about the non-binary community, social media and body image, and more,” Max said. The “Radical Self Love,” podcast also includes quotes from fellow Rec’ing Rams about their own body positivity experiences. “We don’t necessarily have the answers but we are starting the conversation, which is important,” Max said. 

The first episode of the Rec Ramble is titled, “Gymtimidation,” and was published in December. There will be at least six more episodes published in the Spring 2019 semester, so keep your ears open for a variety of upcoming topics. Sara and Max are looking for relevant conversations to speak about and they want your input. Email them at campusreccommunications@gmail.com to share relevant ideas and get involved.


Watch this Rec Ramble promo video to learn more!



Colorado State University Campus Recreation professional and student staff attended the NIRSA Conference in Boston, MA, an annual gathering of higher education recreation and sports staff from across the country and Canada. For the fifth year in a row, the marketing team at Campus Recreation won several marketing and communications awards, adding four new trophies for a total of 14 awards.

1st Place, Student-Created Video: I Am A Woman

CSU was awarded first place in the student-created videography category for their video, I Am A Woman, created and produced by former student staff member, José Sáenz. The video was a collaborative effort between marketing and the Outdoor Program staff and highlights the experiences of woman-identified outdoor trip leaders at Colorado State University.

2nd Place, Video: Rec’ing Ramifesto

Awards and ribbons

A second place award was won for Campus Recreation’s internal staff training video, Rec’ing Ramifesto. The video was created and produced by the entire student staff marketing team along with the professional staff member and is used to help set the tone and culture for new employees working with Campus Recreation. Narrated by Stefani Shamrowicz, the 3-minute video walks staff through the values and mission of the department and highlights the various positions held by students.

Creators: José Sáenz, Nick Wasmundt, Bailey McCaffrey, Jenna Fischer, Claire Stanziale, Stefani Shamrowicz, Sara Baheta, Brian Dusek, Brooke Flaten, Brit Heiring

1st Place & Best in Show, T-Shirt: Staff Shirt

Two final marketing awards were given for the 2018 staff shirt design, both a first place prize and a best in show ribbon. The 2018 staff shirt, given to all Campus Recreation staff members, was selected out hundreds of t-shirts from across the country and Canada as the stand-out design of the year. The shirt was designed by professional staff member, Brit Heiring.

Rec staff shirt

Individual Awards: Research and Service, Taylor Sidore & Erin Patchett


In addition to the marketing and communications awards, two professional staff members walked away from the conference with individual awards for their work in the field.

Taylor Sidore, Fitness Coordinator, won the NIRSA Annual Service Award for her work as a Graduate Assistant at Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as the NIRSA Region V student leader. During her time as the student leader, Taylor developed a guide for future NIRSA regional student leaders to help them in their positions.

Erin Patchett, Associate Director for Administration, won a NIRSA Research Award to support her work as a PhD candidate. Erin’s research seeks to identify the factors that influence recreation professionals’ involvement in social justice and will be conducted later this year. To read more, visit this link on the NIRSA website.

Congratulations to all the award winners!

Established in 2005, The Colorado State University Crew Team practices in the early morning from the Inlet Bay Marina at Horsetooth Reservoir. With about two major Regatta’s a semester, the team practices four days a week. The 20 members on the coed team worked hard to represent CSU this fall season. The mission: “to provide a fun and competitive rowing experience to novice and experienced rowers at Colorado State University. We emphasize team bonding and leadership in order to create a more cohesive team and provide opportunities for growth to both the team and each of our rowers,” demonstrates the team’s work ethic and passion for inclusion. It was humbling for me to wake up hours before dawn and observe this group of students train while the rest of Fort Collins slept. This story follows the team’s journey practicing on open water. During the winter season, with low water levels and frozen fingers, the team conditions on indoor erg rowing machines. The following photos were taken between September and early November when the reservoir was safe to row on.

Students at a lake

The Hill

Members head to the dock during a Saturday practice. On weekdays, practice begins at 5:00 a.m. “We walk down this hill in the dark!… If you’ve been on the team long enough, you’ve definitely fallen down that hill,” said treasurer and varsity rower Megan Daly.

Crew at dock

Colostate Crew

The CSU Crew team shares the dock with the Fort Collins Rowing Association. The team owns three 8-person boats. They also borrow a quad and a single from the FCRA.

Crew out on lake

Women’s Novice 8

The Women’s Novice 8 practices taking their first strokes as a crew. Rowing half of the boat at a time helps keep the boat set for the other rowers. This way, they can practice stroking techniques.

Crew members carrying boat

“Up and Over Heads!”

Mia Twinam and Claire Wilson walk the boat to the racks after a hot practice. Twinam and Wilson both joined the team at the same time, becoming close friends through their shared experience.

Crew member carrying boat at night

Years of Experience

Pieter Van Leeuwen is in his first semester at CSU, but has plenty of rowing experience behind him. He started in 8th grade in Littleton, Colorado. “This lady on the beach was like ‘why is there a child on the adult boat?!'” He later joined the youth boat league and rowed during all four years of high school. “I used to medal as a kid because no one’s like 6’5.”

Crew member carrying boat

Down to Shoulders

Sean Arnold, a junior geography major, helps place the boat on the rack. There are different commands the coxswain will say to help the team rack and rerack the boat:

  1. Hands-on
  2. Up and overheads
  3. Down to shoulders
  4. Down to waist
  5. One arm over
  6. Starting with bow go under
  7. Lift
  8. Onto racks
Student crew members lifting boat above their heads


This semester is Claire’s fourth season on the team. She is in charge of travel and safety. It is her duty to make sure the team is safe on and off the water. “Horsetooth acts like this wind tunnel, so the water can be really calm inside the inlet and then you’ll get whitecaps out on the reservoir. You can row, but you feel like a Viking. You can row through it, but you’ll get a good four inches of water at the bottom of the boat.”

Crew out on the lake at night

“Where is My Team?”

The Rocky Mountain Rowdown Scrimmage took place in Boulder. Rowing teams from across Colorado race to see where they stand against one another. CSU Crew does not own a trailer that can transport their boats, so they rely on the home team to provide boats to race in. This adds adversity at times because they are not always given the best boats.

Crew carrying boat on the dock

Boulder Boat

Megan Daly brings oars to the Men’s Novice 4 before launching for the race. The team must be quick to launch off the dock to maintain order and flow in the competition. It was sweet seeing so many parents and friends come out to support their rowers despite the cold.

Crew boat out on lake


Amanda Potter coxes the Mixed 4 as they warm up for their race. Amanda commutes to practice and school every morning from Denver. The journey takes about an hour without traffic. When I found this out, any complaints I had about waking up early vanished.

Crew carrying boat on shoulders

Cold Shoulders

Despite a chilly 40-degree morning in Boulder, rowers must race in uniform. Getting backsplashed with cold water does not help. Meanwhile, I stayed warm by wearing three jackets and two pairs of pants.

Kassandra Krohn carrying boat


Kassandra Krohn is a junior majoring in environmental engineering. She grew up in Seattle, Washington, and was used to seeing people row on the river during high school. “Sophomore year came and Katie and I were just bored and wanted something to do. We tried rugby for a couple days and then joined the crew team!”

Crew practicing out on the lack

Final Strokes

Women’s Varsity came in with top times against CU Boulder and the University of Denver. “When I can’t do it for myself, I do it for someone else,” said Mary Ellendorf, motivating newer team members.

Claire Wilson picks up Mia Twinam before the post regatta breakfast


Claire Wilson picks up Mia Twinam before the post regatta breakfast. Both joined crew at the same time and Mia is the current Vice President of the team. This was Mia’s first time coxing during a race and the microphone on her boat was not working. “I had to yell really loud but its alright, we made it through. Coxing is much better than I initially thought… it definitely takes a learning curve.” Mia learned to cox with the varsity men’s boat last semester. “They had all done it for years so that was super helpful… they were willing to critique me as I was coxing them. I definitely think I’ve done a significantly better job this semester. I still have lots to learn, but I felt confident in the calls.”

The lake at night

Boats in the Night

The majority of practice is held in the dark. The white line of light on the right of this photo shows the trail of a team boat. Meanwhile, the other half of the team keeps warm on the dock by doing dynamic exercises. Practice is split in half because only a few boats can go out at a time. The scene is tranquil with the trailing voice of the coxwain commanding the boat. “Sometimes we just lay on the dock and look at the stars,” said Megan Daly.

To view the full photo story, visit https://www.chiaragarland.com/csu-crew

More information about the Colorado State crew team can be found here: