Rec Center featured in magazine’s cover story

So it’s not People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive or the cover of Sports Illustrated, but Colorado State University’s Student Recreation Center recently made the cover of a magazine devoted to such facilities.

CSU’s Student Recreation Center, an award-winning building that has been featured in numerous “Best Of” lists and is dedicated to CSU’s health and fitness needs, was the top story in the January/February issue of Campus Rec, a national publication for college and university rec centers.

While CSU’s Student Recreation Center has undergone major renovations in recent years, those were not the main reason it earned the cover shot on the magazine. The publication was more interested in the way the center focuses on emotional health and development in addition to its many offerings for physical well-being.

“We focus on professional and personal development,” said Brittany Heiring, communications manager for Campus Recreation. “We also care deeply for our student staff, and though this model isn’t necessarily new, the environment and culture we have been able to create is unique and growing in popularity.”

Sticking to values

She said that Judy Muenchow, executive director of Campus Recreation, has created an atmosphere for each department to thrive and remain true to Campus Rec values, which are community, development and integrity.

“We live by those and that is very clear to our colleagues across the country, both by looking at our website or by coming to the facility and looking at how we do our training for our students or how we deliver our programs and services,” Muenchow told the magazine. “I believe that the heart and soul of Campus Recreation at CSU is our values, and we reflect those values in everything we do. It makes CSU maybe not unique, but respected.”

“Our work areas are structured so that we are able to interject our own creativity into our jobs because we are experts in that space,” added Heiring. “We are given that autonomy and that trust, and that creates an excellent work culture.”

Campus Recreation is a member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association, a nationwide association that serves as leaders in collegiate recreation.

“The pristine Student Recreation Center at CSU brings the atmosphere of the Colorado outdoors and nature inside, providing a high-quality recreation experience for students,” the magazine wrote.

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