It’s the beginning of a new school year (and the beginning of our new blog), which means it’s the perfect time to introduce Campus Recreation and what makes us awesome! It’s almost impossible to describe everything that the Rec department does in one blog post, but here are seven things you might not have already known about Campus Recreation and the Student Recreation Center.
1. The Climbing Center
The Climbing Center is one of the most impressive spaces in the SRC. At 44 feet, this wall is the tallest from Eugene to Sacramento. The Climbing Center offers bouldering, top-roping, and lead climbing. Plus, our wall was designed and built by SOU alumn Dustin Buckthal and his company Vertical Solutions.
2. Netflix and Cardio
Most of our cardio equipment on the fitness floor is connected to a system called Preva, which allows members to sign in to Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and more! So, next time you’re stuck in bed in the middle of a Netflix binge, un-stick yourself, come to the SRC and hit “next episode” on the treadmill.
3. The Oasis
College is stressful! Taking time for self-care and relaxation is essential for managing that stress. The Oasis is a relaxation room in the SRC with a massage chair, Bluetooth speaker, diffuser, and plenty of ~beachy vibes~. You can book 30-minute appointments online at recreation.sou.edu/wellness/oasis/ or in-person at the SRC.
4. The Video Game Lounge
New for fall 2019 is our Video Game Lounge! We have a PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, and plenty of games and controllers to check out at the front desk. Challenge your friends to a Super Smash Bros battle or Mario Kart tournament, or blow off steam between classes with Madden or NBA2K. Plus, keep an eye out for video game intramurals happening throughout the year!
5. Outdoor Program Gear Rentals
Didn’t have space in your tiny dorm/apartment to bring your snowboard, tent, paddleboard, and backpack? You can rent the gear you need for almost any outdoor adventure from the SOU Outdoor Program! Student pricing is super affordable ($4/day for a snowboard!), and our friendly Outdoor Program staff will make sure you’re outfitted properly for your adventure.
Everything we do at the Student Recreation Center is focused on sustainability. Last spring, the SRC was recognized as a LEED Gold certified building. Some other cool sustainability features of the building include solar panels on top of the SRC and the Boat Barn, lighting that meets BUG (backlight-uplight-glare) requirements (meaning it helps preserve dark night skies), and cleaning products that are Green Seal labeled.
7. We Hire Students
Between the Outdoor Program, SRC Operations, and Team Sports, Campus Rec employs over 50 students in a variety of different jobs. If you want to be even more involved with recreation, and get paid to hang out in the most fun place on campus, make sure to apply! Pro-tip, we usually hire most of our students at the end of the spring term for the following year – make sure to keep an eye out on Handshake and our social media for position openings.
You can learn more about Campus Recreation at SOU by visiting recreation.sou.edu, and keep up with new features and programs by following us on Instagram at @sou_recreation, or like our Facebook page SOU Campus Recreation.