SCSU Strategic Planning & Reporting
1998-99
Student Life & Development

DEPARTMENT: Sport Facilities and Campus Recreation
DIRECTOR: Ron Seibring
PHONE NUMBER: (320) 255-3325

MISSION:

The mission of the Department of Sport Facilities and Campus Recreation is to provide, or partner with others in providing, a broad program of sport, fitness, wellness and outdoor activities for students of all ability levels in order to enhance their academic productivity, personal effectiveness, and commitment to their quality of life. Further, the department will provide the management of the institutions sport facilities to maximize student recreational opportunities while providing support to the mission of other units utilizing these facilities.

Execution of this mission ensures the accomplishment of the following departmental goals:

  1. Quality programs and services will be provided to meet the physical, mental and social well being of the campus community.
  2. A "something for everyone" program offering will allow for diverse participation opportunities.
  3. Participants will develop the skills necessary to pursue healthy lifetime leisure activity.
  4. The academic, athletic and recreational needs of the university community will be provided quality sport facilities as laboratories for meeting their individual needs.
  5. The institutions' mission of service to the community will be complemented through programs generated and supported by the department.
  6. Students will develop as individuals and team members, leaders and followers, and as competitors and collaborators.

OPERATING PRINCIPLES:

We are committed to:

  • Providing the highest quality services possible to our constituents.
  • Respecting differences and working toward greater diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Demonstrating civility in all discourse.
  • Responsible use of fiscal and human resources to serve students in fulfilling the goals of Student Life and Development and the university mission.

DEPARTMENTAL STRENGTHS:

  1. Innovative professional staff committed to professional development.
  2. Strong on ice recreation opportunities.
  3. Strong revenue production opportunities from facility rental, especially from the National Hockey Center.
  4. Professional staff willing to take risks to provide a variety of programs to students.
  5. Strong relationship and history with university departments' in providing cooperative programs.
  6. Strong relationship and history with the community in providing outreach programs and developing university/community relations.
  7. Good mediator for creating working relationships between Physical Education, Athletics, and Campus Recreation.
  8. Strong relationship between student employees and professional staff leading to the development of quality student leaders.
  9. Provide outstanding student employment learning opportunities.
  10. Strong "student first" mentality and stewardship for student activity fee dollars.
  11. Strong community service provider.

DEPARTMENTAL WEAKNESSES:

  1. Departments' ability to appropriately promote its programs and services to the total campus community is limited. Budget available and expertise in this area needs strengthening.
  2. Ability to monitor and assist sport clubs in their general operation and development.
  3. University financial support is not adequate for demands on programs. This has led to a dependence on facility rental for program maintenance and growth which leads to forced compromise of opportunities to our students.
  4. Limited resources provided to the department to support faculty/staff programming so that it is not at student expense.
  5. Ability to track revenue and expenses in a fashion which can better direct program efforts and growth clearly shows a need for a department business manager.
  6. Department has many facility weaknesses including
    • Extremely limited weight training space which is not meeting the campus demand and restricts growth.
    • Limited access to studio space to provide aerobic dance activities in a timely/professional fashion.
    • Lack of open/free play indoor court space for informal recreation which is especially true from 2:00pm - 11:00pm from November through March.
    • Facilities lack decor and atmosphere conducive to providing a welcoming, comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Facilities have been designed primarily to meet the intercollegiate or academic need of the university which is typical of facilities built in the era they were built. Our ability to change this decor has been limited by university priority, multiple users, and budgetary restraints.
    • Facilities lack social/gathering places to meet leisure needs of our users.
    • Inability to provide adequate outdoor field space to meet existing demand.
    • Extremely limited opportunity for summer programming based on budget allocation and space availability.
    • Limited office space and work space for a growing department.

DEPARTMENTAL OPPORTUNITIES:

  1. With the addition of a full time position in experiential programming, opportunities in challenge programming, student leadership and outings are in their infant stages and we will grow extensively in this area.
  2. T he addition of a full time position in fitness programming, our fitness programs will become safer, more professional and more numerous.
  3. With the addition of the above two new positions opportunity exists to generate revenue from new programs which can help support growth and opportunity.
  4. Additional opportunities for student development in both of these areas have tremendous potential.
  5. Current funding requests of the state legislature address several of our facility shortfalls.
    • The Eastman renovation will have a tremendous impact on our access to space and it's "environment".
    • A new floor for the main gym and fieldhouse, new painting of the fieldhouse, and a signage plan all address facility problems.
    • A lighting plan of our rec fields will help meet field space needs.
  6. The change in leadership in the area of continuing studies department, as well as a new direction taken by physical education may make non-credit and credit producing activities more of a reality on campus. This is especially true in the areas of fitness programming and experiential training.
  7. The development of a dome in the community may create a venue which can be used for Campus Recreation as well as take some pressure off of our existing facilities.

DEPARTMENTAL THREATS:

  1. Increased competition for existing space by academics and intercollegiate athletics may make it more difficult to meet the demands of our student population.
  2. Increased revenue demands by intercollegiate athletics may compromise our ability to generate revenue by limiting our access to space or our ability to keep revenue generated.
  3. The more "dependent" intercollegiate athletics becomes on our services and the more "positive" exposure we create for the university, the more intercollegiate athletics may wish to have us in their organizational structure. This structure will destroy our "student first" philosophy.
  4. Current negotiations on signing into an exclusive beverage contract must include resources being directed directly to our department. Without such we could loose thousands of dollars of support of existing programs and future program development may be stifled.
  5. Increased demands for facility modifications by intercollegiate athletics to meet their needs threaten our ability to provide facilities which meet the general student populations needs.
  6. The growth of our department, both in size and scope, is placing new demands on support staff which in time will not be able to be met. Planning for increases in our clerical and business management staff must take place and resources to provide these persons must be secured.
  7. The south side community surrounding SCSU is going through a significant transformation. The number of youth living in this area is growing tremendously. The increase in inappropriate access, vandalism, and crime created by this population is on a steady increase and threatens our environment for students.

EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT:

  1. Campus Recreation opportunities and facilities availability is an important aspect prospective students evaluate when choosing what institution they will attend.
  2. Retention rates can be shown to be tied to the quality of recreational opportunity available to students. This is especially true when looking specifically at minority students.
  3. Opportunities for creating a diverse population and meeting diverse needs has become central to the mission of higher education and this mission can be supported significantly through Campus Recreation Programs.
  4. High school students are more sedentary and unfit than in any other time in American history. They are also participating in more unsafe behavior related to smoking and drinking than ever.
  5. Stresses on students time are more severe than in the past, especially when related to work and school. This requires access to facilities at unusual times and puts greater strain on existing staff and facilities.
  6. The cost of employing students is increasing dramatically. The shortage in the work force has significantly increased wages.
  7. Our student population age continues to change to an older population. More non traditional students are attending our universities and students are taking longer to graduate.
  8. The Minnesota political environment values creating partnerships with other MnSCU institutions, especially between colleges located within the same community.
  9. Students' expectations are higher. They are coming to campus from high school programs or the private sector having experienced high quality facilities and programs.

TRENDS:

  1. Campus Recreation is being looked at as a valuable tool in developing a sense of community on campus.
  2. Demand for outdoor/experiential programming and fitness programming opportunities are growing dramatically. This relates to the growing demand for individualized programming especially in lifetime leisure opportunities and the value of these programs in creating teams, self confidence and a sense of community among participants.
  3. Students are funding their own facilities for Campus Recreation which are not "shared" with academics and athletics but are designed to meet student recreation needs.
  4. Campus Recreation Departments are more actively providing programming for community, to generate revenue to provide student opportunity and to promote university outreach.
  5. Universities are using quality recreation facilities as recruitment tools. Examples of this are easy to see in the private college setting in Minnesota.
  6. Professional staff in the area of Campus Recreation are becoming much more specialized. Full time staff are less likely to administer everything and more apt to be experts in their chosen field.
  7. To some students, cost is not a factor in being provided quality individualized fitness opportunities. However, this is creating classes of students (the have's & have not's).
  8. Campus Recreation Departments are being charged with creatively generating credits for the institution. This is especially true in activity classes, staff training, and experiential training.

University Themes

Academic Distinction goes to the heart of the University's aspirations and springs from its heritage of excellence.

Student Life Goal

Student Life and Development will, through its programs, services and cooperative ventures with faculty, compliment the academic mission of the university. In addition, SL&D will provide students with distinctive opportunities to develop cultural, sensitivity, leadership, social and career oriented skills necessary for future success.

Sport Facilities and Campus Recreation Objectives

Objective 1.

The Department will serve as a laboratory for the application of skills learned in the classroom as well as an arena to learn new skills to complement their academic learning.

  • The department provides supervision to a number of undergraduate students completing academic internships within our department.
  • The department provides a wide range of programs and services which are administered by undergraduate and graduate student volunteers and employees. These students utilize skills that are learning in the classroom as well as skills being learned and developed through our program training.
    1. Intramurals - students are utilized as programmers, supervisors, officials and in marketing.
    2. Fitness Programming - students are utilized as instructors of aerobic activity, personal trainers, supervisors and instructors of weight training and cardiovascular spaces, providers of personal assessment, marketers and program planners.
    3. Aquatics - students are utilized as lifeguards, swim lesson instructors, and programmers.
    4. Outdoor Endeavors - students are utilized as instructors of clinics for outdoor activity skill development, trip leaders, equipment management and repair, programmers and in marketing.
    5. Just for Kids (children's program) - students develop programs, market these programs and lead activities for children.
    6. Facilities Management - students serve as building managers, security and event managers in the administration of our sport facilities. Students conduct liability reviews, provide for first aid care, serve as home contest management for intercollegiate hockey, manage concessions operations, serve as our university liaison to community rentors of our facilities and administer our emergency procedures within the facility.
    7. Outcome measure: To prepare students for the wide variety of responsibilities listed above we assess their ability, conduct a wide variety of training and evaluations throughout their employment, and increase responsibility for students as they become ready.
  • Student participants can apply and refine skills learned in academic programs through participation in departmental programs.
  • The department provides team building experiences for a number of classes and student organizations focusing on the development of skills in leadership, cultural diversity and value in differences, communication, trust, self-esteem development and team work.

Objective 2.

The department partners with academic and SL&D units in providing programs designed to prepare students for higher education and increase their chances for success.

  • The department is a member of the New Student Days committee charged with creating programs which welcome students to campus and creates an environment which will more likely lead students to success.
  • The department works with Minority Student Programs in summer programming designed to give participants an understanding of higher education and prepares them for the start of their university career.
  • The department provides team building programs and recreation to Japanese students participating in the English as a Second Language program.

Objective 3.

The Department will assist the university in scheduling, maintaining and securing quality sport facilities, equipment and supplies to support the academic units utilizing the facilities and services of the department.

Existing or continuing efforts

  • The department coordinates work orders between academic departments and buildings and grounds trying to insure that repair and cleaning is conducted in a timely fashion.
  • The department is charged with scheduling all use of facilities beyond the regular scheduled academic class schedule. The department works closely with academic departments making space available to instructors to meet additional class needs.
  • The department partners with academic units to secure and maintain a wide variety of equipmentand supplies to support class functions.
  • The department assists in providing set-up for classes conducted throughout the sport facilities.

Future Initiatives

The department will develop a new low elements and high ropes course which will significantly increase program offerings in the area of experiential education. A much broader program can be provided in this area.

With the development of the experiential education program a number of students will be trained as facilitators of these programs. A variety of degree programs relate to this area including recreation, education, criminal justice, counseling, and applied psychology.

We would like to develop a university master plan for sport facilities which directs our allocation of resources and identifies future needs. This plan can then give some guidance to how we should develop our facilities, identifies the needs of all units utilizing our facilities and hopefully allows growth of individual units while recognizing the value and needs of all areas using the facilities.

Equipment resources need to be better managed to meet both the academic needs and recreational sport needs. Currently not all equipment is shared and Physical Education manages its equipment while Campus Recreation separately manages its equipment. Better joint purchases of equipment and supplies and joint planning and inventory may provide better service to both areas. A shared position of equipment manager would facilitate this initiative.

New outdoor endeavor programs may be developed to facilitate orientation of new students and better create interaction and connections between faculty, international students, minority students and other students.

The department should become a credit producing program taking advantage of the numerous training's and programs offered to students. Credit producing programs in experiential education, fitness programming, officiating, and possibly other activity areas may be developed.

The department will continue to partner with academic programs to jointly provide activities which meet recreational needs while also creating learning opportunities for programmers.

The department will work with the Physical Education Department in securing and maintaining a state of the art computer lab for use by students in Halenbeck Hall.

A Service Community will lead to a more respectful and secure campus environment for everyone.

Student Life Goal

Student Life and Development will put students first in everything that we do. Guided by periodic assessments, we will provide the highest quality student services possible, cognizant of the diverse needs of our students. Further, SL & D will model and advance the values of civility and service to others in an effort to develop a safer and more effective living-learning community.

Sport Facilities and Campus Recreation Objectives

Objective 1.

The Department will provide quality, diverse recreation venues and programs to meet the needs of our student population.

Existing or continuing efforts

  • The department is responsible for the management of all sport facilities on campus. Given that most of the sport facility space is "shared" space with academics and intercollegiate athletics, it is the departments' responsibility to insure that student recreational access and special event access remains a priority. It is also the departments responsibility to ensure that as other units make request for change (and buildings and grounds repairs and renovates the space) that the needs of the students are considered. (Appendix A for all sport facilities)
  • The department is charged with generating revenue to support new and existing programs, to generate community outreach and to support the universities revenue enhancement program. These functions are balanced against needs and access of our students. The department is responsible for ensuring that these needs are considered whenever access to space may be necessary.
  • The department provides a wide range of programs to meet student recreational needs. These programs are designed to meet a diverse population wishing to participate for a multitude of reasons and in a variety of ways. Therefore the following program units are provided:
    1. Intramurals- provide the opportunity for students to participate in a reasonably competitive program, get exercise and have fun. Activities are scheduled to permit students to perform the sports skills they have acquired, and also to aid in the development of new skills in an activity they enjoy. Over 7,000 students participate in the 24 team events scheduled throughout the year and over 500 students participate in the 14 individual events scheduled.
    2. Sport Clubs- are designed to meet the needs of the students' interested in pursuing a special sports interest by providing them an opportunity to learn, train, participate and compete. Approximately 15 clubs support over 300 students in competitive, intellectual, and instructional club activities.
    3. Fitness Programs- This division of the program provides a wide variety of fitness opportunities for students to participate. The Eastman Fitness Center provides supervised workouts on Cybex equipment, free weights, and aerobic machines for students. Over 1,100 students purchase memberships to this facility each semester. The Aerobics Fitness Program provides students a chance to stay physically fit through aerobic workouts led by trained instructors. Over 25 hours of instruction are provided throughout the week. Classes are taught both in our sport facilities as well as in the residents halls to best meet participants needs. The Fitness Assessment program provides a health awareness opportunity for students. Assessments give a baseline for fitness level and direct individuals toward activity and more healthy lifestyles. The Personal Training program provides an opportunity to receive one on one training and is most used by those needing more direction and motivation. Finally, the Fitness Incentive Program is a semester activity designed to reward individuals participating in fitness and making healthy lifestyle choices.
    4. Aquatics- This program provides students with over 45 hours of open and lap swimming opportunities. Trained lifeguards are provided at all hours of use to provide safe, enjoyable access. Hours of pool availability are chosen by assessing interest and availability of the facility.
    5. Outdoor Endeavors- This program is designed to meet needs of those wishing leisure opportunities in the outdoors. The program offers outdoor equipment for rental with some at no cost. Over 30 clinics, trips, and speakers are offered to allow students to explore and learn more about outdoor opportunities. The program also provides open access to a boldering rock climbing wall.
    6. Just For Kids (Children's Program)- This program is intended to meet the needs of non-traditional students with children. Often times the best way to program for this population is to provide opportunities for their families. Programs are offered two Friday's per month with children being provided games, sport instruction, crafts, etc.
    7. Informal Recreation- This is time set aside for drop-in or unstructured activities that take place within a leisure atmosphere. Due to it's unstructured characteristics the informal or "open" recreation program may be the answer to our "something for everyone" philosophy. We attempt to set aside time for open recreation throughout the day to insure that there is always unstructured play opportunities when Campus Recreation has access to the facilities.
  • The Department serves as a resource for assisting student organizations in meeting their own recreational needs. Working with the International Student Association, Council of Pakistani Students, Hmong Student Association, Residential Life, fraternities, sororities, University Program Board and others, the department provides support for creating, designing and facilitating their own programs. Cricket tournaments, international nights, battle of the hall stars, and dive-in-drive-in's are but a few of the countless programs offered yearly.
  • The Department is committed to working with students in providing it's venues and professional support for activities which may not be recreational in nature but are supportive of the University's' mission. Programs such as Mecha and the Hmong student recruiting fairs/festivals, the American Indian Pow Wow, University Program Board concerts, are a few examples of these relationships.
  • The Department provides classes and clinics on skill development in lifetime leisure activity so that they can have the skills necessary to enjoy participation in a wide variety of activities.

Objective 2.

The Department will generate and facilitate programs which instill a spirit of service to others amongst volunteers, staff and the general university community.

  • The Department is extremely active in providing services and support to community service organizations. The Department is a host to Special Olympics participants for practices throughout the winter. It has been responsible for hosting the State Special Olympics summer games and has hosted the winter games three times. The department also is actively involved in providing opportunities for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. This involvement has included creating a program held annually called the "Bear Hibernation" which provides over 500 second grade cub scouts an overnight recreation experience in Halenbeck Hall. A variety of scouting groups participate in training and recreation programs in swimming, and rock climbing and we are very active with them in allowing access to space for self designed programs.
  • The Department programs a very large and successful New Year's Eve Family Program to provide quality, non-alcohol alternatives to the community.
  • The Department has been actively involved in the organization and administration of the Star of the North State Games which is the largest amateur sports event in the state.
  • The Department is working with agencies in the community to provide supervised recreational programming for low income youth living in the south side community.
  • The Department sponsors children's programs which are open to the community and include the Boo Bash which has over 150 youth participants, as well as the Super Friday programs, offered two Fridays per month. These programs offer organized recreation activities that provide children with the opportunity to achieve success, build confidence and develop self esteem.
  • The Department conducts American Red Cross swim lessons to over 50 youth on Saturday mornings throughout the academic year.
  • The Department conducts American Red Cross first aid and CPR training throughout campus to provide students and staff with a better understanding of the skills necessary to provide appropriate emergency care when needed.
  • The Sport Club program is active in participating in community service projects throughout the community.
  • The Department provides leadership training to a wide variety of non-profit and school organizations in order to facilitate growth within their organization and to prepare them to work more effectively as individuals and as teams.
  • The Departments' sports officials club actively officiates various sports at area schools, city recreation programs and youth programs. This provides much needed service for the community while providing our students an opportunity to develop their skills.

Objective 3.

The Department will provide leadership and experiential programs to enhance the development of teamwork, communication skills, understanding and acceptance of difference and other skills necessary for development of leaders.

  • The Department provides over 150 student employees with numerous training programs to insure their and our success. The student positions of lifeguard, office staff, security, fitness programmers, sports officials, program assistants, building managers, children's programmers, trip leaders, challenge course facilitators and others require varying levels of training and expertise. Significant effort and countless hours go into this training. These positions also place students into real life work situations requiring decision making, conflict resolution, communication skills, etc. The students are also evaluated on their skill and performance and provide feedback on how to be more successful.
  • The Department provides structured experiential learning programs to students through the challenge course program. This program of group interaction provides participants a venue to discover skills necessary to operate as a team and be productive in a diverse society. Student groups participating in this experience include student government, all floors in Holes Hall as part of their "freshman experience", other residence halls and a wide variety of other student groups and athletic teams. The department also partners with the Student Organizations Office to provide similar training as part of their leadership training series.
  • The Department provides outdoor trips which place students, as participants and leaders, into situations requiring decision making, communication, conflict resolution, safety, etc. We than discuss these situations both while on the trip and when they return to grasp and reinforce the value of these situations and how we can learn from them.
  • The Department works with the sport club program training student club officers in how to administer their club, the value and importance of good decision making, scheduling procedures, budget management, etc.
  • The Department partners with a variety of other university departments and organizations in providing interactions to their clients to foster a welcoming, community spirit. Example of this would include the Math Science Youth Program and the Japanese Student Exchange.

Future Initiatives

High quality, aesthetically pleasing recreation space needs to be created for the campus community. This will take place in the form of renovation of current space. A master plan first should be developed followed by plans to finance such projects. This master plan should place an emphasis on quality, aesthetics and access.

Projects already in process include:

  • Renovation of Eastman Hall into an informal recreation space. Particular attention needs to be placed on the size of the weight room/fitness center, lounge space, temperature control and access control.
  • A new floor, sound system, and bleachers are needed in the main gymnasium of Halenbeck Hall.
  • A new floor, painting of the walls and ceiling need to be provided in the fieldhouse.
  • Renovation of the air handling system in Halenbeck Hall to provide a better environment.
  • New signage to make the Halenbeck facilities more user friendly.

Other projects which should be included in this master plan include:

  • Renovation of the Halenbeck weight room to have a ceiling added to split the space in half, moving the PERSS Human Performance program to this space. The vacated space than can be renovated to provide additional office space, lounge space, additional rest rooms and better access control in Halenbeck Hall south.
  • Renovate locker room spaces to provide aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, safe accommodations.
  • Develop Selke field into a Campus Recreation space to meet the field space needs of the club and intramural program. This is dependent on the move of the football program to a domed stadium.
  • The Halenbeck recreation fields.

Growth in opportunity and quality of program units should be planned for in the future. This growth should result in the following

  • Hiring of a full time coordinator of business operations and marketing for the department.
  • Intramurals - Growing demand for quality officiating and increased opportunity and quality will necessitate increases in staffing. This increase will need to come in graduate assistant support or full time support.
  • Sport Clubs - Graduate assistant support to assist clubs in fund raising, trip management, schedule development, and possibly trip planning and supervision
  • Fitness programs - This program will need to meet future trends in the fitness industry making strides in providing more personal fitness training opportunities, increased assessment opportunities, more instructional programming in beginning and advance weight training, sports nutrition, and a wide variety of aerobic conditioning opportunities. Training of staff to provide such programs will be a major component of this program.
  • Aquatics programming - The risk associated with this program being administered by students simply must be resolved. This area needs a full time staff member to coordinate programming and training of staff. Opportunities to partner this position with athletics or academics must be thoroughly investigated to provide resolution to this challenge. Increased hours of access to our pools, especially in Eastman Hall should be provided given access to appropriate funding.
  • Outdoor Endeavors - In order to better serve our student population we must continue to expand our equipment base, equipment quality, trip planning, cost effective trips, and informational clinics. A combination of increased revenues and student fees will provide these increased revenues. An addition of a graduate assistant position for management and trip planning may be necessitated to meet this goal.
  • Children's programming- This program will expand to include summer day camp programs, increased family programs, possibly after school programs, birthday party opportunities and a variety of other programs.
  • Experiential program - Dramatic growth in this area should be seen in this area. An outdoor low and high challenge course, complimented by an indoor low and high challenge course and a portable low course should be in operation. Within three years this program should be self sufficient in operation.
  • An entirely new program unit of non-credit instruction and credit instruction should be a program offering within the department within three years. This program will be addressed more thoroughly in the academic distinction area of this document.

Generation of revenue from new programs offered to students and the community , as well as increased university support ,will be critical to meeting our future initiative efforts. However, the return in retention, recruitment, and sense of community will show, through assessment, that the return is worth the investment.

Diversity and Justice will allow the University to better serve our rapidly changing world and foster a community of people of many backgrounds and perspectives working successfully together.

Student Life Goal

Student Life and Development through staff contacts, programs and services will foster an understanding of human differences and promote a just community in which every student is free to learn and grow.

Departments within Student Life and Development will provide a supportive, civil and welcoming environment for all members of the university community.

SL&D will improve staff understanding of human differences and needs as they pertain to the delivery of services.

Sport Facilities and Campus Recreation Objectives

Existing or continuing efforts

Objective 1.

The Department will program, or partner with others in programming, a wide variety of programs which meet the diverse needs of the campus community.

  • The department works with a variety of student organizations in facilitating their special recreational sport needs. Included in this would be:
    • Providing space and program support for the Council of Pakistani Students in weekly cricket programming and the annual MnSCU cricket championships.
    • Working with the Hmong Student Association in programming weekly recreational activities for their organization.
    • Working with MeCha and the Hmong Student Association in developing recruitment fairs and overnight recreation lock-ins.
    • Working with the American Indian Center in programming the annual pow-wow, fun run, and housing and providing recreation to students participating in recruitment activities on campus.
    • Working with a variety of other international students in providing informal recreation opportunities to meet their unique needs and interests.
  • The department works with Minority Student Programs in summer programming designed to give participants an understanding of higher education and prepares them for the start of their university career.
  • The department provides a wide range of activity programs for all students to participate. Recreation often times provides an ideal medium for different cultures to participate together toward a common goal.
  • The department actively works with outside agencies, when facilities are available, to provide recreation to minority youth within the community. This activity provides a much needed service to this community as well as educates studention on programs and services to the University and St. Cloud area community utilizing updated technology.
  • The department has developed a web sight which lists information related to policies and procedures of Campus Recreation.

Future initiatives

We would like to develop a website which is more complete with program information related to Campus Recreation.

  • Allows registration for programs electronically.
  • ively with international students in providing volunteer experience in programming the New Year's Eve Family Fun Fest.

Objective 2.

The Department will conduct training programs for its student and full time staff which fosters an understanding of human difference and diversity as well as the importance of quality customer service.

  • The department conducts and participates in a number of training programs designed to educate our staff on the value of diversity, the differences in cultures recreational needs, and the importance of consistent enforcement of policies and procedures and customer service.
  • The department continually evaluates its policies and procedures to insure that they are equitable and fair.
  • The department makes a conscious effort to discuss diversity in most of its staff meetings and student training's.
  • The department tries to display the value of diversity to community members brought onto our campus to participate in our programs. Sport camp programs and children's programs which we host provide the best opportunity to display these values. Policies and procedures have been implemented which demonstrate to participants the value of diversity and our expectations.

Future Initiatives

The department needs to take an active role in developing programs which foster interaction of cultures to better educate all students on differences and to facilitate a more caring, accepting environment. Experiential programming may provide the best vehicle for this interaction.

The department needs to become more diverse within its staff. Efforts need to be made to hire more minorities as well as to partner with international students, possibly through volunteer opportunities, to make our staff more diverse.

The department advisory committee needs to become more active. Membership of the committee includes a representative of minority student programs and international programs. However, participation in the past has been limited and special effort must be initiated to develop this committee.

The Halenbeck Hall facilities need to be upgraded to provide more social/lounge space to foster interaction. After recreational participation students need a space to relax and interact. This interaction would allow diverse populations to better get to know each other.

Studies show that students place a high value on recreation opportunities in their choice of an institution as well as in retention of these students. These same studies show that minorities place an even higher value on these services. Our facilities need repair and upgrade to reflect the institutions value of excellence.

Information Technology is an important tool to realize many strategies.

Student Life Goal

Student Life and Development will develop and utilize information technology ethically and appropriately to improve services and program access to students and other constituents, with the goals of enhancing academic success and learning in the context of global society.

Sport Facilities and Campus Recreation Objectives

Objective 1.

The Department will provide information on programs and services to the University and St. Cloud area community utilizing updated technology.

  • The department has developed a web sight which lists information related to policies and procedures of Campus Recreation.

Future initiatives

We would like to develop a web sight which is more complete and can provide the following functions.

  • The sight clearly and concisely identifies all program information related to Campus Recreation.
  • Allows registration for programs electronically.
  • League and tournament schedules and updates can be provided over the web site.
  • Facility requests and schedules would be available on this site.

Develop a variety of E-mail list serves for special interest groups such as outings enthusiasts, intramural participants, fitness enthusiasts, to better target relevant program information.

Objective 2.

The Department will provide a venue to improve communication with and amongst student and full time staff.

  • The department is currently generating an E-mail address of all student employees to better communicate department information to these employees in a timely fashion.

Future initiatives

Newsletters, work schedules and departmental information/meetings will be communicated electronically.

Objective 3.

The Department will provide a means of controlling access to facilities and equipment to insure that proper users have immediate and trouble free entry into Sport Facilities and Campus Recreation programs and that security of patrons and equipment/supplies will be maintained.

Future Initiatives

I.D. card access readers will be located at entrances to facilities and programs, including remote sites, to insure appropriate individuals are utilizing our service as well as to track participation for assessment information.

I.D. card readers and software programs will be designed to manage our equipment issue program.

A security alarm system and access system needs to be designed and implemented for all exterior doors of Halenbeck Hall.

A plan to control access to interior spaces, utilizing card technology, will be developed.

Monitoring high risk spaces of our sport facilities with video equipment should be implemented.

Information gained from access readers will be used to track users, provide assessment of programs, and provide statistical information relative to users.

University-External Relationships will be the key to many of our aspirations. Community perception of the value that the University provides determines the level of our support. As a public university, SCSU has the responsibility to be a leading force in intellectual, cultural, and economic development and contribute to the fabric of central Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Student Life Goal

Student Life and Development, through its programs and staff leadership, will contribute to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of the citizens of Central Minnesota.

Student Life and Development will promote and model positive involvement in the community by St. Cloud State University students and staff.

Sport Facilities and Campus Recreation Objectives

Objective 1.

The department will develop and implement a variety of quality programs which meet the community recreation/athletic needs and enhance the community and participants perception of St. Cloud State University.

  • The department programs a wide variety of children's recreation and swim programs throughout the academic year.
  • The department programs a number of summer athletic sport camps which serves over 3,000 youth annually.
  • The department administers a variety of ice related community programs including adult and senior hockey leagues, broomball leagues, youth hockey leagues and a number of miscellaneous tournaments.
  • The department provides the community access to sport facilities for open/informal recreation.
  • The department programs leadership development programs through the Husky Challenge Course program.
  • The department conducts a canoe shuttle program which provides canoes and transportation to individuals wishing to canoe the Mississippi river.
  • The department hosts a number of interscholastic track meets for area conferences. Included in this is the Husky High School Classic which involves over 35 high school teams.

Future initiatives

  • The department would like to develop a variety of summer youth recreation camps to educate youth on a multitude of lifetime leisure activities.
  • A variety of youth programs will be programmed which correspond to university holiday breaks and semester breaks to maximize our availability of space for programs.
  • The Husky Challenge Course program will be expanded to provide leadership training to a much greater audience.
  • A wide variety of programs will be developed through the outdoor endeavors program including clinics and workshops in outdoor skills as well as outdoor trips and rental opportunities.
  • The department will provide more community programs revolving around different cultures recreation programming. Community cricket programs, international recreation nights, and others will be developed to take advantage of our diverse university expertise.
  • The department will investigate additional recreational uses of the National Hockey Center including disabled programming in sledge hockey.

Objective 2.

The department will partner with community, state, regional and national organizations to provide quality athletic and recreational programs for the region.

  • The department works with a wide variety of local organizations in providing thousands of youth recreation/athletic opportunities. Included in this group is the St. Cloud Area Youth Basketball Association, Central Minnesota Youth Soccer Association, St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids Youth Hockey Associations, St. Cloud Figure Skating Association, St. Cloud Amateur Sports Commission, the City of St. Cloud Facilities and Parks and Recreation Departments, St. Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau, Central Minnesota Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, St. Cloud Runners Club, St. Cloud Special Olympics, District 742 and other surrounding school districts, the St. Cloud YMCA and others.
  • The department partners with a number of state, regional and national organizations to provide program opportunities for the region. Included in this is the Minnesota State High School League, the Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Sports Federation, Minnesota Amateur Sports Association, Minnesota Amateur Hockey Association, Minnesota Special Olympics, USA Hockey, and a variety of other sport governing bodies.
  • The department serves as the universities liaison to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Association for its relationship in the development of amateur hockey in the region and for partnering in hosting the Star of the North State Games.

Future initiatives

  • Relationships with local and regional programs related to outdoor recreation will be developed to increase opportunities in this area of programming.
  • Relationships with Stearns County to increase program opportunities in Quarry Park will be developed.

Objective 3.

The department will provide comfortable, clean, safe facilities, on a rental basis, to facilitate community programs.

  • A number of agencies and individuals utilize university space to facilitate their athletic/recreation programs. Examples include area school districts, youth hockey and figure skating programs, the Minnesota State High School League, St. Cloud Youth Basketball, Central Minnesota Youth Soccer, and a wide variety of others.
  • The department hosts a number of events in its sport facilities which are not athletic/recreational in nature. Examples of these programs include conventions, trade shows, exhibits, and concerts.

Objective 4.

The department will create an atmosphere that will embrace and welcome the community and encourage community involvement by staff.

  • The department provides training to student and full time staff concentrating on customer service.
  • The departments full time staff actively works with community users in solving problems, providing programming expertise, and assisting whenever possible.
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