Mission

The Campus Recreation Department at the University of North Carolina Asheville provides its community members with opportunities to enhance overall physical and mental wellness through  formal and self-directed  programs, activities, and services.

Vision

The UNC Asheville Campus Recreation Department is built upon a foundation of programming excellence in intramural sports, fitness and wellness, outdoor recreation, aquatics, and sport clubs. We are committed to providing outstanding facilities and highly qualified and enthusiastic professional staff to strive for the highest student participation rate among colleges in Western North Carolina.

Campus Experience: Through participation, students enhance their sociological, physiological and psychological well-being and develop a sense of belonging to the institution. We promote physical fitness, healthy habits and balanced behaviors, to encourage students to make choices that improve overall wellness.

Community: We strive to create a welcoming environment to all through diverse programs, initiatives and partnerships. We recognize the differences within our community and promote programs and facilities that break down barriers to participation.

Education: Reflective of our commitment to the liberal arts mission of the University, we teach students meaningful life skills, encourage personal achievement, and develop involved and responsible citizens. We seek collaborations to allow students to learn, grow and develop through experiential education, role modeling, and leadership opportunities.

Values

Our Commitment

Professionalism

We adhere to the highest standards, attend to every detail, utilize resources effectively and strive to exceed expectations in all that we do. We employ a knowledgeable and conscientious staff, and encourage professional development, staff achievement and a superior quality of work and customer service.

Respect

We are strengthened by our diverse perspectives. As a just community, we unite against all forms of injustice, including, but not limited to, racism, bigotry, oppression, degradation, and harassment. We challenge injustice toward any member of our community.

Involvement

We are passionate in the belief that our diverse programs and services will appeal to all and strive to have an impact on our community one person at a time. We cultivate connections for our patrons and student staff.

Collaboration

We foster relationships and serve as good citizens by partnering with students, campus agencies and the greater community to support projects and events. We encourage purposeful exchange of information and ideas. We believe that through collaboration, each of us has an important role in determining the direction and well-being of our community.

Education

We facilitate opportunities for learning, self-discovery, and leadership development through experiential education, teambuilding and role modeling. We strive to be at the forefront and believe that the best way to lead is to learn from our successes and mistakes and continue to grow. 

Goals

Department Goals:

  1. Promote student learning and development through recreational programs that prepare students for productive lifestyles, careers, and civic engagement.
  2. Promote healthy habits for the campus community through participation in programs, the use of facilities, and access to services.
  3. Make Campus Recreation programs, facilities and employment opportunities welcoming and inclusive for all regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or physical abilities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

A.) As a result of engagement with the Campus Recreation Department, students will acquire knowledge and integrate that knowledge in their lives in one of the following areas:

  • Increased physical activity
  • Healthy stress management techniques and how it relates to their mental wellness
  • Awareness and education of proper nutrition

B.) As a result of participating in Campus Recreation Programs, students will demonstrate one of the following learning outcomes (participation specific):

  • Outdoors: Skill development, teamwork, leadership, and environmental stewardship.
  • Intramural Sports: Teamwork, community, sportsmanship.
  • Fitness/Wellness: Physical health and mental wellness
  • Sport Clubs: Leadership, organization, and effective communication.
  • Informal Recreation: Self-directed recreation
  • Aquatics: Water safety and skill development

C.) As a result of a series of educational trainings on institutional racism and diversity, student employees will become critical thinkers. 

Operational Outcomes:

  1. Serve 40% of the student population through all programs and services over the 2013-2014 academic year.
  2. Students participating in Campus Recreation Programs will self report that their experience in campus recreation programs was positive, satisfying, and healthy.
  3. Participation by ALANA and GLBTQ students will maintain in Campus Recreation programs to meet the 10% diversity representation of the UNC Asheville student body.