Campus Recreation has released the results of their survey on faculty and staff programming. Some of the findings are listed below. Complete survey results are available here.
The survey was conducted in order to discover the recreation and fitness preferences of our faculty and staff. Before Campus Recreation can begin to remove obstacles and open doorways to improve well-being, a real-time picture of the campus offerings along with sentiments was assessed. The following are a few data points discovered during this deep dive into the thoughts and habits of our faculty and staff.
More than 40 percent of survey respondents said they are unaware of exercise opportunities offered at the Miller Center. Campus Recreation is working with human resources to raise awareness of offerings for faculty and staff. Of those who know about fitness center opportunities, more than 30 percent said they do not use the Miller Center due to overcrowding. The Miller Fitness Center is undergoing a renovation project to reduce crowding and Campus Recreation staff are in the process of testing current and new equipment models and updating machines as needed.
More than 80 percent of survey respondents expressed an interest in faculty/staff-only exercise classes. Though a faculty/staff yoga class is offered Monday-Friday at noon, there are plans to add additional classes for faculty and staff in fall of 2015. During the academic year, Campus Recreation offers several exercise activities open to all faculty, staff and students.
Twenty percent of respondents expressed an interest in strength training programs and small group training to explain the exercise facility and its equipment.
A new four-week introductory weight-training class for women launched in spring 2015. Ladies Who Lift is a small group weight-training class designed for women of all fitness levels.
Based on interest levels in wilderness trips, Campus Recreation plans to offer one faculty/staff trip in fall of 2015 and one in spring of 2016. More than 70 percent of respondents indicated they were interested in day hikes and more than 50 percent were in interested in flat water kayaking.
Fifty percent of respondents indicated they would be interested in faculty/staff-only aquatics programs. While aquatics does not offer faculty/staff-only programming at this time, four water fitness classes are offered each week to faculty, staff and students. Private swim lessons are available.
More than 50 percent of respondents expressed an interest in team building exercises and Campus Recreation is considering opportunities to partner with campus entities to meet this need.
“Our everyday vision within Campus Recreation is to provide a healthy outlet for every student, a convenient option for every staff member and a vital connection for all faculty in a safe place where the whole person is central each and every day. Our president desires this, our community supports this and Campus Recreation will do everything within our strength to attain it. We will continue to listen, learn and then apply such knowledge in order to meet the critical recreational needs of our students, faculty and staff. We do believe that we are the artists of play and the authors of true fun. Our desire is to become an attractive beam in the bridge to a better you. We truly desire for our personnel, facilities and programs to continually become that third place between the office and your driveway. Participation is the name of recreation game and we truly aim to provide something for everyone.”
Visit the Campus Recreation website for more information on programming.