Submitted by Andrew Beattie, Assistant Director for Operations, Recreation & Athletics
In 2010-11 some basic building blocks were established in key areas including operations plans, student employment, program offerings, and implementation of an advisory board. The 2010 Student Voice Survey indicated mind/body offerings, outdoor pursuits and a ropes course were significant areas of interest for expansion. Yoga, Tai Chi and Stretch/De-stress classes have become our core course offerings as a result. The outdoor pursuit demand has been responded to in the rebuilding of The Outdoor Program. In Fall 2011, we made significant strides towards re-implementing the outdoor challenge/ropes course. Recreation and Athletics goals include working with the CRC User Advisory Board, Student Voice Survey, patron feedback and other assessment tools to continue to strengthen our student employment program, expand our program offerings and further improvements of our facility and amenities to enhance the overall recreational experience. What follows are some highlights of the progress made thus far.
Building and Operations
Emergency action plans, signage, key/space access and staffing plans were revisited in 2010-11. Attention to space safety, accessibility, sustainability, and cleanliness remain a focus. The S&A Fee Board awarded funding for a new climbing gym floor and dumbbell set last winter through a special initiatives request and both have been quite popular. With some additional S&A Fee allocation for this biennium, we have also augmented services with a return of the Equipment Check-Out Window. Facilities Services have aided in ensuring at least one in-house custodian. These have been incredibly pleasant, hard working people. Staff will continue to work with Facilities’ staff to help provide the best level of service possible.
We have implemented a two-way evaluation similar to the format used in academic programs. Students have the opportunity to set goals for their professional experience and then evaluate their own contributions in attaining those goals. They also have the opportunity to evaluate the overall employment experience and offer suggestions with regard to how supervisors and the department can create a more enriched, rewarding experience.
All of our operations’ employees are cross-trained in User Services Check-In Desk, Operations Rover, and Equipment Check-Out. Opening the Equipment Check-Out Window this fall increased student employment opportunities by about ten positions. Also new in 2011-12 is a Student Operation Lead position. Each Lead has an operations focus area and develop professional and leadership skills while working directly with core permanent staff to implement policies and procedures and assist with oversight of student Operations Assistant staff.
RAD Services sponsored our first CRC Fair and a “Dive-In Movie” showing of Jaws at the pool to kick off the new academic year. We will look to develop similar partnerships across Student Affairs.
Recreation is currently offering a wide variety of classes for students, faculty, and outside community members. Courses are offered throughout the day, starting in the early morning yoga and qigong classes. As the day moves on, the programming ramps up with high energy classes such as crossfit, zumba, belly dancing, rock climbing, jujitsu and many more.
Working with Student Activities, we have successfully implemented a club sports development and advising plan. The number of club sports continues to grow as the school year progresses. Currently the Evergreen State College Crew and Rugby teams are going strong and continue to recruit new members and compete. Rugby’s first home competition of the season is November 5th against the University of Puget Sound. New clubs that are on the horizon in the near future include boxing, fencing, and archery!
The Outdoor Program (TOP)
In the infancy of its revival, Evergreen’s Outdoor Program is receiving solid, consistent interest from students. Rob Healy, our Student Outdoor Program Coordinator, has led in implementing a student intern program, various certification and instructional courses, outdoor trips, and kayak rentals. Rob and his staff will play an instrumental role in launching the outdoor ropes course as well. Kayak rental currently takes place through the Equipment Check-Out Window. The Campus Land Use Committee recently approved a kayak rack installation at the beach access point. This is expected to improve accessibility for students without means to transport this equipment.
Already this year, TOP has taken students on trips to Nisqually National Refuge, organized a fast-paced treasure hunt, hiked Mount Ellinor, and much more. Currently, all trips organized by TOP have achieved their maximum number of participants so early signup is always required. The program continues to expand, now taking on the water as two new instructors have recently been hired to lead kayaking and rafting trips in the future.