Recreation, Fitness and Fun Opportunities Abound at WSSU
With more than 36,000 square feet of space dedicated to recreation and fitness, University Recreation (UREC) can provide a variety of activities and services that promote health, wellness and a sense of community on campus.
UREC is part of the Division of Student Affairs and plays a key role in campus life at Winston-Salem State University. Not only does UREC provide space for recreational and fitness activities, it also schedules fun-filled events throughout the year that range from skiing trips to whitewater rafting.
All full-time WSSU students are automatically enrolled in the UREC programs. Faculty, staff and part-time students are eligible to purchase memberships that include access to the outstanding facilities in the Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center that opened last fall.
"The Reaves Student Center offers a full range of fitness opportunities along with serving as a student union," said Cindy Strine, director of UREC. "It houses a running track, group fitness rooms, a TRX group training system and a personal training suite along with a cardio room, a weight room and two basketball courts. We're able to offer everything from cycling to a personal trainer."
"We also support academic learning through programs and collaborations," Strine added. "Of course, one of the benefits we don't often mention is the community-building that we see not only among students, faculty or staff, but between students, faculty and staff. We strive to create opportunities for these three groups to come together and get to know each other in a different environment whether it's in a yoga class, a basketball game or a trip to Winterplace Ski Resort."
"The affordability of the fees and all they include – personal fitness training, a variety of exercise classes for all fitness levels, fully-equipped workout spaces, indoor track and basketball court, customer-friendly and highly trained staff make working out at UREC an absolute delight," said Corlis Sellers, executive assistant to the chancellor. "I enjoy my experience so much, I am working on recruiting my colleagues in the office. UREC is a deal too good to pass up!"
Tara Kompare, director of pharmacy at the WSSU Wellness Center, has also been impressed with the fitness center and its staff. "They are always eager to help and extremely friendly and courteous," she said. "I signed up to start personal training with Nick based on a recommendation and I am excited about working with him."
In addition to the amenities in the Student Center, UREC also manages The Pit outdoor basketball courts and the Intramural Field featuring a grass playing field surrounded by a track. WSSU also has an indoor swimming pool in the C. E. Gaines Center with open swim hours as well as hours set aside for faculty and staff along with the university tennis courts near the Anderson Center.