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2016-17 Report

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By The Numbers


total visits to the Carmichael Complex in 2016-17.



of NC State students participated in University Recreation



of undergraduates participated in University Recreation.



of graduate students participated in University Recreation.



of NC State international students participated in University Recreation.

Classification Overview
First Year – 89%
First Year
Sophomore – 82%
Junior – 76%
Senior – 78%

Program Highlights

Program Participation
Program Area Contact Hours Participants
Club Sports 114,280 1,800
Fitness 61,814 8,084
Intramural Sports 48,592 7,445
Outdoor Adventures 25,036 4,417
Wellness 452 14,869


  • 6,994 NC State Students participated in fitness programs.
  • 3,343 group fitness classes in 28 different formats.
  • 2,763 personal training sessions.
  • 238 small group training contact hours.
Zumba Feature

Feeling the Rhythm

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Social Feature

A Passion for Wellness Through Social Media

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Outdoor Adventures

At a Glance

  • 4,417 NC State Students participated in outdoor adventures programs.
  • 64 Challenge Course programs for local and NC State community.
  • 26 Outdoor Adventure trips.
  • 5,494 Climbing Wall visits.

DIVE Feature

The DIVE program takes a journey to the Louisiana Gulf Coast

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Sports Programs

  • 6,854 NC State students participated in intramural sports programs.
  • 20 different intramural team sports and 37 special events offered.
  • 1,800 NC State Students participated in club sports programs.
  • 42 Clubs held 1,400 club sport practices.

Special Olympics Feature

Unified Sports League Cultivates Competition and Friendships

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Cricket Feature

NC State Leads Collegiate Cricket Initiative

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  • 45 education sessions held for students and NC State employees.
  • 30 wellness workshops.
  • 25 collaborative wellness outreach events.
  • 19 NC State organizations recognized as Well Wolfpack Certified Organizations.
  • 76 NC State employees registered as NC State wellness champions.
Wellness Feature

The Conversation of Wellness

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Student Success

  • 1,029 students were employed by University Recreation in 2016-17, holding 2,178 positions.
  • $6,470 was awarded to 25 students for professional development opportunities.
  • $1,450,000 is spent on student staff salaries, which accounts for more than 23 percent of the University Recreation budget.
NIRSA Feature

Student Leader Receives National Recognition

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Previous Editions

201516 annual Report

2015-16 Annual Report

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201415 Annual Report

2014-15 Annual Report

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201314 Annual Report

2013-14 Annual Report

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Research and Assessment Projects

Current Research

Wolfpack Bound


Student Employment (NACE)

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) produces an annual “Job Outlook Survey” which asks employers to rank skills they find most valuable when hiring college graduates (NACE, 2016). There is support for the idea that many employability skills identified by the NACE survey (such as teamwork, communication methods and ability to solve problems) are being developed through collegiate recreation student employment experience. Currently, little data exists to explain to what extent collegiate recreation employment promotes skills desirable to employers.

This multi-institutional, longitudinal study will explore the employability skills students learn throughout their time of employment with collegiate recreation through both survey and interviews at three time periods (student employee orientation, graduation and two-years post-graduation). Information gathering will focus on three time points:

  • What students expect to learn.
  • What students actually learned.
  • Did their experience and what they learned prepare them for their current employment.

Study is currently in the data collection phase.

Sense of Belonging

The purpose of the study is to examine the impact of collegiate recreation on the sense of belonging experienced by students at NC State. Sense of belonging has been tied to increased retention towards a university. It is important to begin looking at the impact of various functions around a university to understand the potential impact on student persistence.

This study will measure the amount and type of University Recreation program participation (Club Sports, Fitness, Intramural Sports and Outdoor Adventures) by the student on sense of belonging using the Mckinnis and Chavis Sense of Community Index model.

Data collection will begin late Fall 2017.

Past Research

Impact of Collegiate Recreation and Academic Success

This study examined the impact of collegiate recreation participation for all NC State undergraduate students on their grade point average, course credit completion, and persistence or graduation. Results indicated a positive and significant relationship between University Recreation contact hours and all outcomes.

For every one additional day per week a student participates, his/her grade point average will increase by 0.06 and increase odds of graduating by 49 percent.

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Critical Thinking Dispositions in University Recreation Student Employee Leaders

The purpose of this research was to explore how the college student-employee leaders develop critical thinking dispositions through their University Recreation student-employee experience. Critical Thinking Disposition, which is the mindset to engage with problems and make decisions utilizing critical thinking, includes characteristics such as truth-seeking, open-mindedness and maturity in judgement is shared among collegiate recreation student employee leaders. Many staff training and continuing education contact hours are spent on developing these stills along with the contact hours spent applying these skills in leadership roles. Results are currently under review.

Recognition and Awards


Partnership for a Healthier America

  • A three-year commitment to make the campus healthier by adopting guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming. The commitment works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair first lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier.
  • NC State was the first to implement all 23 guidelines in the first year of its commitment to encourage healthier options to more than 40,000 students, faculty and staff.
  • University Recreation partners with University Dining and Transportation on this initiative.

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Special Olympics

Special Olympic Unified Sports League

  • Each team is made up of athletes from Special Olympics North Carolina and students from NC State.
  • The purpose of the league is to promote and inspire inclusion between individuals who have intellectual disabilities and those who do not.
  • NC State is one of eight universities in the state of North Carolina to participate in the program. As of 2016, more than 200 colleges and university participate in the Unified Sports league.


NIRSA/ICC Collegiate Cricket Initiative

  • NIRSA and the International Cricket Council have recently teamed up in an effort to create new opportunities for students on college and university campuses across North America to play cricket.
  • North Carolina State University has generated a solid level of interest in cricket among its students, and has worked with the Cricket club at NC State to provide rules.
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Exercise is Medicine On-Campus

  • In partnership with the Counseling Center and Student Health Services, this medical and counseling referral program prescribes students exercise to alleviate mental health and chronic disease symptoms. The Exercise Is Medicine® program at NC State received a gold-level recognition from the American College of Sports Medicine.

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University Recreation has partnered with NC State’s Office of Sustainability on several initatives. This collaboration addresses long-term sustainability goals and plans, developed in coordination with University Recreation and Sustainability staff, as well as the Student Sustainability Committee, an advisory group comprised of leadership from University Recreation and student staff.

Sustainable Facility Enhancements

  • Tankless water heater system.
  • Compost top dressing of University Recreation fields on Centennial Campus. This project is a collaboration between University Recreation and NC State Office of Grounds Management.
  • Engaged in recommissioning efforts of the Carmichael Recreation Center. Efforts focused on creating efficiencies in building HVAC system to minimize impact of utilities on a financial and load standpoint.