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School of Health,
Physical Education,
and Recreation
2006-2008
Academic Bulletin

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Units in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Department of Applied Health Science
Department of Kinesiology
Department of Recreation , Park, and Tourism Studies
Division of Recreational Sports

Department of Applied Health Science

Faculty
Description of the Program
Areas of Specialization
Degree Programs
Careers
Scholarly Inquiry
Research, Instructional, and Service Projects

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Faculty

Chairperson
Chancellor's Professor Torabi

Assistant Chairperson
Associate Professor Lindeman

Graduate Coordinator
Lohrmann

Undergraduate Coordinator
Gilbert

Professors
Kolbe, Torabi, Yarber

Associate Professors
Billingham, Ellis, Fleming-Moran, Fly, Gassman, Gilbert, Lindeman, Lohrmann, Middlestadt, Shaw-Perry, Shier

Assistant Professors
Lorenzen-Huber, Murray, Obeng, Reece, Seo, Slates

Clinical Associate Professor
Kay

Clinical Assistant Professor
Sherwood-Puzzello

Lecturers
Applegate, Getty, Holmes, Pearson, Ray, Thiagarajah

Research Associates
Alter, Herbenick, Jun, McCarthy-Jean, Nowicke, Seitz de Martinez

Applied Health Science Web Site
A comprehensive description of applied health science degree programs, courses, faculty, research, institutes, and laboratories is accessible on the Internet at www.indiana.edu/~aphealth.

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Description of the Program

The Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University is one of the oldest and most respected professional preparation programs in the United States. The department offers study in dietetics, health promotion, human development and family studies, nutrition science, public health, safety management, and school and college health programs. In a 2003 national ranking of professional preparation programs in health education, the department’s doctoral program was ranked first in the nation, and its master’s degree program was ranked ninth among approximately 300 universities nationwide.

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Areas of Specialization

The department offers comprehensive curricula of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and courses that emphasize the importance of education in the prevention of personal and family problems related to lifestyle and health behavior. Seven areas of specialization are available to the student:

Dietetics studies the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention and treatment in clinical and community settings. Students learn to apply the principles of nutrition, food science, and food management in advancing health promotion. The curriculum meets standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).

Health promotion enables individuals and communities to increase control over and improve their health. Graduate level students acquire skills for serving as health education and promotion specialists in educational, clinical, occupational, and community settings and for managing a diverse array of health education programs.

Human development and family studies examines growth and development throughout the lifespan. Family studies examines more specifically roles within the family and how the members of diverse kinds of families interact with one another and with greater society.

Nutrition science integrates the basic and applied principles of nutrition and related sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and medicine. Students learn to apply nutrition to health promotion. Courses of study include human nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, diet and disease, and food science.

Public health promotes the health of the general public through the delivery of health-promoting interventions and through research. Students pursuing the MPH complete core coursework in basic public health sciences and focused coursework in public health promotion and health behavior. Students further specialize and prepare for a public health career by choosing one of two concentrations, public health leadership and practice or public health research. Students in the public health leadership and practice concentration will gain additional skills necessary to lead the process of developing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in community, worksite, and health care settings. Students in the public health research concentration will gain additional research skills necessary to conduct and disseminate high-quality research on critical health issues facing societies around the world. The Master of Public Health degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Safety programs encompassing safety science and safety management, develops the skills and professional competencies to support workplace safety and health programs and efforts in both public and private organizations.

School and college health programs provides comprehensive and coordinated programs that promote the health of children and young adults. Students accrue professional skills required to design, deliver, and assess effective health instruction in schools and colleges. Undergraduate students can earn secondary teacher certification in a joint program with the School of Education.

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Degree Programs

Degree programs currently available in the Department of Applied Health Science include:

Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science
  Dietetics
  Health Education—Secondary Teacher Preparation
  Human Development and Family Studies
  Nutrition Science
  Public Health
  Safety Science
Associate of Science in Safety Management
Certificate in Safety Management
Optional Undergraduate Minors
  Gerontology
  Human Development and Family Studies
  Human Sexuality
  Nutrition
  Public Health
  Safety Management
Cognate
  School Health Education-Teaching
Master of Science in Applied Health Science
  Health Promotion
  Human Development and Family Studies
  Nutrition Science
  Safety Management
  School and College Health Programs
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
  Public Health
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  Health Behavior
Doctoral minors
  Addictive Behavior
  Gerontology
  Health Promotion
  Human Development and Family Studies
  Human Sexuality Education
  Nutrition Science
  Public Health
  Safety Management
  School and College Health Programs

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Careers

Sources of potential employment for program graduates are numerous and varied and include public and private schools and colleges; local, state, and federal agencies; international agencies; voluntary health agencies; professional associations; clinics, hospitals, and private health care facilities; business; industry; and the military. Prospects for employment are excellent, especially if the individual is willing to relocate.

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Scholarly Inquiry

The Department of Applied Health Science has a long-standing commitment to scholarly inquiry in a broad spectrum of areas emphasizing health promotion and prevention of health problems. Research and creative activity in the department includes both basic and applied work in program planning and development; evaluation of the effectiveness of instruction; and examination of lifestyle and health behavior in relation to nutrition, exercise, stress, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, individual development and family health, communicable disease, human sexuality, and related areas. In addition to research projects, faculty members engage in a variety of other scholarly activities, including the preparation of articles, textbooks, and other publications. Faculty are frequently asked to present scholarly papers at regional, national, and international conferences.

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Research, Instructional, and Service Projects

In addition to offering a variety of courses and degree programs, the department is continuously involved in a number of innovative research, instructional, and service projects that include the following:

Center for Health and Safety Studies This center provides support services to the university community, to the profession, and to the state of Indiana through conferences, research projects, and the management of grants and contracts. Director: Torabi.

Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention The major focus of this center is the promotion of AIDS/STD prevention in rural America. Senior Director: Yarber. Co-director: Torabi.

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center A statewide clearinghouse of prevention technical assistance and information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, funded by a contract with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration—Division of Mental Health. Director: Gassman.

The Indiana University Institute for Drug Abuse Prevention Directed by faculty in the Department of Applied Health Science, the institute provides a research and service infrastructure for a wide range of drug prevention grants and contracts. Co-directors: Gassman and Torabi.

Center for Minority Health The Center has the mission of research, outreach, programming, and training with regard to health disparities.

Sexual Health Research Working Group An initiative designed to facilitate collaborative sexual health research among faculty members and graduate students at Indiana University. Director: Reece.

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Department of Kinesiology

Faculty
Description of Program
Degree Programs
Careers
Scholarly Inquiry
Research and Service Projects

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Faculty

Chairperson
Professor J. Shea

Associate Chairpersons
Professor Stager, Academic Specialist Willett

Professors
Dapena, Fielding, Gallahue, Koceja, Raglin, J. Shea, Stager, Wallace, Wilkerson

Associate Professors
Burns, Cothran, G.Frey, Hamm, Pedersen, Sailes

Assistant Professors
Docherty (Steele), Heath, Kozub, Laucella, Miloch, Mickleborough

Visiting Assistant Professor
Bardzell

Clinical Professor
Schrader

Clinical Associate Professors
Chapin, Grove, Haven

Clinical Assistant Professors
Beeker, Klossner, Henson, E. Shea

Clinical Lecturer
J. Frey, Miller

Lecturers
Cousins, Garn, Kennedy, Morgan,Setser

Visiting Lecturers
Gregg, Sherman

Academic Specialists
Poulin, Whitehead, Willett

Research Scientist
Lindley

Kinesiology Web Site
A comprehensive description of kinesiology degree programs, courses, faculty, research, institutes, and laboratories is accessible on the Internet at www.indiana.edu/~kines.

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Description of Program

The Department of Kinesiology offers both undergraduate and graduate curricula. Undergraduate concentrations in athletic training, dance, exercise science, fitness specialist, sport communication, sport marketing and management, and physical education (K-12 teacher certification), all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Programs offered by the Department of Kinesiology are interdisciplinary, providing course work and appropriate practicum experiences that are excellent preparation for specific careers or for preprofessional and graduate school opportunities. In 2005 the graduate program in Kinesiology was ranked number one in the nation.

Athletic training prepares the student to sit for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination. Additionally, the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Dance strengthens and refines contemporary dance technique as well as provides scholarly inquiry into the history, science, and aesthetics of dance. The dance major provides disciplined dance training and a strong academic and theoretical core, which is essential to producing wholly integrated artists and successful dance professionals.

Exercise science prepares students for graduate-level education in areas such as adapted physical education, biomechanics,  ergonomics, exercise physiology, and motor learning/control. In addition, programs prepare students for entry into professional/graduate programs in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, physician’s assistant, dentistry, chiropractic, and other allied health fields.

Fitness specialist prepares students to work in the fitness industry. In addition, students are prepared to sit for the following three certification examinations: 1) the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor; 2) the American Council of Exercise (ACE) Group Exercise; and 3) the ACE Personal Training.

Sport communication students may choose either print or broadcast concentrations with course work in journalism or telecommunications.

Sport marketing and management prepares students for lower management jobs in the sport industry. Students are also prepared for movement into advanced degree programs in sport management. Sport marketing and management majors complete a comprehensive professional core of sport courses and complement this course work with an intensive business core of courses. The Kelley School of Business minor may be earned in the process   of completing the sport marketing and management major.

Teacher preparation—all grade is an undergraduate curriculum that combines courses in teaching methodology and the human movement sciences. Professional and technical instruction is provided for teaching various sports, dance, and fitness activities commonly taught in the elementary and secondary schools. This preparation is based on and intertwined with appropriate theoretical models and best practices that lead to all-grade (K-12) licensing in the state of Indiana.

The department offers an extensive program in physical activity instruction that is open to majors as well as students from other departments and/or schools on the Bloomington campus. Included in the elective courses are aquatics, conditioning, dance, fitness, individual sports, martial arts, racquet sports, and team sports.

Graduate curricula in the Dr. John M. Cooper Graduate Program in Kinesiology (Cooper Graduate Program) lead to the degrees Master of Science in Kinesiology and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in human performance. A variety of emphasis areas are available for graduate degree candidates, including adapted physical education, applied sport science, athletic training, fitness management, human performance, ergonomics, and sport management. The Ph.D. program in human performance emphasizes adapted physical education, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning/control, and sport management. The department operates human performance research laboratories in these areas.

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Degree Programs

Degree programs currently available in the Department of Kinesiology include:

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
  Athletic Training
  Athletic Training—Teacher Preparation
  Dance
  Exercise Science
  Fitness Specialist
  Sport Communication—Broadcast
  Sport Communication—Print
  Sport Marketing and Management
  Teacher Education—All Grade

Certificate in Martial Arts.

Optional Undergraduate Minors
   Aquatics (Interdepartmental: Kinesiology
  and Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies)
  Coaching
  Dance
  Exercise Science
  Fitness Instruction
  Kinesiology
  Sport Marketing and Management

Cognate
  Physical Education—Teaching

Master of Science in Kinesiology
  Adapted Physical Education
  Applied Sport Science
  Athletic Administration/Sport Management
  Athletic Training
  Biomechanics
  Ergonomics
  Exercise Physiology
  Fitness Management
  Motor Learning/Control  

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Performance
  
Adapted Physical Education
  Biomechanics
  Exercise Physiology
  Motor Learning/Control
  Sport Management

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Careers

Continuing national attention to fitness, sports medicine, sport business and industry, and an active way of life for all makes employment prospects excellent. Examples of the many career opportunities available are aquatics management, athletic administration, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, coaching/athletic community centers, corporate fitness, fitness center management, program directing, personal training, fitness educator/consulting, group exercise, laboratory research, public/private school teaching, preventive medicine, pulmonary rehabilitation, research, sports information, sports reporting, sports broadcasting, audio/video production, public and/or media relations, fundraising/philanthropy, sports advertising/marketing, and youth agencies.

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Scholarly Inquiry

The Department of Kinesiology faculty engages in research and creative activity in a variety of areas, including the exercise sciences, sport management, sport communication, pedagogy, and dance.

Within exercise science, the department supports research in ergonomics, exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, motor learning, motor control, and biomechanics. Additionally, studies involving the effects of physical activity on special populations have received considerable emphasis. Over the years, funding for these scholarly activities has included such sources as the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Athletic Congress, Lilly Endowment, and the Amateur Athletic Union. Faculty and graduate students have presented research reports at various scientific meetings and published their research efforts in scientific journals. Faculty members have also presented and published papers dealing with various topics in sport as viewed from a social science perspective. Research in sport management focuses on sport communication, sport marketing, sport history, and sociocultural issues in sport. Within these areas, studies examine issues related to sport and the media and consumption of the sport product.

The department has been concerned with the dissemination of new knowledge at all levels. Scholars have been invited to present research colloquia at national and international meetings. Graduate students have been successful in obtaining university teaching and postdoctoral research positions following completion of their doctoral programs.

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Research and Service Projects

Department faculty is involved in numerous service and research projects conducted by its laboratories, centers and programs. These include the Wynn F. Updyke Center for Physical Activity, the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming, the Aquatics Institute, the Human Performance Laboratory, and the Women in Science Program.

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Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Faculty
Description of Program
Degree Programs
Careers
Scholarly Inquiry
Research and Service Projects

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Faculty

Chairperson
Professor Jamieson

Assistant Chairperson
Professor Hronek

Professors
Ewert, Hawkins, Hronek, Jamieson, Meier, Russell

Associate Professors
Chen, D. Knapp, Lee, McCormick, Ross, Young

Assistant Professor
Basman, J. Knapp, Voight

Lecturers
Beeker, Ramos

Visiting Lecturers
Gray, Lundberg

Academic Specialist
Sharpless

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Web Site
A comprehensive description of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies degree programs, courses, faculty, research, institutes, and laboratories is accessible on the Internet at www.indiana.edu/ ~recpark.

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Description of the Program

The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies offers both undergraduate and graduate curricula. The undergraduate curriculum, leading     to the B.S. in Recreation, prepares students for positions as recreation activity programmers, planners, and leaders; managers of facilities; supervisors; park and recreation resource managers; and specialists in such areas as tourism management, therapeutic recreation, military recreation, and environmental education. The graduate curriculum is for students preparing for careers in administration management, teaching, and research. In addition, students often elect to pursue recreation specialist careers in such areas as recreation planning, environmental education, and clinical and nonclinical therapeutic recreation. The M.S. (Master of Science) in Recreation offers five major options:

Outdoor Recreation This option is for students interested in outdoor recreation management, resource management, camping administration, outdoor/environmental education, interpretation, and outdoor leadership.

Recreation Administration This option is for students interested in public agencies, private/ commercial agencies, or general administration management.

Recreational Sports Administration This option is for students with career objectives in recreational sport administration in colleges/universities, public and private recreation agencies, or the Armed Forces.

Therapeutic Recreation This option is for students interested in working with disabled persons in either clinical or nonclinical settings.

Tourism Management This option is for students interested in working in administration and conducting research related to the tourism industry.

Advanced graduate degrees include the Director of Recreation (Re.Dir.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). in leisure behavior. These degree programs are designed for graduate students wishing to pursue careers in management and administration, teaching, research, or administration in higher education.

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Degree Programs

Degree programs currently available in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies include:

Bachelor of Science in Recreation
  Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management
  Park and Recreation Management
  Recreational Sport Management
  Therapeutic Recreation
  Tourism Management

Certificate in Underwater Resource Management
  
Undergraduate Optional Minors
  Aquatics (Interdepartmental: Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies and Kinesiology)
  Fundraising and Resource Development
  Leadership
  Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management
  Recreation and Park Administration
  Recreational Sport Management
  Tourism Management

Master of Science in Recreation
  Outdoor Recreation
  Recreation Administration
  Recreational Sports Administration
  Therapeutic Recreation
  Tourism Management

Director of Recreation


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
      Leisure Behavior

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Careers

The department prepares students for careers in a variety of park, recreation, and leisure services settings, such as public parks and recreation; youth agencies; recreational sports facilities; hospitals, extended care facilities, and rehabilitation centers; private and commercial recreation; tourism; camping and outdoor education; and military recreation.

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Scholarly Inquiry

Scholarship in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies reflects a commitment to increasing the understanding of leisure and recreation at both basic and applied levels. Faculty and students are involved with scholarly research to develop findings that may be applied by practitioners. Illustrative of research on leisure behavior have been studies on the leisure behavior of women and physiological indicators of leisure experiences. Examples of applied studies have been investigations to establish national standards for park and recreation systems, to determine travel behavior and decision-making patterns, and to study the effects of outdoor recreation on the behavior of children with disabilities. A second area is the scholarship of teaching, where faculty engage in creative activities such as those funded by recent curriculum development grants from the Administration on Aging and the Department of Education. A third area of applied scholarship is the development of strategic plans for leisure service agencies and the provision of accessibility training for staff members of the National Park Service.

Each graduate faculty member pursues scholarship in a specialty, in addition to supervising scholarly activities of students. The department has several graduate emphases, including recreation and park administration, outdoor recreation and resources administration, recreational sport management, therapeutic recreation, tourism management and leisure behavior.

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Research and Service Projects

Major programs within the department include the following:

Bradford Woods 
Indiana University’s nationally recognized outdoor education and camping center has 2,500 acres and is administered by the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies. More than 10,000 people use the facility each year for workshops, conferences, academic programs, continuing education, research, and retreats. It is also the home of Camp Riley (a national camping demonstration area for people with disabilities) and the national headquarters of the American Camping Association.

Center for Sport Policy and Conduct  
Founded in 2000, the CSPC provides a platform for researchers in sport management to investigate a variety of issues and concerns while also providing the opportunity for implementing positive changes in the community. Partnerships with community and international organizations have been developed and maintained in an effort to provide strong links that will yield further research and benefits to the community in the areas of youth sport development, violence prevention, and sport policy.

Center for Student Leadership Development
The center works with existing student leaders who volunteer their time to influence and be involved with their student organizations as well as develop and deliver both academic courses and special extracurricular experiences that expand students’ leadership skills and capacities.

Institute on Fundraising
Established in 2002, the goal of the institute is to educate undergraduate students about philanthropy, its importance in our society, and its relevance to public and private organizations. Fundraising courses including Introduction to Resource Development, Annual Giving, Development Services, Major Gifts and Planned Giving, Capital Campaigns, and Internships, along with service-learning opportunities and collaboration with other campus programs and agency partners, prepare students for roles as nonprofit professionals and volunteer community leaders. An 18 credit undergraduate fundraising minor is offered in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences to students of all majors
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Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands  
The institute engages quality recreational and educational experiences for people through support of agencies and organizations that conserve, protect, and manage natural and cultural resources. The Eppley Institute staff is uniquely qualified to serve park, recreation, and public land management agencies. The Eppley Institute thrives on developing public/private partnerships, customizing training programs, providing applied and fundamental research services, and planning and design for recreation services, parks, public lands, and facilities.

Executive Development Program  
This midcareer park and recreation program assists executives in keeping abreast of the changing world and in continuing to develop managerial skills.

Great Lakes Park Training Institute  

Serving park executives and their staffs with up-to-date, hands-on techniques, this institute draws administrators, supervisors, and technicians from municipal, regional, state, and federal agencies in the United States and Canada.

Hilltop Garden and Nature Center  

One of the oldest children’s gardens in the United States, Hilltop contains 75 children’s tree and vegetable plots plus a herbaceous perennial garden, fruit trees, herb garden, special display plantings, and test gardens. As part of the department, Hilltop is a laboratory for Indiana University students in outdoor education, resource management, horticulture, and science education.

Institute for Outdoor Leadership and Education (IOLE)  

The institute comprises a number of opportunities for enhancing the professional development of outdoor educators. The multidimensional venues include the Adventure Research Cache, the Therapeutic Outdoor Programs certificate, the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation/Education Program, the Bradford Papers , Research Connections, and Bradford Woods Professional Training Series.

Leisure Research Institute  

Equipped with the latest in available computer support, this institute provides research support services to students and faculty as well as a focus for departmental research efforts and the expansion of cooperative research projects.

The National Center on Accessibility  

The center is a national leader in the movement to include people with disabilities in recreation, parks, and tourism. Through its comprehensive services of research, technical assistance, and education, NCA focuses on Universal Design and practical accessibility solutions that create inclusive recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. The NCA is a program of Indiana University’s Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies in cooperation with the National Park Service Accessibility Management Program.

Other Research and Service Projects  
Graduate and undergraduate students are afforded nonclassroom experiences through such programs and park and recreational facilities as:

  Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department
  Division of Recreational Sports
  Indiana Memorial Union
  Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities
  Museums
  Outdoor Recreation Consortium
  State and national forests, parks, and recreational areas
  YMCA Fitness Center and youth agencies

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Division of Recreational Sports

Personnel
Description of Programs

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Personnel

Director  
Assistant Dean Bayless

Associate Director
Puterbaugh

Program Directors
Arvin, Geary, Hall-Yannessa, Heeter, McClary, Pedersen, Ruff, Tippin, Ward

Assistant Directors  
Downing, Eakin, Grannan, Kido, Mahoney, Muyskens, Orrange, Robbins, Stednitz

Creative Manager  
Wee

Systems Analyst/Programmer  
Theodas

Recreational Sports Web Site  
Comprehensive information on all IUB recreational sports programs, services, and  student development opportunities is available on the Internet at www.recsports.indiana.edu.

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Description of Programs

Since its start in 1975, the Division of Recreational Sports has been providing a diverse array of programs and services for students, faculty, and staff of all skill levels and interests, including programs that meet the needs of students with families, people with disabilities, and international students. The division was recognized in 2003 as “perhaps the nation’s top recreational sports program” by Sports Illustrated On Campus.

The division’s mission is to connect, inform, and inspire people to lead active, healthy lifestyles. The division’s vision is to be the most comprehensive, inclusive, and progressive recreational sports program in the country, through diverse sport and fitness offerings, advancing a culture of wellness, offering student development opportunities, distinctive facilities and equipment, an enhanced sense of community, and leadership to the profession.

All students receive recreational sports membership through a portion of their student activity fee, providing access to programs and facilities at two convenient campus locations: The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Building (HPER) and the Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC). Opened in 1995, the SRSC is a 204,000-square-foot facility with three multipurpose sport areas, a five-court field house with a 1/8 -mile elevated running/ jogging/walking track, nine racquetball/squash courts, six outdoor tennis courts, a cycle-fit studio, a cardio studio, a strength circuit, a free weights area, an auditorium, locker rooms, and a fitness consultation room. The Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center is also located inside the SRSC and features an Olympic-size pool and a diving well with competition towers. Recreational Sports facilities available in the HPER Wildermuth Building include the Wildermuth Intramural Center—a 60,000-square-foot facility with 10 basketball/volleyball courts and a three-lane track, a strength and conditioning room, 11 racquetball/squash courts, three multipurpose gyms, a gym with basketball/volleyball courts, a martial arts fort, table tennis, and Royer Pool and diving well. Additional outdoor recreational sports facilities include the Recreational Sports Field Complex at North Fee Lane, Woodlawn Field, Woodlawn Tennis Courts, the North Jordan Tennis Courts, and the Evan Williams Club Sports Field.

The Division of Recreational Sports makes maximum use of all campus recreational sport facilities for aquatic, informal, intramural, club sport, fitness/wellness, and special event activities. For students who enjoy recreational activities at their leisure, informal sports hours have been increased during prime time at both the HPER Building and at the SRSC. Opportunities for indoor soccer have also been expanded, with the installation of dasherboards in SRSC MS2 and dedicated time for friendly challenge matches every Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Equipment check-out is also available at no charge to students with a valid Indiana University identification card. Locker rentals are available at both the HPER Building and the SRSC.

The intramural sports program sponsors men’s, women’s, and co-intramural tournaments in team, dual, individual, and special event competitions. Students interested in tournament competition will find leagues that accommodate all skill levels.

The club sports program offers students more than 45 club opportunities ranging from aikido to fencing to tennis to water skiing. Clubs help students share a common interest in a particular sport, whether the emphasis within the club is social, instructional, or competitive.

For students who enjoy the water, the aquatics program offers three heated indoor pools and a diving well with competition boards and towers. Noncredit swimming and diving instruction is available. The division also offers lifeguard training sessions and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) sessions for students who want to learn the techniques of water rescue or swimming instruction. With the Olympic-size pool and diving well at the SRSC’s Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center, the division is able to host NCAA swimming, diving, and water polo competitions. The division also hosts special events such as USA Swimming Speedo Junior Championships, as well as other state and national swimming events, intramural and club events, and family swim times.

The fitness/wellness program offers students the expertise of fitness/wellness consultants in two strength and conditioning rooms, with more than 400 pieces of variable resistance, free weight, and cardiovascular equipment. The fitness/wellness program also offers a wide range of group exercise sessions, such as cardio kickboxing, step, jazz dance, indoor cycling, sports conditioning, strength, hip hop, trekking, and deep water exercise. For an additional fee, mind/body sessions are also available, offering instruction in yoga, pilates, and Middle Eastern belly dance. A staff of highly qualified personal trainers is also available to provide fitness assessments, personal training services, and wellness education.

The special events program area produces two major annual events: The Jill Behrman Run for the End Zone 5K Run/Walk, the proceeds of which benefit the Jill Behrman Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund and Jill’s House—a temporary residence for patients undergoing outpatient cancer treatment at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute in Bloomington; and Spirit of Sport—an IU tradition since 1976 benefiting Special Olympics Indiana and the second-largest IUB student-run campuswide event. In addition, free Family Night programs are offered monthly at the Student Recreational Sports Center and open to IU and Bloomington area community members alike. The Division of Recreational Sports is also an active partner in the IUB new student orientation program, hosting interactive events for all incoming students, including “Sneak Peek” events at the SRSC during the summer orientation period and RecFest, which takes place outside HPER Wildermuth during Welcome Week in the fall.

The division is committed to providing educational avenues for student development, leadership, and professional preparation for undergraduate and graduate students alike. As the second-largest employer on campus, with over 700 part-time student hourly positions, the division hires students for positions across all program areas, including lifeguards, intramural officials, informal sports supervisors, member services associates, and graphic designers. Two-year graduate assistantship appointments are available in the areas of Research, Aquatics, Fitness/Wellness, Informal Sports and Equipment Operations, Intramural Sports, Special Events, and Marketing and Sponsorship. The division also offers more than 500 volunteer opportunities through its student advocacy body—the Student Recreational Sports Association (SRSA), special events and outreach programs, including the Jill Behrman Run for the End Zone, the Spirit of Sport, Family Night Program, and through the RS Magazine editorial and production team.

For students interested in a career in recreational sports management, IU has one of the country’s leading programs, through the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies. A fitness specialist option is also available through the Department of Kinesiology. The fitness specialist program provides specialized educational and practical experiences to those interested in a career in the emerging industries related to fitness, health, and wellness.

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