OU Campus Rec: a home away from home

The Department of Campus Recreation has come a long way since first opening 1998. Constant expansion and growth has led to a steady rise in the amount of people who utilize the facility consistently. In 15 years, we have become a home away from home for those who are seeking to improve their health and wellness, and they are hoping to only grow moving forward.

But even with all of the constant growth, we find ourselves asking this question: “why?” 

What is it about our facilities, the programs that we put on, or the services that make people want to keep coming back? The answer can be found in many different places: on the basketball courts, in the fitness center, at the welcome desk, in a group exercise class, throughout the sea of intramural sports, and even from people who are working to make all of these services possible.

“We strive to offer something for everyone, as there are many ways to achieve a state of wellness.” said Greg Jordan, Director of Campus Recreation. On most days, Greg uses his lunch break to get into the fitness center and exercise. “I’ve been asked a lot over time, ‘what is the best exercise to get in shape?’ My answer is not swimming, running, weightlifting, biking or anything specific.  My answer is whatever motivates you to get off the couch and into the gym!”

Director of Campus Recreation

Director of Campus Recreation, Greg Jordan

Here at the Rec Center, we strive to make your lives better by providing health and wellness opportunities. Whether it’s through participating in club sports, participating in an intramural sport with your friends, coming to events that the Rec puts on, participating in a Group Exercise class, or you just want to get a great workout in the fitness center, our main goal is to give you the tools to succeed.

OU Senior Derek MacDonald, who is also a Resident Assistant for the Housing Department, is an avid user of the Rec’s facilities. “My favorite thing about campus recreation is the fact that it’s so readily available for students. It’s right in the heart of campus, which makes it so easy to motivate myself to go to the recreation center and make myself a more active person. I also enjoy that they have so many different options of things you can do from weight lifting, to basketball, Zumba, spin classes, and many others. It’s really a great environment to better yourself in.”

OU Senior and Resident Assistant on campus, Derek MacDonald

OU Senior and Resident Assistant on campus, Derek MacDonald

See more about Derek and his success story here.

Making these services available to students is easy when you have a dedicated, hard-working staff whose number one goal is to create the opportunity to build a better community. Sarah Button, who is the Marketing Graduate Assistant, is responsible for informing the Oakland University community of the activities that the Rec Center is providing.

“My favorite part of Campus Recreation at Oakland University is hands down, without a doubt, the people. I have always considered Campus Rec coworkers, students, and patrons my second family,” said Sarah when discussing her duties. “I think most importantly, people need to recognize the importance and value of being in good health. You only get one body, so you have to take care of it!  With society’s focus on fitness and wellness growing, I think people will realize the Rec Center is a valuable resource on OU’s campus!”

Marketing Graduate Assistant, Sarah Button

Marketing Graduate Assistant, Sarah Button

Overall, it’s important for you to note that the Rec Center can be a home away from home, no matter where your fitness levels are. If you’re new to working out, you’re welcome in our facilities. If you workout every single day, you’re welcome in our facilities. If you can only come to the Rec Center in the mornings, or only in the evenings, or even only in the middle of the day for 30 minutes, you’re welcome here. If you just want to play IM sports, or just want to participate in a club sport, or just want to attend a group exercise class, we will never discourage you.

We look forward to seeing you this semester. Get comfortable; this is your home away from home.


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