From the Executive Director
Health and well-being are critical to student success. At NC State, we believe it is our responsibility to provide our students with skills and strategies to help them thrive.
Research continues to demonstrate the positive impact of physical activity and holistic well-being on academic success.
The importance of ensuring the health and well-being of NC State students has never been more apparent.
Wellness and Recreation is positioned to lead the charge in advancing the importance of well-being. Our programs, services and facilities aid in making students feel and perform better.
As construction continues on the Wellness and Recreation Center, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2020, I am confident that we will continue to be leaders in wellness.
Executive Director, Wellness and Recreation
By The Numbers
participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities, totaling to 73% of all Recreational Sport fee-paying students.
of undergraduate students participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.
percent of undergraduate students by academic classification that participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.
of graduate students participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.
of students living on-campus participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.
of international students participated in Wellness and Recreation programs, services and facilities.
visits to the Carmichael Complex during the 2018-19 academic year.
1,700 - 5,000
visits to the Carmichael Complex during any given day.
Our aquatics program provides swim lessons, American Red Cross health and water safety courses and open swim for recreational users. The Aquatics Center also serves as a host site for practices and events for campus partners such as NC State Athletics, student organizations and the Department of Health and Exercise Studies.
By the Numbers
- Completed 989 individual private swim lessons.
- Trained 369 participants in health and water safety courses. Courses included: lifeguarding, lifeguard recertification, CPR/AED/First aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuers.
- Private swim lessons shifted from a 50-minute class format to a 30-minute class format, reducing the waitlist period for participants.
NC State students participate in more than 40 different club sports organizations, building strong social communities on campus. All clubs are student organizations that practice regularly and compete against other universities at the regional and national level. Clubs engage in community service efforts, fundraise and participate in leadership development opportunities.
By the Numbers
- Club organizations self-reported 1,667 students participated, totaling 5% of the NC State student population.
- 44 organizations held 1,400 practices, hosted 82 home games/tournaments and traveled 129 times to compete.
- Operating expenses exceeded $620,468 of which club sports organizations raised approximately $531,468, representing 86% of club-specific operating budgets.
- The Men's Rugby Club won the 2019 Division II Collegiate National Championship.
- The Ice Hockey Club won the American College Hockey Associate (ACHA) Southeast Regional Tournament and competed in the Division II ACHA National Tournament for the first time.
- Implemented online concussion education module for club officers and required all officers from 11 "high-risk" clubs to complete.
- Implemented online hazing education module and required four officers from each club to complete.
With more than 80 group fitness classes such as cycling, TRX®, yoga, BODYPUMP™ and Zumba®, an innovative small group training program and robust personal training offerings, our fitness program provides a variety of experiences, leveraging nationally-certified staff and innovative spaces that challenge, motivate and inspire.
By The Numbers
- 7,005 students participated in fitness programs, totaling 20% of all NC State students.
- Offered 3,252 group fitness classes in 33 different formats. On average, 18 users participated in each class.
- Completed 3,699 personal training sessions for 208 users.
- Launched F45 Training as a premier fitness program. F45 Training uses integrated technology and programming developed by an expert physiologist, increasing the user experience. As a premier program, F45 Training passes generated more than $25,000 during the Spring 2019 semester. More than 245 users purchased a pass and on average, classes had 17 participants.
- NC State was recognized as an Exercise is Medicine® On-Campus "Gold Level Campus" for the fourth year by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). A "Gold Level" recognition is the highest level of recognition and is reserved for universities that have a formalized network with multiple health and well-being related departments on campus that includes physical activity in a student's treatment plan. 32 students participated in Exercise is Medicine®.
Intramural Sports offers the NC State community more than 50 leagues and special events that develop healthy behaviors and build relationships through sports.
Sports range from flag football, basketball, soccer and volleyball to exciting and unique events such as pool battleship, bubble soccer and cricket.
By the Numbers
- 6,198 students participated in intramural sports, totaling 17% of all NC State students.
- 64 league sports, special events and singles/doubles tournaments were offered during the 2018-19 academic year.
- Modified eligibility restrictions on league sport offerings. New protocol allows individuals to participate in multiple leagues during a traditional six-week season. In basketball, softball and 4-on-4 flag football, the number of individuals playing on multiple teams increased by 182% (309 participants in 2018, compared to 872 in 2019).
- Added indoor ultimate frisbee, grass volleyball, trampoline dodgeball and 7-on-7 outdoor soccer to program offerings.
- Launched an NC State branded IMLeagues mobile app to enhance the user experience with registration of intramural sports and group fitness classes.
Outdoor Adventures offers students unique outdoor trips to locations across the southeastern United States. Students who are looking to create their own expedition can also rent outdoor equipment from the Outdoor Adventures Equipment Rental Center or climb to new heights on the indoor climbing wall.
As part of our challenge course program, students, faculty and staff and external groups can develop individually or build community through customized programs in Schenck Memorial Forest or through mobile teambuilding programs.
By the Numbers
- 2,653 students participated in Outdoor Adventures, totaling 7% of all NC State students.
- Led 29 outdoor trips for 307 participants.
- 1,949 users visited the climbing wall.
- 1,772 individuals participated in 75 challenge course programs.
- Hosted inaugural "Wolf Camp" first-year experience. Wolf Camp is a three-day, lower-cost and less intimidating experience for first-year students as an alternative to the "Wolfpack Bound" adventure experience.
- Shifted trip offerings to include more local and inexpensive trips. Trips now include hiking at Umstead and Eno River State Parks, canoeing on Lake Raleigh and camping at the NC State Agroecology Farm.
Wellness and Recreation provides a robust array of programs and resources that promote the holistic well-being of the Wolfpack community. Using educational workshops on topics such as time management, benefits of physical activity and finals week programs that help students de-stress, support the well-being of the whole person.
ThriveWell seeks to cultivate a thriving community through experiences, resources and tools that connect to NC State's six elements of wellness: purpose, financial, physical, emotional, social and community.
By the Numbers
- 1,623 students participated in ThriveWell programs and outreach, totaling 5% of NC State students.
- Offered 150 outreach experiences ranging from education sessions and workshops, wellness challenges and campus-wide collaborative events.
- Wellness coaching, a free service, launched in the Fall 2018 semester. This service provides NC State students with education, support and encouragement to develop healthy behaviors. More than 250 students participated in 700 coaching sessions.
- The Wolfpack Wellness 101 module launched in January 2019. Developed in partnership with the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, NC State Dining and DELTA, the self-paced, gamified module allows students to explore campus and learn about numerous wellness resources and support available.
- Hosted the third annual Wolfpack Way of Life: NC State Wellness Fair. More than 3,000 students, faculty and staff attended the event and interacted with more than 50 campus and community vendors.
- The Integrated Care Model, a collaboration between the Counseling Center, Prevention Services, Student Health Services and Wellness and Recreation, aims to better treat and prevent lifestyle and mental health-related issues using traditional and behavioral health options. Through this program, students can be referred to one or both of the following services: Exercise is Medicine® or wellness coaching. This year, 32 students were referred to Exercise is Medicine® and 113 students were referred for wellness coaching.
Wellness and Recreation Center
With construction 30% complete as of May 2019, the Wellness and Recreation Center project is on schedule and within budget. The facility has an anticipated opening of October 2020. This project will provide and enhance much-needed fitness and wellness space that will be welcoming, open, accessible and sustainable.
As the central hub of well-being, the Wellness and Recreation Center will build a deep and lasting impact on the NC State community and play a significant role in the out-of-classroom student experience.
- Creates a centralized hub of recreation and wellness for campus.
- Provides additional 20,000-square-feet of much-needed fitness space. Specific spaces include fitness centers (informal strength and conditioning), functional training space, mind body studio and small group training/multipurpose space.
- Creates new recreation space that will include: state-of-the-art climbing center dedicated for recreational use, wellness space, teaching kitchen and more.
- The NC State Alumni Association produced a feature about the Wellness and Recreation Center in the autumn 2018 edition of the NC State Alumni magazine. Read Rejuvenating the Gym.
- Wellness and Recreation Center project was highlighted in a May 2019 feature on the NC State Capital Campaign website. Read More Than a Gym: Renovation Marks New Chapter for Wellness and Recreation.
By The Numbers
- Wellness and Recreation led 14 Wolfpack Welcome Week events in addition to Moonlight Howl and Run and RecFest.
- An estimated 10,000 students attended this year's RecFest. One of the largest on-campus events, Wellness and Recreation collaborated with 13 community businesses and nine NC State departments and organizations including: University Police, Office of Sustainability, NC State Athletics and PackTV.
- Facility and field rental and associated revenues for 2018-19 totaled $123,943.
- Aquatic facility rentals and associated revenues totaled $277,252.
- Wellness and Recreation collaborated with 73 external groups and campus partners to host 192 events for the NC State community.
- The Carmichael Complex hosted 31,724 scheduled reservations for NC State departments, student organizations and external groups.
Partnerships and Advancement
By the Numbers
- $6,464 was raised for the Wellness and Recreation Enhancement Fund.
- $14,950 was generated from marketing partnerships. 25 corporate partners purchased 41 marketing partnership opportunities.
- $4,278 was raised through 87 gifts during NC State's first-ever Day of Giving.
- 117 individuals donated to the Wellness and Recreation Enhancement Fund during the 2018-19 academic year.
- Wellness and Recreation presented red, black and white cords for student-employees to wear during commencement. Graduating students donated a minimum of $20.19. 35 students donated $707 in honor of the Wellness and Recreation Friends and Family Student Employee Scholarship.
- Awarded two Wellness and Recreation Friends and Family Student Employee Scholarships. Katherine Mansfield '20, group fitness instructor and Clare Bloss '21, facility attendant each received scholarships toward 2019-20 tuition and fees. Scholarships were presented at the 2019 "Wolfies," an end-of-the year student-employee recognition celebration.
Our student employment program supports more than 650 students employed annually. Students enhance their development by learning transferable skills that will prepare them for the future.
Photo Caption: Jordan Kelber '19, program assistant for facility operations and Eric Hawkes, executive director of Wellness and Recreation pose for a photo at the 2019 "Wolfies" end-of-the-year student-employee recognition celebration.
Jordan was the recipient of the John F. Miller Award. This award is given to a program assistant that demonstrates leadership, teamwork, is committed to healthy, active lifestyles, demonstrates professionalism, and reflects a positive representation of Wellness and Recreation.
By the Numbers
- As of May 2019, Wellness and Recreation employs 689 students in 1,374 positions. The department is the largest student employer of students in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs.
- 1,689 students applied with 484 hired.
- The Wellness and Recreation Student Development Scholarship program awarded $4,790 to 14 students to attend conferences, workshops and to earn certifications.
revenue generated by Wellness and Recreation.
Revenue Breakdown (%)
paid as student staff salaries accounting for 25% of Wellness and Recreation operating budget.
- Created new non-student fee trust fund that will allow Wellness and Recreation to track student fee funds and non-fee funds separately. This new budgeting framework will be implemented during the 2019-20 academic year.
Wellness and Recreation supports the well-being of the entire Wolfpack community by offering memberships to employees, alumni and affiliates of NC State. Members enjoy full access to the Carmichael Complex and amenities.
In addition to a diverse range of programs and services, Wellness and Recreation generates significant membership revenue, offsetting student fees and supporting overall operational expenses.
Marketing and Communications
Social Media Outcomes
- 5,852 Twitter followers with a 3% average engagement rate.
- 5,312 Instagram followers with a 6% average engagement rate.
- 4,359 Facebook followers with a 4% average engagement rate.
- Adam Sardinha - Value Through Integrated Marketing Campaigns | Campus Rec Magazine
- Ben Strunk - How to Create Efficiency in a Campus Recreation Department | Campus Rec Magazine
- Ben Strunk - Hiring the Best in Any Position | Campus Rec Magazine
- Ben Strunk - Healthy Competition in Programming | Campus Rec Magazine
- Ben Strunk - How to Achieve Anything | Campus Rec Magazine