Top 10 RecSports Things To Do

In this guest post, Kendra Bayne – Assistant Director at RecSports, shares with us that RecSports is about much more than getting a workout in. Keep reading to see all that they have to offer.

Are you an incoming graduate student at the University of Notre Dame looking for some awesome things to do this coming year? If you are, then you’ve come to the right place! Here at Notre Dame RecSports, we have a variety of offerings for our graduate students to get involved in so you can stay active, meet some new friends, and enhance your graduate experience while at the university. We have compiled a top ten list to give our incoming graduate students a starting point as they begin their search into Notre Dame RecSports.

 

  1. Add a certification to your resume

    One of our most beneficial offerings here at RecSports are our Certification Classes. RecSports offers American Red Cross certification courses for Adult CPR/AED and First Aid. These blended courses combine award-winning, engaging and interactive online simulation learning plus an in-person classroom session to learn and practice critical lifesaving skills for certification. Click here to learn more about our certification classes and how to sign up!Experience Intramural Sports – One of the largest traditions on the campus of Notre Dame, Intramural Sports offers the opportunity for students to participate in various leagues and tournaments throughout the year. Notre Dame is considered to have one of the most unique Intramural Sports programs in the country and graduate students have the ability to participate in a few of these unique sports such as broomball and curling. Click here to learn more about for more information on our Intramural Sports!

  2. Join a Club Sport 

    From rowing to volleyball, rugby to boxing, our club sports are a great way to engage in physical activity on and off campus. Club sports can challenge you to learn a new skill or improve your abilities in a sport you have played all your life. Additionally, the social aspect of joining any of our club sports allows you to meet new people on campus, forge strong friendships, and become an active member in the Notre Dame community. Click here for more information on our club sports!

  3. Conquer the Climbing & Bouldering Wall

    Built in 2017 by Eldorado, the Climbing & Bouldering Wall are made up of both high-performance paneling and real rock textures for the maximum variety of terrain. With over 2,000 sq. ft. of climbable surface, the walls feature a diverse mix of routes accommodating all climbers from beginner to advanced. Click here to learn more about the Climbing & Bouldering Wall!

  4. Try out Group Fitness Classes

    Tired of working out alone? Group Fitness Classes are the cure to that! Meet some new friends as you enjoy a wide variety of group fitness classes that accommodate a range of skills, interests, and age groups. Click here to check out all of our group fitness classes!

  5. Learn through Instructional Series

    For those looking to learn a new skill, such as Tai Chi or Partner Latin Dance, RecSports programs a large menu of instructional classes. These classes meet for a series of weeks rather than semester long, and lessons build upon each other. Click here for more information on our instructional series by visiting our website!

  6. Sign up for Personal Training

    If you’re looking to get serious about your exercise and physical activity, then hiring a personal trainer can be a great way to make a real change in your life. A personal trainer can help you improve your confidence by designing a fitness program unique to your needs and goals. Learn to improve your body’s functional movement through the use of safe and effective exercises that will keep you energized and ready to take your life in a whole new direction. Click here for more information on personal training, check out our website!

  7. Participate in the Domer Run

    Whether you would like to participate in the event or be a volunteer, everyone should be a part of the annual Domer Run! The Domer Run is a fun run with proceeds that are donated to the Gyna Girls of the RiverBend Cancer Services, whose mission is to support women with gynecological cancers, to educate others in recognizing gynecological cancer symptoms, and to be proactive in their own health. Click here for more information on this amazing event!

  8. Work at RecSports

    Each year, RecSports hires enthusiastic customer service oriented individuals to assist us in providing exceptional programs, facilities, and experiences for the Notre Dame community. Working for RecSports allows you to gain experience and transferable skills outside of the classroom. If you would like to work for RecSports, click here to view the process to working with us!

  9. Visit our Facilities

    RecSports has several amazing facilities that graduate students may access with your Irish1Card from sunrise to sunset, including the Smith Center for Recreational Sports in the Duncan Student Center, the Climbing & Bouldering Wall, Rockne Memorial, North Dome, and St. Joseph Beach. Whether you want to exercise or go for a swim at the beach, RecSports’ facilities are the places to visit! Click here to learn more about all of our facilities!

 

We hope that this list has provided all of our graduate students an informative start to their search into RecSports and that they will utilize their status as a graduate student of the University of Notre Dame to its full potential and stay active with us! If you have any questions or just want to continue your search, visit our website here. We can’t wait for you to join us!

 

Smith Center for Recreational Sports is located on the 3rd floor of Duncan Student Center

Campus Ministry: Feed Your Body, Feed Your Soul

In this guest post Kayla August, a member of the Campus Ministry team, reveals to incoming and current graduate students that there’s more to life than school. Keep reading to see how spirituality can be incorporated into your graduate career.

Find more info about campus ministry here.

 

When Summer arrives, the undergraduate community returns home or goes off to internships across the country. The graduate community, however,  stays anchored on-campus continuing their day in and day out grind on projects, exams, and dissertations still in progress.

 

Many of our hard-working graduate community members don’t get the benefit of a season-long break.  As they continue toward their goals of their graduate-level degree, they often forget that the important lessons are not always confined to the classroom, laboratory, or in a library cubicle. Instead, these are born in the interactions with friends, the navigation of where they will wind up next, and the consideration of what they believe and how they choose to live that out in the world. This requires a different type of education. This education is where Moreau would say “mind and heart” meet. It’s the education of the soul.

 

Mimi Beck, the Director of Graduate Student Life, spoke to this in a talk given as part of the graduate interfaith Summer series called Taste of Faith in late June. Mimi spends her days working and walking beside this community and has a keen insight into the struggles and joys of the graduate student experience. Mimi’s talk My Life’s Thesis: Finding Purpose in the Midst of Graduate Studies spoke directly to what she has witnessed in her work and her life.

 

“Have you ever seen ants going in a straight line?” she began. “They always seem to know exactly where they are going, but have you ever interrupted that trail? It takes them quite a while to find their way again.” Mimi used this analogy to examine the winding path of finding our purpose in life. Like the ants who lost their trail, our paths are not always a direct shot.

 

Mimi shared her own story while also shedding some of the wisdom she has gained over the years. Our future is often “like a horizon.” We see it in the distance, but as soon as we move toward it, it continues to elude us. As she shared her 9 winding years in undergrad, she revealed that she too struggled to find her purpose and took alternative means to getting where she is now. The attending students resonated and laughed as she hit particular pieces that spoke to their present struggles and concerns. She concluded her talk by handing out a sheet that listed numerous values. “Take a minute to circle your top five values. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Feel free to add any you don’t see represented here.” Silence fell as students took a moment to reflect. What are the values that guided them day to day? Family? Curiosity? Hope? Joy? Equality? And how do these core values motivate their day to day life?

 

As this time of reflection ended, Mimi preached that “studies show that being reminded daily  of our values keeps us happier.” It reminds us why we do what we do. Family, being one of her core values, is her guide on long days in the office and a reminder of the “why” amidst the daily grind.

 

Mimi was able to touch on one deep truth: that in life, our learning never ceases and each day is another page in that discovery.  After a delicious dinner of Portillos and a compelling talk from Mimi, the graduate students left with more than one thing to chew on. Finding our purpose is rarely a straight line; each of us has to find our own path in our own time.

 

If you, like the ants, are trying to relocate your trail, the next interfaith opportunity will be Thursday, July 19th at 6:30pm in the Coleman Morse Lounge. This month’s interfaith conversation will host Rabbi Karen Companez of Temple Beth- El as she guides our community in a reflection of the challenges of living a life of integrity prior to and after graduation. A complete kosher meal will be provided. Please RSVP here.

 

Come one and all. This is, once again, for anyone looking for lessons not found in the classroom. All students of life are welcome.

Campus Ministry also hosts First Friday dinners.