Get a Job at CRI

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Ever think about what it would be like to work for CRI? Well now is your chance to find out!

From February 9 through March 1 the Job Portal on the Student Employment website will list every single job opening within CRI. This includes positions at the RAC, GSU Golf Course and the new Shooting Sports Education Center.

All you have to do is look through the job postings. Once you find one that you might like, submit your application with your cover letter and resume. It’s that easy. And you can apply for more than one position.

If you have questions about employment at CRI, tables will be set up across campus where you can speak directly with current student employees. The times and locations are as follows:

         Feb. 16 – Russell Union Bus Stop, 10am-2pm

         Feb. 17 – Outside the Dining Commons, 10am-2pm

         Feb. 23 – RAC Lobby, 4pm-8pm

         Feb. 24 – outside Lakeside Café, 10am-2pm

                      – RAC Lobby, 4pm-8pm

         Feb. 25 – Forrest Drive Bus Stop, 10am-2pm

                      – RAC Lobby, 4pm-8pm

         Feb. 26 – RAC Lobby, 4pm-8pm

CRI employs over 350 students and is actually the number one student employer on campus. This is because of the various divisions and areas that students can work in. Plus, working for CRI is awesome, so who wouldn’t want to apply? Some of the positions include:

         Recreation Facility Assistant

         Lifeguard

         Web Media Assistant

         Graphic Design Assistant

         Intramural Sports Scorekeeper

         Southern Adventures Attendant

        Southern Adventures Bike Mechanic

         Fitness Specialist

         Group Fitness Instructor

         Personal Trainer

         Club Sports Supervisor

         Golf Course Attendant

         Golf Course Maintenance Greenskeeper

         Shooting Sports Assistant

Any of these sound like something you would like to do?

Don’t forget, the job postings are only open for three weeks, so mark it on your calendar and don’t forget to apply!

Aquatics Center Now and Later

The activities of the Aquatics Center ebb and flow just like the water that it is centered around.

At CRI the Aquatics Center has held many events this past semester and is looking forward to hosting more next semester.

Over the past semester, the events and activities that the Aquatics Center has hosted have done better than ever.

The Dive-In Movie featuring 22 Jump Street saw the largest attendance to date with 350 guests, Battleship had the largest participant record as well with 12 teams.

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Swim the Sunbelt participants are doing a great job this semester. The Georgia Southern football team is playing a great season, which translates to a lot of yardage for swimmers! Even with all of the touchdowns to keep up with, participation is at an all time high!

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Next semester CRI members can look forward to even more aquatic events like the Polar Bear Plunge on January 26, another Dive-In Movie on April 10th, and then the Outdoor Pool Opening on April 13th.dsc_0011 copy

“The water is fun! The staff here is great, the atmosphere is always positive. Water exercise has been proven to be one of the most effective types of exercise out there,” Brad Field, Aquatics Graduate Assistant, said.

Along with events, the Aquatics Center offers numerous classes for members such as group and private swim lessons. In addition, for those interested First Aid, CPR/AED, and lifeguard classes are offered to students. Also, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor classes are taught as advanced courses.

Group Fitness utilizes the Aquatics Center as well for Aqua Zumba and Water Aerobics.

Along with the activities and events, the facility itself is fully equipped for the benefit of members.

Indoors there is the 385,000 gallon competition pool with 1 and 3 meter diving boards in the diving well of the pool, and two 5,000 gallon whirlpools. There is also a dry sauna, two large scale locker rooms and a family locker room. Outdoors, there is a 60,000 gallon pool with a vortex.

Swimmers can also use the full set of water weights, kick boards, and floating belts.

The wet classroom is also equipped with full digital and AV capability.

“Whether someone is just lounging in the sauna or whirlpool, or swimming laps, I have never heard of someone who didn’t enjoy their experience in our facility,” Field said.

The Aquatics Center indoor pool is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and for more information about hours or events being hosted, visit http://recreation.georgiasouthern.edu/aquatics/aquatic-center/indoor-pool/.

Find Your #RACLife for 2014

Welcome back, Eagles!

This spring is packed with great programs and events to get you involved, stay in shape, and help you find your #RACLife.

To stay updated, I encourage you to follow GSUCampusRec on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We still have more #RACLife T-shirts to give away, so don’t miss out on a chance to win one!

Here is a quick overview for this semester.

Fitness

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Print your own schedule here.

There are three new group fitness classes to check out this semester! We have added a Meditation class, Restorative Yoga, and Interval Training. Never heard of them? You can read the class descriptions here to give you an idea of what to expect before you show up.

Spring Break Boot Camp is back this semester! The boot camp will begin January 21 and is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. No registration required.

Intramurals

Registration has opened for pre-season basketball and will close January 15. Mark your calendars to make sure you and your team is registered to play!

Also, Soccer and Bowling registration opens on the first day of classes. Remember, choosing days to play are first come first serve!

Lastly, be on the lookout to play CRI Open Golf later this spring!

Golf Course

If you haven’t gone to check out the new Georgia Southern Golf Course yet, or even if you have, book your tee time here. It’s only $7 for students to play! You can even sign up for lessons and rent clubs if you’re new to the sport.

Club Sports

The Club Sports Fair is on January 21 at 6 p.m. During the fair, you will have a chance to meet over 30 teams and get more information on how to get involved. Check out our directory to get an idea what’s available before you get to the fair!

Southern Adventures

Campus Cycle had its kick-off last night, and we only have about 15 bikes left, so come on out to rent your bike for the semester. Rental is $30 for the entire semester and includes the bike, a lock, and free parts and maintanence. Don’t miss out on this awesome program. It can help you to save gas money while giving you guaranteed exercise everyday!

SA will also be hosting tons of climbing and skills clinics. Pre registration is required.

Aquatics

There will be some Red Cross certification classes this semester. If you are interested in any of the certification classes register with Member Services on the first floor of the RAC.

If you’re interested in working as a lifeguard, go ahead and sign up for the certification to help better your chances of a job with CRI!

In addition to the Red Cross Certification, aquatics will be hosting Swim2Break, the Polar Bear Plunge, and Dive-In Movie!

Wellness

Put wellness in your Wednesday is kicking off January 29th from 12-2 p.m. with a Just Dance Off event! Come to the Russell Union Stage and get active with Wii Just Dance.

Next month the Wellness program will have their annual Wellness Week. A variety of events are lined up to help you make wellness a daily routine.

Also, get excited for the Campus Farmer’s Market returning soon!

Stay tuned for more programs and events from CRI this spring! Feel free to visit our website for more information.

Have a great semester!

A Personal Experience: Aqua Zumba Edition

On Wednesday, October 30, I had the opportunity to participate in the RAC’s weekly aqua Zumba class. I have never taken a Zumba class before and I really wanted to try something new. If you are looking for a class that challenges you physically but still allows you to enjoy your workout then this is the class for you!

I must admit, I was a little skeptical about going in the pool when it is beginning to get cold outside, but I was reassured that the class is in the indoor pool and it is a nice temperature. The water will be a little cold at first, but you will warm up as soon as you get started!

Zumba is a little fast paced but the instructor, Tara, encouraged us to go at our own pace and stressed the importance of focusing on the workout instead of focusing on keeping up with her speed. When I got the hang of it, I began to really “feel the burn” and enjoy myself.

Towards the end of the class, we were able to do a really unique ab work out, which was my favorite part of the class! I had a really good time and a great experience.

Please don’t forget to eat a good meal ahead of time, bring water, and a towel because the RAC doesn’t provide pool towels!

I had a lot of fun, and it’s really not as intimidating as it may seem. I encourage everyone to give it a try. Aqua Zumba is held once a week on Wednesdays at 6 pm. Hope to see you there!

Take the Plunge!

What do you do on the first day of the new year? Some of you may start working on your resolutions, take down Christmas decorations or sleep and recover from you hangover. You could also be like thousands of other people all around the world though and spend the day taking a dip in freezing cold waters! Coney1

People have been participating in Polar Bear Plunges all around the world for years. Some people do it to raise money for charities, and many of those tend to be for state Special Olympics. Though not held on New Year’s Day, one popular plunge that raises money for the Special Olympics is the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. The 17th annual plunge will be held this weekend, and almost $1.5 million has already been donated!

Other people take the plunge for an adrenaline rush. I read in the CNN article, Are Polar Bear Plunges Good for You? by Olivia B. Waxman, that while talking about his plunge at Coney Island in New York, MTV Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino told OK! Magazine, “You get a rush when you’re there because there are so many people doing it. It’s definitely like a shot of adrenaline.”

If you have a Polar Bear Plunge on your bucket list, CRI is here to help you cross it off! On Monday, January 28, our Aquatics Program will be holding the 3rd annual Polar Bear Plunge at the RAC outdoor pool from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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For anyone who has done it in the past and thought it wasn’t cold enough, we have something new for this year’s plunge. We are adding ice to the pool, and we want to see who is tough enough to brave the cold and even play a game of volleyball or basketball! After participating, we will be serving hot chocolate and giving away prizes as well!

Waxman also wrote in her CNN article that, “People with a family history of stroke, aneurysm, blood pressure problems, hypertension, or sudden cardiac death should be extra cautious and should probably be evaluated by a doctor before jumping in near-freezing water.”

Our pool water may not be as cold as the Atlantic Ocean where some of these events are held, but we still want you to be safe and cautious before taking the plunge with us on Monday!

If you have any advice for first time polar plungers or want to share your experience, we want to hear about it!

I hope to see you there!

Patty

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Sources:
http://www.kintera.org/site/c.7oIFJSPsGcIWF/b.8296065/k.8C67/About_the_Plunge.htm
http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/17/health/polar-bear-plunges/index.html
http://theweek.com/article/index/238333/9-hilarious-images-of-people-taking-the-polar-bear-plunge

Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…

Have you visited the pools at CRI this semester? If you haven’t, you should, and here’s why.

If you haven’t taken advantage of the aquatic facility in the RAC yet, and it’s because you’re not comfortable in the water, lets change that! Come to a free swim lesson preview!

There’s a preview on October 17 from 7-8 pm.  The best part is that the preview is free! If you decide to sign up, you’ll receive six swimming lessons for only $10 – that’s a steal!

Not only is it important to know how to swim for a safety reason, swimming is also an awesome form of exercise that has many benefits to your health and body.

Here are some benefits of swimming that I found on the LiveStrong website:

–       weight loss

–       low impact

–       toning

–       circulation

–       aerobic exercise

–       muscle strength

You can read into depth about these points by clicking on these two links to the articles:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/471597-how-does-swimming-help-the-human-body/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/100383-benefits-swimming-exercise/

 

If you’d like to add a relaxing pool experience to your schedule, there will be a Dive-In Movie at 8 pm on Saturday, October 6. Come on out to relax and float around while watching Battleship (this movie title is a precursor to an upcoming event!) These events are a lot of fun and get you involved on campus in an easy way.

Ready to pick up the intensity? Tell your friends about BATTLESHIP happening on October 30 at 7 pm. If you’ve never heard of BATTLESHIP, check it out:

 

See ya around the pool decks!
Amanda

Spring Into the New Year with a Healthier You!

As the New Year rolls around, many people are fulfilling their resolutions to get healthy.  What many people don’t know is that there are all kinds of fun and unique ways to stay active through CRI.  This spring is filled with programs and activities such as Fitness’ Boot(y) Camp, Aquatics’ Inner Tube Water Polo, Southern Adventures’ Climbing Wall, Wellness Week, and the Club Sports Fair.

Boot(y) Camp is a dance based fitness class for females that meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7:00-8:30.  Most of the class consists of Flirty Girl but some sessions will have guest teachers for African Dance, Irish Dance, etc.  Meeting in the Mind and Body studio, the class lasts from January 24-March 8.  You can register online for $10 per person.

Inner Tube Water Polo is exactly what it sounds like!  But for those still a little confused, the object of the game is to score on the other team’s goalie by moving the ball to one side of the pool – all while floating on inner tubes.  No skill level is required.  Just come out and have some fun during free play hours from 8-10pm on January 25, February 1,8,15, March 28, and April 25 at the RAC indoor pool.


Trying your hand at the Southern Adventures climbing wall is a good way to challenge yourself and switch up your workout.  Open from 4-9 Monday-Thursday, 12-3 Saturday and 5-8 Sunday, the certified Southern Adventures staff would love to help you get started.  There are paths that range from beginner to expert and the RAC provides all the equipment you need.  I climbed the wall for the first time last semester and I had a blast!  For those less daring, our bouldering cave is a great activity that is always open.

The University Wellness Program puts on Wellness Week each semester to support and educate students on the seven dimensions of wellness – emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.  Speakers will discuss such topics as sustainability and nutrition.  Students can also learn more at the Live Well Fair in Russell Union on February 29th from 8am – 12:30 pm.

If you enjoy intramural sports, but are looking to up your game, Club Sports is the place to be!  Come check out all the different options at the Club Sports fair on January 23 from 6-8pm at the RAC.  Some of the teams include volleyball, MMA, tennis, cross-country, soccer and dance.
There is truly an activity for everyone at CRI no matter what your fitness level.  We want to help you reach your New Year’s goals, so stop by the RAC today and try something new!

Hope to see you soon!

Caroline