Engaged Hawks Soaring in Health and Happiness

The new, 81,709-square feet Recreation and Wellness Center opened its doors in August 2018 and features dozens of amenities for students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and community members. This Center is more than just a gym. It's a place where you can enhance and maintain your physical and mental health, challenge yourself and spend time with friends.

From rowing machines to fitness classes to educational workshops, the Recreation and Wellness Center is the perfect environment for self improvement and fun! Ready to get fit and stay healthy? Visit our Member Services to learn more.

Departmental Updates

  New Rec Center Operating Hours go into effect Monday, January 20
 

Effective Monday, January 20, 2020, the Rec Center will have the following operating hours during the Spring 2020 semester.

  • Mondays: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Tuesdays:  7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Wednesdays:  7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Thursdays:  7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Fridays:  7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sundays: 12 - 6 p.m.

The 6 to 7 a.m. hour has been removed due to budget restrictions and extremely low usage numbers for the past 18 months. While we know this will impact some users, we spoke with numerous members of the UHCL community, both students and non-students, and received support from UHCL administration to make this change. 

  American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certification for Community
 

Looking for an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certification? The Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness is offering community certification classes for the Spring 2020 semester.

The classes will use the blended learning model, which includes a ~3 hour online portion that must be completed prior to your ~2 hour in-class portion. When registering for the course, you will select which in-person class you want to attend. After you register and pay, you will be emailed instructions with the link for the online portion and must submit verification of completion prior to your in-person class.

Cost per individual: $75/person

If you are part of larger group and want to schedule a course specifically for your group, please contact Brian Mills at millsb@uhcl.edu. Group discounts may be available.

In-person Class Options for Spring 2020:

  • February
    • Friday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • March
    • Wednesday, Mar. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Thursday, Mar. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • April
    • Wednesday, Apr. 15  from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Monday, Apr. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • May
    • Friday, May 8 from 3 to 5 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registration Instructions

  1. Go to RWConnect
  2. Click on Log In in the top right corner. 
    • If you are a UHCL student or employee, use your UHCL username and password.
    • If you are not a UHCL student or employee, you will have to create an account.
  3. Once logged in, use the search box at the top of the screen and search for "CPR". You should see Community Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
  4. Select which in-person class you want to attend and click the green Register button on that class.
  5. Complete the payment screens and submit payment. ONLY CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE.
    • If you need to pay with a check or cash you must register in-person at the Member Services desk during normal business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    • Contact Brian Mills at millsb@uhcl.edu directly to discuss alternative payment options for a group.
  6. After completing registration, you will receive an email with instructions for the online portion of the class along with how to submit verification of completion.
  7. No refunds are allowed for failure to complete the online portion or failure to pass written or skills tests during the in-person portion.

All in-person classes will be held at the UHCL Recreation and Wellness Center in our conference room located in our admin suite, Rec Center 203. A campus map can be found online and the Rec Center is listed as building 5.

Parking passes are not included in the registration for the certification and hourly passes can be purchased from the parking kiosk directly in front of the Rec Center and rates are between $2 and $5. You will park in Lot D which is directly in front of the Rec Center and the kiosk is located on the loop road between Lot D and the Rec Center.

Campus Recreation and Wellness Information

  Master Departmental Policies
 

Departmental Master Policies and Procedures

The Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness reviews its master policies and procedures on a semi-annual basis. Upon review, proposed changes, edits, and new policies are created to enhance the overall safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the department. Policies and procedures are intended to provide consistency in expectations for all patrons and our department.

These policies have been reviewed and approved by the Campus Recreation Advisory Board (CRAB), the Executive Director for Health and Wellness, and the Vice President of Student Affairs. The last revision was done on August 16, 2019.

  Impact of Campus Recreation and Wellness
 

Fall 2018 Impact Numbers

  • Total check-ins: 37,341
  • Distinct users: 2,346 students or 25.7% of student body
  • Male/Female usage: 66% male, 33% female
  • Classification usage by total check-ins:
      • First year: 1,465
      • Sophomores: 1,215
      • Juniors: 6,851
      • Seniors: 10,496
      • Masters: 8,046
      • Doctorate: 862

Fall 2018 GPA Impact of Rec Center Users vs. Non-Users

  • UHCL Cumulative GPA
      • All students: 3.03
      • Rec Center Users: 3.10
  • Breakdown by gender: Rec Center users vs. non-users
      • Fall GPA 
          • Female non-users: 3.11
          • Female Rec Center Users: 3.20
              • Uses Rec Center 25-49 times: 3.35
              • Uses Rec Center 50-74 times: 3.14
              • Uses Rec Center 75-99 times: 3.40
          • Male non-users: 2.83
          • Male Rec Center Users: 2.97
              • Uses Rec Center 25-49 times: 2.97
              • Uses Rec Center 50-74 times: 3.18
              • Uses Rec Center 75-99 times: 3.20
  • Breakdown by college Rec Center users
      • College of Business: 3.11
      • College of Education: 3.55
      • College of Human Sciences and Humanities: 3.20
      • College of Science and Engineering: 3.08

Spring 2019 Impact Numbers

  • Total check-ins: 36,103
  • Distinct users:  2,162 students or 26% of student body
  • Male/Female usage: 58% male, 39% female
  • Classification usage by total check-ins:
      • First year: 83
      • Sophomores: 98
      • Juniors: 467
      • Seniors: 926
      • Masters: 532
      • Doctorate: 56

Spring 2019 GPA Impact of Rec Center Users vs. Non-Users

  • UHCL Cumulative GPA
      • All students : 3.05
      • Rec Center Users: 3.10
  • Breakdown by gender: Rec Center users vs. non-users
      • Female non-users: 3.11
      • Female Rec Center Users: 3.23
          • Uses Rec Center 25-49 times: 3.18
          • Uses Rec Center 50-74 times: 3.25
          • Uses Rec Center 75-99 times: 3.67
      • Male non-users: 2.87
      • Male Rec Center Users: 2.97
          • Uses Rec Center 25-49 times: 3.14
          • Uses Rec Center 50-74 times: 3.22
          • Uses Rec Center 75-99 times: 3.20
  • Breakdown by college Rec Center users
      • College of Business: 3.10
      • College of Education: 3.65
      • College of Human Sciences and Humanities: 3.14
      • College of Science and Engineering: 3.14

Quick Look

  Rec Center Location
 

The Recreation and Wellness Center is located on the north side of campus near the Middlebrook Drive and Bayou Road East intersection, near Entrance 3 and parking lot D. The facility is across from the new STEM building and next to the Hunter Hall.

The Recreation and Wellness Center is building 5 on the campus map. A Visitor's Parking kiosk is located directly in front of the east side of the facility near the loop intersection. Once a visitors pass is purchased, visitors may park in Lot D parking spots designated for visitors.

From the Bayou Building: Exit through the north entrance and walk through the Student Services and Classroom Building (SSCB). 

From SSCB: Exit SSCB through the north sliding doors, follow the sidewalk toward Middlebrook Drive. Go past the little gazebo and the construction site on your right. The Center will be on your right; look for the building with blue and green glass and second floor terraces.

  Building Layout - Academic Side and Recreation Side
 

First Floor:
Drawing of Campus Recreation and Wellness first floor

Academic Side Main Entrance Area Recreation Side
Left of Main Entrance Between Academic and Recreation Right of Main Entrance

9. Biomechanics lab
10. Exercise physiology lab
11. Cafe
12. Motor control and development lab



6. Welcome Center
7. Lobby
8. Collaboration zone





1. MAC Gym
2. Main Gym 1 and 2
3 + 4. Fitness Zone
5. Locker rooms

*Recreation areas require valid UHCL student or member ID.

Second Floor:
Campus Recreation and Wellness 2nd floor layout

Academic Side Recreation Side
19. Student terrace
20. Classrooms
21. Exercise and Health Science
Department
22. Faculty terrace

13. 1/8-mile track
14. Satellite Fitness Zone
15. Multi-purpose rooms
16. Administrative suite
17. Backyard
18. Personal training studio
  Recreation Areas
 
  • Fitness zones with cardio, free weight, plate loaded, pin-select and Olympic spaces.
  • 2 regulation-sized basketball courts. 
    Courts can be converted to two volleyball or three badminton courts.
  • Multi-activity court (MAC gym) with dasher walls and protective netting 
    for indoor soccer, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball and other activities.
  • 2 multi-purpose rooms used for group fitness classes, meeting space or open recreation.
  • 1/8-mile, elevated, 3-lane indoor track.
    Located above multi-activity court and basketball courts.
  • Semi-private personal training space.
  • Stretching zone, cardio/strength space and two turf functional spaces.
  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms.
  • Social spaces and student work areas.
  • Outdoor field spaces include:

    • Recreation and Wellness Center's Backyard
      (between the Recreation and Wellness Center and STEM building)

    • Delta Complex with one large lit field, four tennis courts and two outdoor basketball courts

Visit Facilities

  Recreational Sports
 
  • Intramural sports are individual, dual and team sports.
    Events range from single-day to multi-week tournaments.
  • Use IMLeagues to view and register for intramural sports. Make sure to specify UHCL as your school and use your UHCL email. Chrome browser recommended.
  • Sport Clubs are sports-based student organizations for soccer, volleyball, fusion dance, cricket, eSports, and the spirit squad.

Visit Recreational Sports

  Academic Areas
 
  • Biomechanics lab
  • Exercise physiology lab
  • Motor control lab
  • 50- and 40-seat classrooms, group study rooms and faculty suite
Contact
  • rwconnect

    Campus Recreation and Wellness

    Email: CampusRecreation@uhcl.edu 

    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 245
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Phone: 281-283-2330
    Member Services: 281-283-2331 
    Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Rec Center Spring hours

    Jan. 20 - May 17
    Mon. - Thurs., 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
    Fri., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sun, Noon - 6 p.m.

    More Hours


    Outdoor Spaces hours:
    Daily: 7 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    Closed for inclement weather

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