Student Affairs

This month in Campus Rec: Visit the wellness zone; Puppies and Patriots 5K/Dog Walk; CORE offerings; Pool to paddle


The Spring semester is in full swing, and the Department of Campus Recreation is busy with student activity throughout its facilities.

One of the revamped spaces in Fike Recreation Center is the wellness zone, a space that welcomes restoration with soft lighting and relaxing furniture, as well as virtually-guided content such as yoga, stretching, mindfulness, breathwork and meditation. More information about the space can be found on the Campus Rec website. The space is reservable.

Intramural sports are off and running. February is one of the busiest months, as registration opens for kickball, home run derby, soccer, softball and ultimate frisbee. Participation is limited to Campus Rec members; visit IM Leagues to sign up!

Campus Rec is hosting its annual Puppies and Patriots 5K at the Snow Complex (250 Campus View Trail, Seneca, SC) on Saturday, March 9. The event is open to anyone, including members of the local community. The course is a mix of trails, road and cross country and prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each category. Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by the 5K and dog walk at 9.

The event ties directly into Clemson’s value of patriotism.

“Clemson has a strong military heritage, and proceeds from the event go to help veterans with service dogs,” says Claire Bartlett, a junior marketing major who interned with Campus Rec last semester and was heavily involved in the planning of the event. “Hopefully, everyone will come out and enjoy the 5K or bring their dogs out for a nice walk around our beautiful lakefront property.”

Registration cost and other information is available on the Puppies and Patriots website.

Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE) is offering several programs in the month of February. On Friday, Feb. 16, Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center is hosting an art night from 7-9 p.m. CORE staff have planned a hike at Turtleback Falls in Brevard, North Carolina the following day. Finally, CORE leaders are taking students to Worley’s Cave in Tennessee for a day of spelunking on Saturday, Feb. 24. More information on all three trips can be found on the CORE website.

Looking ahead to the summer, CORE is hosting students for an international trip to the island of Dominica from May 11-19. Last year, 10 students and three Campus Rec staff members enjoyed a trip rooted in service and adventure.

A new collaboration between CORE and Campus Rec’s aquatics program, “Pool to Paddle” equips students with kayaking and paddleboarding skills. Six sessions are scheduled total, three in McHugh Natatorium and three in Lake Hartwell at Andy’s. The sessions focus on water safety, floating and crawling. The first session is scheduled for the pool from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. The series concludes its third lake session on Wednesday, April 17. More information is available on the Campus Rec website.