As I was leaving a meeting on campus this evening, I opened the door and stepped outside into the overwhelmingly beautiful scent of summer. I could smell the grass and the plants and the sweet North Carolina air, which is finally warm, the way it should be, and the scent of honeysuckles made it all perfect. For the first time in a long time, the quad isn’t surrounded by construction fences and people aren’t rushing by each other as they try to get back inside where it’s warm. Campus is alive again and the pit is pulsing and once again, as always, I am reminded why I chose to call this place home.
I had to just go ahead and get my sap fest out because I’m realizing that yet another crazy but fantastic semester is coming to a close and things are about to get really hectic, so sometimes we all have to stop for a minute and remind ourselves why it is and will be worth it.
Even though the semester is swiftly dwindling, there is no shortage of exciting events happening through Campus Rec. It’s so important to stay healthy and active to balance your stress levels and show appreciation for your healthy body, so I’ve compiled all of our announcements and events right here so that you can conveniently plan to join the fun!
- Fitness Passports!
You can pick up a Fitness Passport from the front desk at the SRC, the Campus Rec Main Office (SRC 101), or Liz Walz’s office in SRC 202. The card will contain six challenges for you to complete before April 24th, and when you complete them all and return your card you’ll get a bag of Campus Rec gear and goodies, also known as a “Campus Rec swag bag.” The six challenges are:
- Visit the Functional Movement and Fitness Center in the SRC, where a fitness consultant will perform a brief functional movement screening for you! The FMFC is located directly to your right after get your card swiped at the front desk in the SRC!
- Like the Tar Heel Wellness Challenge and UNC Campus Rec pages on Facebook to stay up to date with all we have to offer and with the holistic health goals for UNC students, faculty, and staff posted on the Tar Heel Wellness Challenge page every two weeks!
- Go to one of the Weekend Warrior Series fitness classes or a Yoga Workshop!
- Post something that you accept or love about your body and your health on social media using #UNCbodybeautiful.
- Take any of the 80 group fitness classes offered for free every single week, all semester long!
- Complete one of the Training Time series workout videos on the Campus Rec YouTube channel and then post a picture of your workout on Instagram with #UNCtrainingtime.
Every time you complete a challenge, show a staff member on campus your completed social media challenge or have the staff member on duty at the event location sign off on your Fitness Passport card! When you complete your card, turn it in at the Campus Rec Main Office (SRC 101) to receive your swag bag!
- Tar Heel Top Out climbing competition.
This Saturday, UNC Chapel Hill will be hosting the Tar Heel Top Out, a rope climbing competition as part of the 5thannual Eastern Edge Climbing series. Eastern Edge schools include UNC, ECU, Duke, Old Dominion, and Virginia Commonwealth, but current college students from any school are invited to attend and compete!
Registration starts at 10am on Saturday, April 11, 2015 and the competition will run from 11am-6pm in Fetzer Gym C. Registration costs are as follows:
- $20: Pre-registration for Eastern Edge school students
- $25: Pre-registration for all other students
- $30: Day-of registration
- NOTE: If you’d like to register online and pay by credit card, participants who do not have a UNC ONYEN will have to contact Reggie Hinton to set up a guest account firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There are still 3 more expedition trips this semester!
- Backpacking Mount Rogers
This trip takes place on April 10-12, 2015 and you’ll be sure to have a fantastic adventure as you hike the highest peak in Virginia, where wild ponies call the great outdoors home!
- Kayaking Three Rivers
This day trip takes place on April 18, 2015 where the Eno River merges with the Flat River and empties into the backwaters of Falls Lake. You’ll kayak your way through a maze of tiny islands as you watch for the Great Blue Heron.
- Climbing Pilot Mountain
This day trip takes place on April 19, 2015 at the quartzite cliffs of Pilot Mountain nearby! You will learn to tie knots, belay, and climb effectively and safely with your group members!
Click here for more information about any of these expeditions and to register online!
- Entries are open for the Intramural Tennis Doubles Tournament until April 12! Click here for more rules and information and enjoy this wonderful weather!
Don’t get so swamped that you forget to enjoy the simple pleasures, like the smell of a spring evening at sunset. This semester will be over in the blink of an eye and this year, as seems to happen every year, we’ll be more ready for summer than ever before!