Spring Break 2020 in Florida

Explore Florida’s natural wonders with Adventure WV during spring break 2020! You’ll be canoeing, snorkeling, swimming, and camping among northern Florida’s natural springs, unique rivers and white sand beaches. You’ll also get the chance to visit the Suwannee River, Manatee Springs State Park, Cedar Key, Ichetucknee Springs State Park and the Santa Fe River. 

The trip starts on March 8 and ends March 16, with transportation provided. For pricing and other information visit the Florida Trip website.

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Candyland comes to life with themed Summit Café dinner Jan. 28

Take a trip back in time with WVU Dining Services to reminisce about when board games were as simple as seeking King Kandy as you skip along brightly colored spaces. Summit Café is holding a Candyland-themed dinner from 4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 that will feature special foods as well as classic board games. 

Visit the Candy Castle (Simple Servings) station for items such as maple-glazed turkey breast and brown sugar baked beans. Take a stroll through the Lollipop Woods to try the special Doughnut Burger (glazed doughnut cut in half and seared on flat grill with 4-oz patty, bacon, maple syrup, topped with powdered sugar) with a side of funnel fries. Wade through the Licorice Lagoon for items such as peppermint-crusted pork loin, candied yams and sweet chili fried chicken. And if all that isn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, visit the Cupcake Commons, Ice Cream Slopes, Chocolate Mountain, Gingerbread House and Cotton Candy machine for some classic desserts. 

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Scholarship established in honor of former WVU Collegiate Recovery director

West Virginia University students who are in recovery will benefit from a scholarship established in honor of Cathy Yura, a long-time psychologist and former director of the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program who retired in December after more than 40 years at WVU.

The Cathy Yura Recovery Scholarship, created by the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program and West Virginia Sober Living, will grant a $1,000 scholarship annually to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student based on the following criteria:

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Belay classes are back in session

Come belay with us at the climbing wall this Spring. During this course you’ll learn how to climb indoors, safety and signal procedures, belaying and more. Taking this course, and passing the belay test, will give you confidence and skills you need to climb the Wall in the Rec Center. This class is offered to all WVU Recreation Center members and costs $12. You can register online and find more information about this course below. 


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It’s the new year, which means new habits

Are you looking to update your workout routine, or form new habits this new year? A great way to do that is through personal training. Campus Recreation has personal trainers staffed and ready to help you change your life. Personal trainers will help you create a personal plan to help you meet your goals and provide the motivation to keep going. Single or partner student packages will help you keep good habits all year. For more information, visit the link below.

Personal Training

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Learn to swim at the SRC

Before summer starts, get in some private swim lessons at the Student Recreation Center. This one-on-one class will be tailored to you and your swimming capabilities to ensure that you’ll become confident in the water. 

Each 30-minute lesson will be held at the SRC Leisure Pool and are flexible to work around each individual’s schedule. Lessons are available for anyone ages 3+! Registration opens January 21 and closes April 9. 

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Adventure WV offering trip to further expand outdoor leadership skills

Adventure WV is offering a way for students to develop their outdoor training skills through teaching and leadership. This Senior Trip Leader Training Expedition takes place May 9 through 20 and will expand on existing leadership skills while utilizing advanced instructional techniques. 

For those interested in this program, visit the link above to view the suggested equipment list and suggested prior skills and training to attend the Senior Trip Leader Training Expedition.

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Winter Yard Games all semester long

All semester long the Student Recreation Center will be holding Winter Yard Games on every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 5-8 p.m. 

Winter Games such as cornhole, ladder golf and many others will be held at the Rec. Bring your friends and compete in these activities to beat the winter blues or even maintain your new year resolutions of staying active. 

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Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Reorientation (SOAR) applications open

Are you looking for a way to destress after your freshman year of college? The SOAR program is the perfect way to reflect on your freshman year, plan for your sophomore year and travel to new exciting places! You’ll work on your leadership and healthy living skills, and create strategies that will help you succeed in your sophomore year, all while making new friends along the way and exploring new and exciting places. 

There are two available programs, SOAR Utah and SOAR New River Gorge. SOAR Utah is a 3-credit course that includes a two-week trip to Canyonlands National Park and the Green River in Utah, and runs May 10-23. SOAR NRG is a 6-day trip including an overnight rafting trip, hiking and climbing in the beautiful New River Gorge in West Virginia, and runs May 10-15. 

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Kayak Roll Sessions in the SRC pool are back

Come learn how to roll a whitewater kayak with our trained instructors at the Student Recreation Center! Whether you’re a beginner or looking to brush up on your rolling skills, this session is for you. 

Equipment and instruction for beginners is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, but more experienced boaters are welcome to bring their own boats for open-practice as well. 

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Recovery Ally training offered to students

The WVU Collegiate Recovery Program is offering a Recovery Ally training to help the WVU community learn tools to support people in recovery from substance use disorders. The hour-long training provides attendees with education to better understand the process of recovery, help confront stigma related to addiction and utilize appropriate language when discussing substance use disorders. Participants will also learn about available resources in Morgantown and best practices to help those in need access services. 

The Recovery Ally trainings are open to all WVU faculty, staff and students. All trainings will be held from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Bluestone Room at the Mountainlair. RSVP is not required. The training dates are as follows:

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Health Promotion and Wellness focus groups to be held in January

WVU is working to support a happier, healthier community for all by coordinating existing wellness initiatives and identifying gaps in programming. The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, led by Tara Hulsey, vice president for health promotion and wellness, is collaborating with internal and external to create a stronger culture of wellbeing for employees and students and to ensure wellness offerings are visible, accessible and strategically aligned.

As part of this process, your input and expertise is needed. All WVU students and employees are invited to attend on-campus focus groups to learn more about work being done by the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness and to provide feedback on the current climate of wellbeing at WVU.

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Campus Recreation offering lifeguard review courses

Campus Recreation is teaming up with the American Red Cross to offer two lifeguard review courses this spring semester. These courses are intended for already certified lifeguards to touch up on skills including water rescues, CPR/AED and first aid. Those who complete the training will receive a 2-year certification from the American Red Cross. 

Registration will be open January 21 through April 18 at the Student Recreation Center front desk. To learn more, visit bit.ly/LifeguardReview.

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Looking for an exciting evening trip this winter?

Sign up for one of Adventure WV’s weekday ski shuttle trips this spring semester if you’re looking for a thrilling evening on the slopes! Trips include a round-trip shuttle to resorts Wisp and Seven Springs and optional packages for gear. No matter if you’re an experienced skier or a beginner, there are trails of various difficulty levels. 

These trips fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot! Visit the link below for registration and the full trip schedule.

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Calling all graduate students for the Mix Your Minds Mixer Jan. 22

Interested in an evening of shared ideas, networking and drinks with fellow graduate students from across the university? Then join the WVU LaunchLab and the WVU Graduate Education and Life on January 22 at 5 p.m. for the Mix Your Minds Mixer.

The Mix Your Minds Mixer is specifically designed for graduate students to provide them with an opportunity to think innovatively and problem solve with others from various disciplines and departments. WVU has over 246 grad programs and all are invited and encouraged to attend. This inaugural event will include conversation-starting activities as well as opportunities to meet and mingle with peers and other entrepreneurial leaders at the university. Research and ideas being developed across campus and departments can be shared and discussed as this networking event. Additionally, food and beverages will be provided.

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