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About the Alumni Program

Promoting Wellness Through a Lifetime of Sports and Recreation

Welcome to the RecWell Alumni page. If you participated in any of our programs or worked for the department as a student, we are proud to call you one of our own. Furthermore, we hope to re-connect you with your alma mater through our energy packed alumni events, trips and campus gatherings.

Our aim is to provide students with programs and resources that collectively support the six dimensions of wellness (physical, spiritual, occupational, emotional, social, and intellectual) as defined by the National Wellness Institute. The realized outcomes of these programs dramatically improve the overall well-being of the University community and collectively they fuel the academic success of the institution. Now, more than ever, we understand the benefits provided by RecWell programs and the healthy lifestyle behaviors they knowingly instill in our alumni throughout their life.

Research at the University of Minnesota and other national research confirm that students who are involved in out-of- classroom experiences in their college careers, particularly those involved in Recreation and Wellness programs:

  • have higher grade point averages
  • have higher graduation and retention rates
  • are more socially integrated into the campus community
  • feel better about their overall collegiate experiences than those students who are not involved in recreational sports

It is our goal to not only provide these experiences to our University community, but to further encourage students (our future alumni) to maintain healthy lifestyles through a lifetime of sports and recreational activities. For this reason, Wellness is truly the core of all RecWell programs and services.

And how are today’s U of M students spending their time away from studies and work?

Our average participation confirms some very healthy numbers:

  • 9,500 + participated in intramural and court sports
  • 3,400 + participated in sports club programs
  • 30,000 + participated in fitness programs and classes
  • 13,000 + participated in use of the climbing and bouldering wall
  • 4,000 + aquatic center participants

All of these participation numbers among many others support a happier healthier campus. You as our alumni are the best ambassadors for the long term success of our programs, as you continue to maintain healthy lifestyle habits and choices throughout your personal and professional life.

We encourage you to support RecWell with a gift of your time, your talents, or your contribution. We enjoy hearing what our alums are doing and invite you to share your stories and updates by email at the link provided below. Please visit us often online, or if you are in the Twin Cities, stop by Development Office in the brand new Recreation and Wellness Center and see how we have grown. For more information email:

RecWell Excellence Fund

Making a Gift to Recreation & Wellness

Thank you for considering a gift to University Recreation and Wellness. The financial commitment University students make to the RecWell through student fees have historically made our programs an operational success. However, it is the much needed private philanthropy from our alumni and friends that will inevitably make our programs better, all while easing the expense on students.

Investing in Our Future
A gift to the RecWell is an investment in the overall wellness of students and it additionally supports positive outcomes in the classroom and in college life respectively.

Give to the Excellence Fund

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Wilderness First Aid Course

Registration for the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course on April 24-26 is now open! The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course helps outdoor adventurers prepare for the unexpected. This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and people working in remote locations. The course introduces skills to care for individuals who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations combined with realistic scenarios with mock patients challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you'll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. Taught by seasoned instructors in a two and a half day format, this WFA course takes place over the weekend of April 24-26. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for all environments--wet, muddy, cold or hot. Register Today! No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course. More course information may be found at the NOLS website:

Comp de Bloc Climbing Competition

Take part in the U of M portion of the Comp De Bloc on Saturday, April 11. Comp de Bloc is a fun, community focused climbing competition at the University of Minnesota Climbing Gym. This year, Comp de Bloc is the first ever competition open to the public as well as students at the University of Minnesota. Join us for great routes, great people, and great prizes. The Comp will cater to climbers of all ability levels. Spectators are welcome. Comp de Bloc is a redpoint format competition featuring bouldering, sport, top rope, and speed climbing. Scores will be an accumulation of the top four scores for bouldering, the top two scores for roped climbing, and an optional score for the best of two speed climbs. Competitors who register by Monday, March 30 will receive a free t-shirt. Registrants interested in a t-shirt who register after March 30 may purchase a limited number of t-shirts at the competition for $15.   Cost: Register by April 10: $35.00/Day of Registration: $45.00 Register Today!

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