Center Activities Transitions to Athletics in Move to Continue and Improve Programs

Jan 23, 2021

Humboldt State University Athletics and Center Activities are working to improve student and community programming and services, while former University Center employees have been transitioned to HSU to continue their hard work on these programs.

Most management and support staff from the UC, including from Center Activities, the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, and the Student Recreation Center, have been offered stateside positions and are transitioning to work for the University. The University will maintain all student jobs in Center Activities.

Center Activities’ wide-ranging student and community programming—including outdoor activities, leisure programs, and certification courses—will continue to be offered as COVID-19 safety and protocols allow. These activities will continue to take place at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, on campus, and at various locations around the county.

Students and community members will continue to be able to rent outdoor and aquatic equipment for their own adventures from the campus location as well as from the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.

The Student Recreation Center will be open for student use in the Spring semester when face-to-face instruction begins on March 8, following strict COVID-19 safety procedures. The SRC will also be working with the athletic teams for training after athletes have completed their quarantine and are allowed to be in their pods.

“By merging the Center Activities department with Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports, we will be removing many barriers that existed previously, which will allow for more seamless collaborative efforts between the programs and reduced confusion for students and community members,” says Bridget (Hand) Nichols, Associate Director for Recreational Sports & Wellness Activities. “So many of our programs already worked closely together, so being under the same oversight will help with continuity of services and give us more opportunities to grow together.”

The new Associate Director for Recreational Sports & Wellness Activities provides an opportunity to reexamine the student services being provided in the area. Program expansion and facility usage will continue to be discussed and evaluated. The inclusion of a robust recreational sports offering will add to the programming being provided by HSU already while encompassing more students and community members under one umbrella.

“We are excited to reimagine the programs and services that are provided as well as begin a collaborative effort to be strategic in future planning. Center Activities is a core function of what HSU does and will continue to do. Change is never easy and the openness and willingness of individuals during this time is much appreciated,” says Jane Teixeira, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports.

Other priorities include:
• Enhancing technical platforms and marketing efforts
• Maintaining boater safety instruction, community relationships, and programming opportunities
• Assessing program activity and developing strategies for increased revenue
• Assessing facility and equipment for student health activities
• Assessing fitness programing
• Integrating and enhancing recreational activities among campus and community constituents

More information about the UC transition is available here.