Mission & Vision

About Us

Campus Recreation is part of the Division of Student Services at GVSU. Our offices are located in the Recreation Center on the Allendale campus. Our staff consists of four full-time professionals, one graduate assistant, and approximately 150 undergraduate staff members. 


Enhance the GVSU experience through co-curricular learning, development, and recreational opportunities that promote health, well-being, and academic success.


Campus Recreation will be recognized nationally as a leader on campus for making an integral contribution to student success. We will provide a culture that creates learning opportunities and fosters student development. By providing comprehensive recreational services and employment experiences, the department will support the mission of Grand Valley State University.



We believe in building positive and mutual relationships with the university and surrounding community, including campus organizations, and departments.

Diversity & Inclusion

We believe in being supportive and committed to a culture of inclusion, in which we provide recreational programs and services that are available to a diverse community. We strive to share a wide array of ideas, opportunities, and experiences.

Healthy Lifestyle

We believe that students and the university community can maximize their experiences by being actively involved and educated to make healthy lifestyle choices.


We believe in offering and assessing quality fitness, intramural, and wellness programs and services that make a positive impact on the University and surrounding community.

Student Learning & Development

We believe in providing opportunities that compliment the co-curricular learning experience in order to assist in the students' intellectual, personal, and professional development.


We believe in promoting awareness and being responsible through sustainable efforts in our environment, ourselves, and our resources.



Goal 1 - Department Climate

Create a department climate of teamwork and service to the GVSU community that promotes learning, health, personal well-being, and recreational opportunities.

Goal 2 – Facility Needs

Continue to be instrumental and a key player in the new Movement Science & Recreation Facility project development and planning.

Goal 3 - Campus Identity & Campus Partners

Campus Recreation has a clear and concise message that attracts the GVSU community to participate in its programs and services.  Promote the vision of University Recreation inclusive of Athletic & Recreation Facilities Management, Human Resources Health & Wellness, and the Office of Student Life Club Sports programs.

Goal 4 - Collaboration

Continue a culture of collaboration with campus partners and professional colleagues that enhances Campus Recreation programs and services.

Goal 5 - Program Development

Continue to provide quality programs and services that enhance participant’s learning, development, health and well-being.

Goal 6 - Academic Success

Continue Campus Recreation student employment experiences that enhance student learning and professional development.

Goal 7 - Human Resources

Continue to recruit, select, and retain quality staff to support Campus Recreation mission, vision, and values.

Goal 8 - Staff Development

Continue to support and enhance Campus Recreation professional staff and student staff development.

Goal 9 – Diversity

Provide programs and services that create an inclusive environment for all participants and staff.  Intentionally seek out opportunities to welcome new participants.

Goal 10 – Sustainability

Practice sustainability in the administration of programming and facility planning.