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University Recreation (URec)

Stan Shingles, Assistant Vice President

SAC 200; 989-774-3686

University Recreation (URec) is inclusive, providing customized opportunities and experiential learning while fostering lifelong health and wellbeing.

University Recreation (URec) manages the Student Activity Center (SAC), the John G. Kulhavi Events Center, the Rose Center, the Outdoor Sports Complex, the Outdoor Tennis Complex, and an 18-Hole Championship Disc Golf Course. 

The Student Activity Center (SAC) is 180,000 square feet of dedicated recreation space and has hosted more than 20 million visitors since it opened in 1990. With a spacious and dynamic environment, the SAC provides fitness, recreation programming and events, meeting the needs of our diverse student and university community. 

The John G. Kulhavi Events Center which opened in 2010, plays host to a series of on-campus and off-campus events including: CMU Athletics, Concerts, Commencement, Community Events, Performing Arts, and also provides services through Ticket Central.

Facilities are provided for aquatics, events, fitness and weight training, group fitness, racquetball courts, an Injury Care Center and sports forums for basketball, tennis, volleyball, a myriad of outdoor sports fields and CMU’s 18-hole Disc Golf course. In addition, URec offers comprehensive fitness programs designed to meet all fitness levels and wellness interests. URec offers over thirty group fitness classes and personal trainers are available to provide assessments, goal-setting and specialized programs. 

Learn to Swim programs are available throughout the year. UREC manages the SAC Pool, there are several hours per day dedicated to leisure swimming opportunities.

The Intramural Sports program offers more than thirty leagues with something for everyone, from one-day special events to semester long individual and team sports. Activities are offered in three divisions: men, women, and co-recreational.

Club Sports compete at an extramural level with over forty sports offered, providing an excellent opportunity to practice leadership, organization and teaching skills. These clubs are self-directed and offers highly competitive and instructional opportunities.

Special events are held in the SAC and the Events Center, including Special Olympics Michigan, Alumni events, SIBS weekend, CMU Up All Night and Leadership Safari.

URec offers a wide variety of employment opportunities, employing more than 300 students during the academic year, and also offers students experiential learning opportunities to support their academic and curricular interests. 

We are a premier recreation and events provider with a national reputation for excellence. For more information about URec programs and facilities, contact University Recreation at 989-774-3686 or visit