More than just a student job; LSU UREC develops student leaders

Meet Scott Belanger, LSU UREC Assistant Director of Marketing

Most students will venture into the LSU Student Recreation Center least once during their college career at LSU. Whether students visit for a workout, take a few laps in the pool, compete in a sport, boulder on the rockwall, or take a fitness class, they will encounter multiple student employees ready to enhance their experience. In fact, LSU University Recreation, or UREC, hires over 200 students each year and provides these student employees with an extensive training program ranging from customer service to risk management to job specific skills.

Students are redefining what recreation means at LSU!

Campus recreation has rapidly evolved over the past 20 years. What started as leisure and intramural sports has grown to encompass fitness, healthy living, and adventure education among others. Last fall, the LSU Student Government passed a resolution in support of redefining what recreation means at LSU. The result is a major expansion and redesign of LSU recreation facilities that will include expansion of existing amenities and the addition of an outdoor leisure pool, adventure center, field complex, and dedicated healthy living spaces. With growth, LSU UREC has the opportunity to nearly double the number of student jobs within the department and offering more opportunities for students to enter the recreation field with a LSU degree.

Opportunities for personal growth and success:

Many who enter the Student Rec Center do not realize that the students that work for University Recreation have the opportunity to make a career in recreation. LSU UREC is an institutional member of NIRSA, the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association ( Through this organization, students have access to professional development resources and a network of students and professionals in the campus recreation field across the country. NIRSA provides students with resources to develop skills that will help them become successful leaders. Additionally, students can connect with other universities for graduate assistantships and career opportunities once they graduate from LSU. Campus recreation offers opportunities for success across all majors.

Here’s your chance to support student success and recreation at LSU:

On March 24, 2012, LSU UREC will host the 2012 UREC Open Golf Tournament at the LSU Golf Course. This tournament is a fundraiser for the University Recreation Student Development account at the LSU Foundation. This fund provides financial assistance for students obtaining advanced certifications and attending educational and development programs across the country. Please visit to register a team or simply make a donation.

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