Category Archives: Student Recreation Center

RecWell Rewind – First “Dive-In” Movie

On April 13, 1984, the University Activities Organization and the Student Recreation Center sponsored the first “Dive-In” movie where students could float in Cooper Pool in SRC provided innertubes while watching “Jaws” for only $1.50.

Students Enjoying a Dive-In Movie at the SRCOther films shown throughout the year include a 3-D version of “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” (1987), and “Splash” in Cooper Pool. The Dive-In Movie events were later moved to Andrews pool where “The Perfect Storm” (2001), “Swimfan” (2003), “The Switch” (2011) were among the films shown, and “The Wedding Ringer” (2015).

For more information about the History of Recreation and Wellness, visit our webpage.

Learn about Summer Splash on April 7, 2016.







RecWell Rewind – Kayaking at the SRC

The Outdoor Program began offering a flat water kayaking workshop during the Spring 2000 semester.

The workshop provided students with a chance to experience kayaking and learn basic skills in a controlled environment. In reference to the workshop, course instructor Bob Hull stated, “kayaking is a great, fun sport if the correct safety steps are learned.”

In 2005, five sessions were offered, and by early 2006, the SRC offered workshops twice a year.

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RecWell Rewind – First Annual BGSU Tipover for Hemophilia Competition

The first annual BGSU “Tipover for Hemophilia” competition, sponsored by Student Activities and the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, was held in the activities area of Student Recreation Center in February 1979 on the 5th, 12th, and 19th.

According to Gregory T. DeCrane, director of Student Activities, the idea for the tipover event stemmed from a man’s an attempt to break a world record by setting up 100,000 dominoes for the HTeams Working Together to Set Dominoes Downemophilia Foundation. Dr. Paul F. Haas, president of the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation and associate professor of economics, asked DeCrane if Student Activities could set up a tipover competition to raise awareness of the serious effects of hemophilia, as well as money for the Hemophilia Foundation. DeCrane and three others developed the competition rules and promoted the event. According to Tom D. Abrahamson, graduate assistant for Student Activities, BGSU was the first university to pick up the “Tipover for Hemophilia” competition as a student program.

The competition consisted of three elimination rounds. During each round, five-mmber teams built and knocked down domino structures. Teams were awarded points according to the amount of money raised, creativity of the formations, fastest setup time, successful execution of the five required moves, and the slowest falling-down time. The four teams with the highest number of points proceeded to round two, and two teams from the second round faced off in the final round.

The event began on February 5, 1979, with six teams and 1,000 dominoes. DurinParticipants Setting Dominoes Downg the semifinals on February 12, three teams competed using 2,500 dominoes, and during the finals on February 19, the remaining two teams each set up 5,000 dominoes. During the first round of competition a category was added for the most pledges obtained by a team. However, the team was only permitted to collect 100 percent of its pledges if the formation did not have to be restarted. Each time the formation was restarted, 10 percent was deducted from the pledge. During the 1979 competition almost $550 was pledged according to DeCrane.

The Pushovers team, made of up Al Linne, hall director of Rodgers Quadrangle, and four other hall directors from the Office of Residence Life, won the first tipover competition against the John Vautier Participating in 1979 CompetitionA-B Staff team (short for Anderson-Bromfield), which consisted of John Vautier, Anderson hall director, a resident, and three resident advisors from Chapman, Anderson, and Bromfield. Referencing the hours involved and construction of extra gimmicks, Al Linne commented that he “didn’t know it was going to get this elaborate.” The Pushovers brainstormed and practiced setting up their formations the Sunday nights before the competitions.  During the final round, The Pushovers started their formation with a one-inch toy robot that pushed the first domino off a tripod located on the mezzanine (balcony). The domino then traveled down a string pulley to the main floor area. In a previous round, the team used a water pistol to start.

The A-B Staff team also experimented with various gimmicks including a high-pitched frequency device that turned on the power of an electric typewriter. The first domino was knocked over when the carriage returned. The A-B Team also used candles and pendulums to set off four mousetraps, sending dominoes flying in the air.

The competition was held annually until at least 1983, and in 1980 BGSU teams competed against teams from the University of Toledo in the first intercollegiate competition of its kind in the United States. During the 1980 competition, the BGSU Residence Life team defeated The University of Toledo team, and the competition raised more than $930 for the Hemophilia Foundation.

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Recreational Sports and Fitness Week February 22 – February 27

BGSU Recreation and Wellness is participating in the annual NIRSA Recreational Sports and Fitness Day by celebrating what we do all week long! A featured activity of the week is to capture exactly what recreation means to BGSU by showcasing it through photography. Be a part of the excitement by participating in the Photo Journal Project. See your work possibly featured on the Recreation and Wellness website, in social media, entered into NIRSA contests, or possibly displayed at the Student Recreation Center.


  • Open to any BGSU student, faculty, or staff member 18 years of age and up.
  • Open to any Student Recreation Center Member or Recreation and Wellness program participant 18 years of age and up.
  • Before taking the photo, permission must be granted. Photos must be taken on the BGSU campus between Monday, February 22 and Saturday, February 27, 2016 depicting themes related to recreation, sport or wellness.
  • Photos may be used on any BGSU website, social media, blog, online photo album, on display at the SRC, entered in the NIRSA Creative Excellence contest, or be chosen as a feature in a photo book.

Photo Ideas/Themes:

  • Working out at the SRC or anywhere on campus
  • Walking, running, jogging
  • Lifting weights or using exercise equipment
  • Swimming
  • Falcon Fitness
  • Climbing the Wall
  • Attending a Wellness Event
  • Your sport club or team
  • Intramural sports
  • Showing how you, friends, or family live a healthy lifestyle
  • Healthy eating
  • You and your swolemate
  • Recreation Facilities including the SRC, Field House, Golf Course, or other related areas on campus

Submission Instructions:

  • Take a photo of what recreation at BGSU means to you
  • Submit the photo by Sunday, February 28 at 5 PM
  • Multiple submissions per person are permitted

View a complete schedule of events for the week here.

RecWell Rewind – Aerobics in the 80’s


Man Exercising During the 1985 spring semester aerobics attendance averaged 200 participants an evening (excluding morning and afternoon participants).

According to Michelle Rolston, assistant director/interim of the Student Recreation Center, drop-in programs, classes, information sessions, special events, and three different free drop-in programs were available to promote good health and fitness. The drop-in programs, Fit-For-All Aerobics, Weight Room Awareness, and Water Aerobics, were free of charge.

aerobics_class5Fit-For-All Aerobics was divided into three levels of difficulty. The green/top level was a 25 minute session called “Go For It,” the yellow/intermediate level was a 15-20 minute session called “Exercise with Caution,” and the red level was an 8-10 minute program for beginners called “Easy Does It.” Rolston explained that the green workout was the most popular, but participants were advised to start at the most comfortable level and work their way up.

To ensure proper placement in one of the three different levels, participants were asked to take a fitness test in the L.I.F.E. Room. However, the testing was not required for program participation. Fitness testing was also available to participants three times throughout the semester to gauge their improvement. The testing included a cardiovascular step test, sit-ups, push-ups, a flexibility test, and a body fat test.

Aerobic Class Participants Lifting KneesWhile the majority of participants in aerobics classes were women, Rolston noted that the number of male participants had increased as the weeks progressed. To help men feel more comfortable participating, a Fitness for Men activity was also offered, which focused on calisthenics and activities such as running and basketball.

In order to accommodate the busier schedules of faculty and staff, a noon workout and a 30-Minute Workout were added to the program as well. Rolston commented, “We’re striving to get the faculty and staff into it,” and added that the noon workout is sometimes the only time available for teachers to exercise.

Water Aerobics classes were also held in the Club Pool two days a week and were taught by Rolston. The water aerobics classes followed the same format as regular aerobics, but according to Rolston they did not move as fast and excluded some of the “dancey” movements that were made more difficult in the water.

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