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All displayed are informational articles I have written for St. Cloud State Recreation while being part of their marketing staff.

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Tennis Court Reservations

Monday, January 20, 2014

Love playing Tennis but never have a place to play? Now instead of trying to play in the snow or find an open court you can reserve a court right on campus in the Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse. You are welcome to reserve a court Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Only SCSU Students or Faculty/Staff may reserve a court, alumni and community members may not reserve a court.

Court Reservations:

The courts will be available for reservations between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Reservations for courts the following week begin on Sundays.

Courts can only be reserved for three consecutive half hour time slots.

Participants are allowed to continue play until the next reservation arrives.

Reservations may be made in person at the Campus Recreation Guest Services desk.

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12-Week Running Program

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Do you want to improve your running skills for the Earth Day 5k, half marathon, or another race? This 12-week running program is the perfect match for what you hope to achieve.

The 12-week running program includes:

  • Training Plan
  • Initial Presentation on Sports Nutrition
  • Workshops covering: Mapping Runs, Managing Time, Foam Rolling, Strength Stabilizers, Fueling and Yoga.
  • Questions answered by Campus Recreation Staff and Campus Dietitian
  • Availability of Group Runs/Workouts
  • Weekly Support: Newsletter with Motivation, Tips, Encouragement, Health Information.

Start Date: January 28

Cost: The program is FREE to those with a SCSU Fitness Membership, Combo Membership, or SCSU Group Fitness Membership.

How to sign up: E-mail SCSU’s Dietitian Hannah Hokanson at Hannah.Hokanson@sodexo.com.

When you sign up, please indicate: Name, e-mail address, what race you plan on doing if any (5k, Half Marathon), If it is your first race and if not, the other races you have completed, and if you are willing to have your e-mail address shared for coordinating group runs.

How the program works: After signing up, you will receive a training plan based on the race you indicate/experience presented. Participants are encouraged to attend presentations on sports nutrition (Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.), to learn the impact nutrition has on your performance as well as having the opportunity to attend workshops on various topics that will help with your running experience. Participants will be e-mailed weekly newsletters about health topics with motivation, tips and encouragement. Those that are willing to share their e-mail address will have access to others also in the program to meet up for group/buddy runs.

Optimizing Physical Performance: This session takes place Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m., in Voyageurs South. This session will discuss sports nutrition, hydration, and what to eat before, during and after runs to help optimize your running performance. The session will also go through the training plans and answer any questions you may have.

Hannah Hokanson, a registered Dietitian with Sodexo at St. Cloud State University will be presenting the Optimizing Physical Performance. She ran her first half marathon her junior year of college, and has now completed several half marathons, three full marathons and is currently training for her first ultra-marathon.

Workshops:

Mapping Runs and Managing Time [Presented by Hannah Hokanson]

Date: Friday, Feb. 7 from noon-12:30 p.m.

Location: Campus Recreation Studio #51.

Learn how to map your runs outside using the trails and streets of St. Cloud (or any other city for that matter) and learn how to manage your time with your training plan and a busy schedule.

Foam Rolling and Mobility [Presented by Chris Haukos]

Date: Friday, Feb. 7 from  12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

Location: Campus Recreation Studio #51.

Add a new dimension to your workout. This class introduced a variety of mobility and foam rolling exercised, which are important for supporting flexibility and recovery.

Strengthen Stabilizers [Presented by Chris Haukos]

Date: Friday, Feb. 28 from noon-12:45 p.m.

Location: Campus Recreation Studio #53.

Many gym goers train to improve strength but forgo the importance of training stabilizers. Core strength helps prevent back pain, corrects posture, and prevents running injuries.

Fueling with Food [Presented by Hannah Hokanson]

Date: March 21 from noon-12:30 p.m.

Location: Campus Recreation Studio #51.

We will discuss specifically what to eat and drink before training runs and during the race.

Hip-Hop-Hooray for Yoga [Presented by Chris Haukos]

Date: March 21 from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

Location: Campus Recreation Studio #53.

There are so many benefits to doing yoga hip opening poses. They help release negative emotions, ease back pain, improve alignment, improve circulation in your legs, and create a more smooth and agile gait.

With any questions regarding this program, please contact SCSU’s Dietitian Hannah Hokanson at Hannah.Hokanson@sodexo.com.

 

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New Group Fitness Classes Set To Kick Off

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Group Fitness schedule- begins Jan. 13 and runs through March 7.

Stay active while having a fitness instructor lead you through a great workout. This semester, be sure to try out the NEW R.I.P.P.E.D class and intense cycling classes that will be sure to kick you in shape, fast!

Want to know more about the classes that are offered? View the class descriptions.

For the full group fitness schedule, click here.

Free week for Group Fitness classes will also be held Jan. 13 -Jan. 19. This is your opportunity to give all the group fitness classes a try before purchasing a membership.

Fees are $15.00 for the group fitness membership or classes are free for those with a Combo pass. For more information on memberships click here.

 

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Get Your Spring Semester Fitness Membership

Monday, January 13, 2014

St. Cloud State students are able to have unlimited access to the fitness center for the whole semester for a one-time fee of $35, which breaks down to around $8 a month. This is the cheapest deal in town for students, and the fitness center is also located right on campus.

At Campus Recreation, there is something for everyone. Whether it be free weights, treadmills, stair masters, cross trainers, or exercise bikes, there are many options to choose from.

Want to add a little something extra to your workout? Purchase a combo membership for full access to Group Fitness classes and the fitness center, seven days a week! Everything from R.I.P.P.E.D, Zumba, Yoga, Butts N’ Gutts and more. See a full list of classes here.

Give the fitness center and group fitness classes a try for FREE from Monday, Jan. 13- Sunday, Jan. 19. All you need to gain access is your student ID.

Fitness Center Membership: $35/semester

Combo Membership: $55/semester

Group Fitness membership: $15/ 7-week membership

Looking to purchase a semester membership? Head down to the Guest Services desk in Halenbeck Hall -OR- simply purchase your membership online here.

Any questions regarding the fitness center, group fitness, or membership- call Guest Services: 320-308-3325.

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Herb Brooks National Hockey Center Spring 2014 Schedule

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Open Skate will take place: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m., and on Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Adult Open Hockey is Monday through Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Over 29 Open Hockey will take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m.

There will be no open skate on Jan. 26 and Feb. 28.

Rates: All sessions are FREE for SCSU faculty/staff and students with a valid I.D., senior citizens and children under the age of 5.

Open Hockey Sessions: $5 (Goalies are FREE). Helmets are REQUIRED.

Open Skate Sessions: Adults: $3, Ages 17 and under: $2.

Skate Rental: $2

Skate Sharpening: $3

This schedule is subject to change. For more information, please call 320-308-3327.

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Group Fitness FREE Week Dec.16 – Dec. 18.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Stop on down to Halenbeck Hall during the week of Dec. 16- Dec. 18 to attend as many fitness classes as you would like for FREE! Get your friends to Halenbeck and workout as a team. Group Fitness classes are the perfect way to de-stress while finals are in full swing.

Classes are free for all SCSU students/faculty/staff, no pass required! Monday, Dec. 16 4pm: MUSCLE PUMP- AMANDA 5pm: ZUMBA-BRITTANY 6pm: SWEAT THE STRESS YOGA-BRITTANY 7pm: KICKBOXING-HEATHER Tuesday, Dec. 17 4pm: BOOTCAMP-CHRIS 5pm (Studio B): UGLY SWEATER ZUMBA- ALFREDO 5pm (Studio A): CYCLE ‘N’ SCULPT-KATIE 6pm: R.I.P.P.E.D.-EMILY 7pm: SWEAT THE STRESS YOGA-NORA Wednesday, Dec. 18 4pm: BOOTCAMP- HUNTER 5pm: BUTTS ‘N’ GUTS-EMILY 6pm: CANDLELIGHT YOGA-NORA

Campus Recreation and the Women’s Center are collecting items for the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center during finals week, please help out. Suggested items:

Clothing: Boys: Pants,Shirts: Size(s): 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 8, 10. Socks/Shoes/Boots: Size(s): 10, 2.
Girls: Pants,Shirts: Size(s): 6, 12, M, L. Socks,Shoes,Boots: Size(s): 3.5, 13. Underwear: Size 12.

Boys & Girls: Winter gear: Snow pants, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves (small, medium, large, one-size), anything Hello Kitty.

Gifts for Children: Girls: Make-up (for adolescent girls), perfume (for adolescent girls), jewelry (for adolescent girls). Boys: Toy cars, trucks, monster trucks, trains, Super Hero action figures, Thomas the Train.

Art Supplies: For kids, movies (rated G or PG), sticker books and board games.

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Annual New Years Eve Family Fun Fest

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Year’s Eve Family Fun Fest. Join SCSU by helping us bring in the 2014 New Year!

SCSU and our local sponsors are excited to host the annual New Year’s Eve Family Fun Fest. For years, this special event has been bringing families of the St. Cloud community together to celebrate the New Year.

Join the fun as St. Cloud State University opens up its recreation facilities for a variety of activities, games, arts and crafts, sports, music, and foods to celebrate the new year.

What: Annual New Year’s Eve Family Fun Fest

Who: Families of the St. Cloud Community

Where: St. Cloud State University in the National Hockey Center and Halenbeck Hall (Families should enter the event from the south side of the National Hockey Center)

When: December 31st , 5pm -10pm

Price: Adults: $5.00 Children 12 & under: $3.00 $1 off with food donation

Hockey Center Activities

  • Open Skating (Skates available at Proshop)
  • Moonlight Skate

Halenbeck Activities

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Bingo
  • Carnival Games
  • Open Basketball
  • Open Volleyball
  • Open Swimming (all night)
  • Concessions and food items (must be purchased through tickets which can be purchased at event)
  • Inflatable Games
  • Kiddie Land
  • Racquetball
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Student Lounge
  • Dome Activities (Football, Soccer, Frisbee)

Campus Recreation

& St. Cloud Area Family YMCA

       would like to thank our sponsors…

          104.7 KCLD | St. Cloud Times | Coborn’s | Viking Coca-Cola

              For more information contact SCSU Campus Recreation (320) 308-3325

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Outdoor Endeavors Creating Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Let Outdoor Endeavors help you take on your favorite winter activities with all the equipment you need.

Love ice fishing but don’t have an ice house, auger or rod? No problem! With Outdoor Endeavors rental equipment, you can rent all the equipment you need for a day out on the ice, a weekend or a whole week for a good price! Rentals are open to students and the public.

Check out all the equipment Outdoor Endeavors has to offer and the fees here. For more information on the rental center and to contact Outdoor Endeavors, click here.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/campusrec/outdoorendeavors/story.asp?pubID=128&issueID=27490&storyID=32586

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Prorated Memberships on Sale Now

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Prorated Fitness Center Memberships are on sale now. Memberships are valid through Jan. 12, 2014.

Group Fitness Membership: oMembers: $15 (members include all SCSU students and those with a level 2 or 3 membership) oNon-Members: $40 (community members/faculty staff who do not hold a level 2 membership)

Prorated Fitness Center Membership: oFaculty/Staff: $55 oStudents: $20 oSCTC: $10 base membership $20 Fitness Pass

Prorated Combo Memberships: (unlimited group fitness classes and access to fitness center) oFaculty/Staff: $70 oStudents: $30 oSCTC: $50 Not available to community

Membership Information

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21 Days of Fitness

Monday, November 4, 2013

The second session of group fitness kicks off Oct. 28 and runs through Dec. 15. Attend these classes while participating in 21 Days of Fitness [free for group fitness members]. 21 Days of Fitness is a great way to keep up with group fitness classes while earning great prizes at the same time. Yes you heard correctly, you can win prizes for working out.

Start date: Nov. 4
End Date: Dec. 15

This means in-between these dates you must:

  • Purchase a $15 7-week Group Fitness Pass.
    • Free for current pass holders
  • Have an instructor sign a box after the completion of each class.
  • After attending 10 classes, show your card to an instructor and receive a sport towel.
  • After attending 21 classes, present your card to receive your custom-made t-shirt and submit the card into a drawing for a FREE combo pass [includes a semester of unlimited Group Fitness classes and Fitness Center access].
  • The first 50 participants to complete the program are guaranteed a t-shirt.

After completing 10 classes last year, Amanda Hesse thinks 21 Days of Fitness is a “Fun and rewarding program, and it’s great to do with a group of friends to keep eachother motivated to reach the goal of 21 classes.”

For Kat Nguyen who has completed the 21 Days of Fitness program, “I think it’s a great way to be motivated to workout and stick with it. You become close with other people who also go and it’s fun. The classes are a challenge that people look forward too,” said Nguyen.

Not a group fitness member? No problem. You can sign up at any time this semester for 7 weeks of unlimited fitness classes for only $15 (for SCSU students), $40 for community members.

View the Group Fitness schedule.

To get started, simply pick up a card at any group fitness studio at the Recreation Center. If you have any questions, simply email us at groupfitness@stcloudstate.edu.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/campusrec/fitness/incentiveprogram/21daysoffitness.asp

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Intramurals – Become an Official

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Each year the Intramurals department hires many SCSU students to officiate the various intramural sporting events. After training you can become a member of the “Officials Club” where you will have the opportunity to officiate in the community at area junior high, high school and various other contests.

Nicole Novotny became an official her first year at SCSU, after she transferred from a smaller school. After playing soccer most of her life, Novotny wanted to meet new people and continue to play what she loved. When she began searching for information on intramural soccer at SCSU, she came across the Intramural Officials program. “I had been a certified soccer referee since 2007, so I thought reffing on campus would be something I would like and a nice way for me to make a little extra money too,” said Novotny.

Once she was involved in the program, she realized how reffing for SCSU Intramurals also created many relationships with co-workers, Intramural Program Assistants and the players on the teams as well. “I have made plenty of friends through the intramural soccer program, both as a player and a referee, and some of them I know will last way beyond graduation,” said Novotny.

Even though some people do not agree with every call she makes, the love for the game and friendships that are made make it all worthwhile, she said. Novotny plans to continue re-certifying herself as she needs to and plans to keep reffing as a hobby she does in her spare time.

If you are interested in become an official, please stop by the Student Recreation Center Front desk or contact the Intramurals department at 320-308-3325.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/campusrec/intramurals/officialsClub.asp

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Refer-A-Friend Program

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Beginning on Oct. 28, fitness members will have the opportunity to earn prizes for referring a friend to purchase a fitness membership, combo membership or group fitness pass.

Fitness members wishing to participate will have a two-sided card [one side includes the program details and the other side is where an SCSU front desk worker will stamp]. When members are with friends whom purchase a pass, they will get a stamp and a prize.

If fitness members that are participating in the program are unable to be with a friend at the time of purchase, they can bring in the receipt their friend received for a stamp and prize. After the receipt is validated, the front desk worker will stamp the receipt as well so it cannot be reused.

For each additional friend referred, participants will get another stamp and prize, to keep track of the number of referrals.

When a participant refers one person, they will receive a GNC t-shirt; for their second referral, participants receive two GNC protein shakes; on the third referral, participants receive a GNC shaker bottle; and on the fourth referral, participants will receive two GNC protein shakes.

When participants complete their cards completely, they can be left with the front desk along with the participants name and email to be entered into the grand prize drawing which includes one combo pass, one hour massage and one seven-week group fitness pass.

The Refer-A-Friend program will continue while supplies last.

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Prorated Memberships on Sale Now

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Prorated Fitness Center Memberships are on sale now.

Group Fitness Membership:
oMembers: $15 (members include all SCSU students and those with a level 2 or 3 membership)
oNon-Members: $40 (community members/faculty staff who do not hold a level 2 membership)

Prorated Fitness Center Membership:
oFaculty/Staff: $55
oStudents: $20
oSCTC: $10 base membership
$20 Fitness Pass

Prorated Combo Memberships: (unlimited group fitness classes and access to fitness center)
oFaculty/Staff: $70
oStudents: $30
oSCTC: $50
Not available to community

Membership Information

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21 Days of Fitness is Here

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

21 Days of Fitness is a great way to keep up with group fitness classes while eating great prizes at the same time. Yes you heard correctly, you can win prizes for working out.

Start date: March 25th

End date: May 5th

This means in-between these dates you must:

  • Purchase a $15.00 7 week Group Fitness Pass.
    • Free for current pass holders
  • Have an instructor sign a box after the completion of each class.
  • After attending 10 classes, show your card to an instructor and receive a rally towel.
  • After attending 21 classes, present your card to receive your custom-made t-shirt and submit the card into a drawing for a GRAND PRIZE!

Not a group fitness member? No problem. You can sign up at any time this semester for 7 weeks of unlimited fitness classes for only $15 (for SCSU students), $40 for community members.
To get started, simply pick up a card at any group fitness studio at the Rec Center. If you have any questions, simply email us at groupfitness@stcloudstate.edu.

http://www.stcloudstate.edu/campusrec/fitness/incentiveprogram/21daysoffitness.asp

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Take Control of Your Fitness For Free

March 5, 2013

Stop on down to Halenbeck Hall during the week of March 18th-22nd to use the fitness center and try out group fitness classes for FREE! Get your friends to Halenbeck and workout as a team. Whether you want to use the field house, pool, fitness center, or attend fitness classes, they are all available to you for FREE March 18-22. While you are here, sign up for our prorated fitness passes:

Fitness Center passes will now be only $20 for the remainder of the year for students and $55 for staff.

Group Fitness Classes are $15 for the remainder of the year. That’s $15 for an unlimited amount of classes for students, $25 for SCSU Faculty/Staff.

OR even better.. Get a combo pass so you are able to enjoy the Fitness Center and attend an unlimited amount of Group Fitness Classes for the rest of the school year available to students only $30. Passes are also available to SCSU Faculty/Staff for $70.

For the Group Fitness Schedule of classes visit here.

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Spring Rec Fest Featuring the Annual Treadmill-A-Thon

 January 28, 2013

Spring Rec Fest featuring the fourth annual ‘Treadmill-A-Thon’

St. Cloud State against Minnesota State Mankato is Thursday January 31st.

Where: SCSU Atwood Center

This Thursday join Campus Recreation as we celebrate Rec Fest from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Rec Fest will include all Campus Recreation departments, the Treadmill-A-Thon, and DJ Mike Nelson for your entertainment.The massage department will only be available from 10:00 am-11:00 am at Rec Fest.

Be sure to join us for the fourth annual Treadmill-A-Thon. Students, faculty and staff from Minnesota’s two largest state universities – St. Cloud State and Minnesota State Mankato – will face off on treadmills. Participants will vie to determine which school can accumulate the greatest number of miles on a treadmill between 10:00am-2:00pm. Help SCSU hold their current title as they compete once again.

Here are the rules to the Treadmill-A-Thon:

1.             The first participant will turn on the treadmill at 10:00 am and select his/her speed. Incline of 0% is recommended but not necessary.

2.             The treadmill must be paused OR slowed down to at least 4.0 mph between competitors.

3.             If no competitor is ready to go when the previous competitor decides to stop, the treadmill must stay paused until the next person shows up. Be sure to record the distance accumulated in case the treadmill goes into a power saving mode and shuts itself off.                

4.             Competitors can “volunteer” for a specific time (ex: 15 minutes, 30 minutes) or a specific distance. Competitors MUST go for at least 10 minutes, but no longer than 30 minutes. They can also stay on the treadmill longer than their previously agreed upon time if the next competitor is not ready to go. (example – the next runner is late by 5 minutes… the person on the treadmill can stay on until he/she arrives)

5.             Competitors can sign-up for a timeslot ahead of time or they can volunteer on the spot. Have a sign-up sheet ready if someone wants to sign up for a later time. (example – Jen is on the treadmill from 8 am – 8:45 but Jon comes in at 8:20 and wants to run. He can sign up for the 8:45 timeslot and then go warm up until his time comes).

6.             If you are worried about competitors forgetting to show up, gather their phone number when they sign up so you can call and remind them a few minutes before their sign-up time.

7.             If a competitor needs to stop to tie shoes, get a drink, readjust clothing or use the bathroom, the treadmill must be paused. Don’t leave the treadmill running while the competitor straddles the belt to tie his/her shoes. (this competition may come down to 1/100 of a mile so we need to be accurate!)

8.             Encourage people to get on the treadmill even if they only walk – it’s better to accumulate walking miles than to have the treadmill sit empty!

9.             Competitors can participate more than once in a day. No limit on how many minutes/miles someone goes unless they are “monopolizing” the treadmill and not allowing others to compete.

10.          This competition is open to all people affiliated with your university (students, faculty, staff, alumni who have memberships, etc.). This competition is NOT open to the general public. Ask for IDs if concerned.

11.          The last participant will turn off the treadmill at 2:00 pm. The final distance will then be recorded and reported to the other university.  (On paper and hopefully with a camera!) Trophy given at next get-together (NIRSA summer golf outing, state workshop, etc.)

Be sure to join us Thursday afternoon to visit with the different departments, race or cheer on runners, and to enjoy some awesome music!

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What You Want, We Got

September 19, 2012

After being plenty settled into the year, it’s now time to see what Campus Rec has to offer:

  • Fitness Center: Enjoy the full fitness center for only $35 per semester. Unlimited group fitness classes for 7 weeks for only $15. If you’re looking to save some money and work hard this semester, try out the combo pass for only $55. Prorated passes now available:visit our page for reduced prices for second semester. For more information on prices check out our page or visit the front desk in Halenbeck to sign up.
  • Group Fitness classes: Be motivated by our hard-trained instructors with one of the manyclasses offered throughout the day, every day.
  • Intramural sports: There are many intramural sports offered throughout the year. There are a few deadlines to sign up so don’t waste time, check it out.
  • Check out Outdoor Endeavors: Learn how to kayak, rock climb, canoe, and even take a trip or two. Come see what they all have to offer year round.
  • Rock Wall: Get you and your friends up and active by climbing the rock wall for FREE.Visit our site for climbing times.
  • Massages: Feeling a little stressed? Relax during a nice massage right here on campus.Schedule a time during business hours by calling to make an appointment.
  • Open swim and lap swim: Feel refreshed and get a nice workout at any time of the year. Open and lap swim have many open hours every week to fit your schedule.
  • CPR/Lifeguard certifications: Become certified or renew your certification here on campus, check out the dates and times available this year.
  • Much, much more! Explore our website to see all the events available throughout the year that you do not want to miss. Like our Facebook page for updates on events and programs as well as gaining a chance to win a prize at any time during the year.

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