The University of Texas at Tyler offers recreational sport activities for students as a way to not only provide fellowship but also allow students to enjoy the outdoors, according to Wes Davis, UT Tyler recreational program assistant.
“All the trips are part of the program called Outdoors Adventures, which started in the fall of 2005,” Davis said. “It’s an attempt for us to get students outside.”
Among trips in the program are canoeing, mountain climbing and skydiving. Others include the second annual ski trip, which takes place this winter; and the summer-planned, multi-sport endurance training camp designed for runners.
“We’ve gone bigger and bolder,” Davis said. “We’re definitely excited about what we’re planning for the fall. We have the best interest of the students in mind and hope we can give them an opportunity to enjoy something they haven’t done before.”
One of those students is junior Jorden Reed. Reed said she enjoys the recreational program and is glad UT Tyler offers various trips.
“I went on the ski trip last year, and I’m planning on going again this year,” Reed said. “What I like about the recreational program is that it brings everybody together. It brings a sense of a student body and being proud of your school.”
Bob Hepler, UT Tyler recreational activities director, said trips are budget-friendly and are open to both UT Tyler students and others.
“We negotiate reduced group rates for college students and only charge college students enough so that the program breaks even,” Hepler said. “These trips have quickly become very popular. We do a good job of keeping the costs down and providing memories for a lifetime.”
For more information contact Davis, 903.565.5602 or Hepler, 903.565.5571.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.