About Us

University Recreation and Wellness Mission

Our mission is to serve all students and the greater University community by enriching the campus experience and encouraging lifelong wellbeing. We are driven to develop leaders, foster supportive relationships, and inspire active living through recreation and wellness.

Goals of Department

  • Model a welcoming and supportive environment by promoting a culture of inclusion, respect, and wellbeing through education and shared experiences. 
  • Challenge personal and professional growth while encouraging leadership development.
  • Connect and collaborate with partners to support academic and co-curricular success.
  • Provide opportunities and activities that mobilize active, healthy engagement in programs, services, and facilities to inspire lifelong wellbeing.

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Equity + Diversity + Inclusion

RecWell Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI)


Encouraging and supporting the inclusion of differences through recreation and wellness.

2020-21 Goals
  • Create a welcoming and inclusive culture within RecWell where everyone belongs.
  • Implement diversity and inclusion awareness training for staff.

For questions about RecWell's EDI initiatives, please contact us at [email protected]

Advisory Board

We Want To Hear From You

The purpose of the University Recreation and Wellness Advisory Board (URWAB) is to advise University Recreation and Wellness (URW) on matters relating to the overall operation (programs, facilities, and services) of the department. The Board shall recommend activities which represent the expressed needs of the students, staff and faculty on the Twin Cities campus. Additionally, the Board shall provide administrative review and oversight of the annual Student Services Fees Request and Appropriation. The Director, with recommendation from the Board, shall interpret and establish policy, mission, and goals.

Student organizations are represented with an expectation to review minutes and agenda prior to meetings and convey timely information and updates to their student constituents.  The URWAB members commit to meet on a monthly basis (historically in the mornings on Fridays) where academic and university schedules allow.  The proposed eight (8) meetings take place monthly from September-April). Student and non-student reps advocate for their constituents while providing updates, concerns and questions brought forward from their respective organizations and in alignment with the work, mission and goals of the department. 

Emphasis is placed on financial effectiveness and efficiency with respect to the relationship between student fee funding and self-generated income. Reps are asked to attend all meetings and prepare through reading of minutes and sharing of information to and from their represented stakeholders. Proxy reps for meetings unable to attend are requested. While not a requirement of service to the URWAB, reps who are active members of URW programs and facilities are preferred.

If you have a comment or question for the Advisory Board, please contact [email protected]

2020-2021 Advisory Board Members

Name Organization/Department Term End
Student Representatives  
Katherine Chicoine (Chair) At-Large Representative May 2023
Sofiya Briguene (Vice Chair)  At-Large Representative May 2023
Shayla Miller At-Large Representative May 2023
Easton Brown At-Large Representative May 2023
Erin Vos Undergraduate Student Government May 2023
Maddie Beglinger Undergraduate Student Government May 2023
VACANT Council of Graduate Students May 2023
Maddie Turner Panhellenic Council December 2022
Katie Strother/Praful Das Housing and Residential Life May 2023
Austin Lentz Interfraternity Council December 2022
Suhas Andavolu Multicultural Greek Council May 2023
Mario Bonatti International Student Scholar Services May 2023
VACANT Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (or Multicultural Student Engagement May 2023
VACANT National Pan-Hellenic Council May 2023
Staff/Faculty Representatives  
Peg Hanssen School of Dentistry May 2023
Breanne Krzyzanowski College of Education and Human Development May 2023
Brandi Hoffman School of Kinesiology May 2023
Kevin Ross Capital Project Management May 2023
Dr. George Brown Recreation and Wellness INDEF.
Staff Advisors  
De'Jha Pontoo Recreation and Wellness - HR May 2023
Tyler Atchison Recreation and Wellness - Member Services May 2024
Finance Sub-Committee  
Karen Lovro Recreation and Wellness - Finance INDEF.


RecWell Excellence Fund

Making a Gift to Recreation & Wellness

Thank you for considering a gift to University Recreation and Wellness. The financial commitment University students make to RecWell through student fees have historically made programs and services successful.

However, private philanthropy from alumni and friends inevitably make programs better, all while easing the expense put on students.

Investing in Our Future

A gift to RecWell is an investment in the overall wellness of students and it additionally supports positive outcomes in the classroom and in college life respectively.

Give to Excellence Fund