Recreation faculty and student research and interests include:
- Aquatic safety and facility operation
- Communication theory in changing behavior
- Risk management of recreational facilities, including aquatic safety, facility standards and lighting safety
- Service levels and budgeting, self-sustaining versus the public good
- Design and engineering of aquatic facilities, training and certifying aquatic staff, aquatic codes
- Use of communication theory in public campaigns to change behavior
- Drowning prevention
- Team building and cooperative activity
- Wilderness education
- Playground and bike/pedestrian safety
- Effective cooperative and individualistic leadership style
- Curriculum development using games and team building activities
- Alpine climbers’ perceptions of the use of alpine wilderness
Recreation students may enhance their learning and professional opportunities through involvement in a variety of student clubs and activities offered on the University of Idaho campus, including:
- Recreation Student Organization: Focuses on participating in, learning about, and leading others in healthy, fun and exciting recreational activities and service projects.
- Aiki Jujutsu: Teaches self-defense through the study of Aiki jujutsu, a system of practical self-defense
- Ballroom Dance Club: Forwards the education of ballroom dancing and prepares participants to compete in teams.
- Bemani Club: Expands the genre of rhythm-based games such as Dance Dance Revolution, In the Groove, Guitar Hero and Beatmania. Many of these games are commonly referred to as “Bemani.”
- Climbing Club: Exploration of climbing for all skill levels and backgrounds by organizing climbing trips, providing instruction of climbing techniques, and holding competitions.
- Cycling Club: Promotes the sport of cycling in the Palouse on a competitive and recreational level.
- Collegiate Bass Fishing Club: Helps members understand Northwest bass and how to catch them.
- Fast Pitch Softball: Provides the opportunity to play in a competitive and fun-loving environment.
- Fencing Club: Vandal Swordplay is a club dedicated to fending at all skill levels.
- Men’s Lacrosse: Provides opportunities to compete at a collegiate level.
- Men’s Ice Hockey: A competitive National Collegiate Athletic Association/American Collegiate Hockey Association, Division 2 (NCAA/ACHA D2) hockey club that competes in the Western region.
- Racquetball Club: A fun opportunity to learn and play racquetball.
- Rodeo Club: Promotes rodeo as a standard collegiate sport with teams representing educational institutions
- Sei Shin Ryu Traditional Martial Arts: Traditional, noncompetitive martial art teaching Karate and Jujitsu to integrate knowledge, character and strength while teaching responsible self-defense.
- Snowboard Club: Focuses on active living, team building and having fun. Compete at a national level in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) League.
- Triathalon: Provide students with a support group for participating in, and training for, triathlons.
- Longboard Club: Progresses students’ riding abilities and confidence in longboarding.
- Mountain Bike Club: Promotes the sport of mountain biking as part of a healthy lifestyle and supports students who complete in mountain bike racing in the Pacific Northwest.
- Women’s Ice Hockey: Teaches the fundamentals of ice hockey while promoting a positive team atmosphere and good sportsmanship
With Idaho’s scenic backdrop and outstanding outdoor resources, it is among the best settings to earn a degree. Moscow and the surrounding areas have consistently been ranked among the best places to live in the U.S. by media outlets including Outdoor Life, Outside Magazine, ABC News, Mother Earth News and Businessweek. Within an hour of Moscow, you will find rivers for fishing, boating and rafting, wilderness for hiking and camping and mountains for skiing. Outside Magazine also ranked the Recreation program #29 in 2010 in its Top 40 list of universities where you can embrace adventure.
The Physical Education Building, home to the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Department, has two full-size basketball courts, two dance studios and the only squash court on campus. The program also offers courses at various outdoor locations (tennis courts, Guy Wicks Field, Kibbie Sprint Turf, Dan O'Brien Track & Field) and at the following on-campus facilities: