Strategic Plan

Department of Recreational Sports

Strategic Plan


The Department of Recreational Sports encourages recreational, educational and student leadership through: Safe and fun environment that will meet community needs (Facilities); exploring aquatics activities and specialized training in a safe and socially inviting atmosphere (Aquatics); Programs that emphasize the five components of physical fitness as well as overall well-being (Fitness); Providing challenges and opportunities for participation in structured, competitive and non-competitive experiences (Intramurals); Challenging outdoor pursuits, services and facilities utilizing and promoting fun, safety and our natural environment (Outdoor Adventures); Supporting student led programs and teams through skill development and competition (Sport Clubs); Maximizing personal and team growth through experiencing involving competition and support of Athletics and University spirit (Spirit).


  • In 2013, the highest number of student-led SMU sport clubs qualified for national tournaments to include Triathlon, Polo, Men & Women Lacrosse, Golf, Tennis, and Women’s Volleyball.
  • Over 800 people attended The Mustang Band’s Pigskin Revue, the most successful in decades. 
  • Outdoor Adventures was awarded a grant by the Student Affairs Departmental Grant Fund that sponsored over 30 students from under-represented groups in outdoor adventures activities.
  • The Department finalized a new 3-year strategic plan.
  • The Fitness program piloted a Nutritionist Consultation service serving upward of 140 students.
  • Cheer squad competed in STUNT the Sport for the first time. 
  • An Intramural student Supervisor and Official was selected to participate in the National Intramural Recreational Sport Association (NIRSA) Flag Football Championships earning All-American honors.
  • In spring 2013, The SMU Department of Recreational Sports participated in the National Campus Recreation Impact Study, a national benchmarking study administered by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)/National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), surveying over 3400 campus community members and receiving 680 responses or 20% response rate.
  • Over 500 spectators attended the Cheer team’s Daytona Preview/Nationals Showoff, the largest in history.
  • After many years of planning, the new SMU Band Hall begins the long anticipated relocation to the Dedman Center with the beginning of demolition and renovation.
  • The 2013 academic year saw new leadership for the Department of Recreational Sports with the addition of Jorge Juarez as Executive Director.


  • Construction and renovation projects on campus have created challenges and obstacles for Department programs and services and increased demand for space.
  • Due to limited access to the Dedman Center, new community membership and membership retention have decreased.


Student Success

  • Five Intramural student officials represented SMU at the National Campus Championship Series in basketball and football.
  • Aquatics surpassed a goal of hiring, or training two current student staff as Water Fitness Instructors adding two new instructors, one lifeguard, and increasing student swim instructors from 13-20.
  • The Fitness Group Exercise Prep Course produced five new student instructors to the Fitness program, all completing the requirements for certification through a nationally accredited organization.
  • 25 members of Cheer, Pom Squad, Peruna Human Mascot and Peruna Handlers represented SMU and supported the Mustang Football team at the Hawaii Bowl.

Student Learning

  • Fitness’s second annual Zumbathon, held in September, was a great success with over 100 students attending this continuous, two-hour long fitness special event.
  • The success of Pigskin Revue was due to students of the Mustang Band.  The student committee raised funds, advertised and recruited participants for the show. 
  • Outdoor Adventures student staff organized and implemented two inter-university climbing/bouldering competitions attracting 150 college competitors from across Texas. 
  • Intramurals experienced a 69% increase in officials hired this year jumping from 104 in 2012 to 150 in 2013.
  • For the fourth year, The Outdoor Adventures program collaborated with the office of General Education and Residence Life & Student Housing to offer the Hilltop Scholars Program Expedition, a leadership development experience using outdoor recreation activities for 30 incoming first-year Hilltop Scholars.

Exemplary Division of Student Affairs

  • The largest contingency of Recreational Sports professional staff representing SMU attended the 2013 National Intramural Recreational Sports (NIRSA) National Conference, the leading professional development conference in the recreational sports industry.
  • Outdoor Adventures was able to replace 10 older Bike Lease cruisers with a generous $2500 award from the Student Senate.
  • Aquatics increased Private Swim Lessons from 98 in 2012 to 110 for 2013.
  • Infant Swim Resource, infant swim lessons program, experienced a 100% increase from 55 in 2012 to 100 weekly sessions in 2013.