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Welcome Week 2018

Campus Recreation welcomes back all students, faculty, and staff to campus to start off the 2018-19 school year.  Please see below for a full list of the many exciting Welcome Week events. 

The University will welcome over 7,000 new students starting August 21 with the main move-in day on Thursday, August 23.  The events during the week do have some effect on Campus Recreation facilities and operations:

Thursday, August 23

I Skate
Ice Arena - 7:30-9:30 pm
After a long day of moving in, there is nothing better than to cool off at the coolest place on campus!  Bring your friends to the Ice Arena to cool off with fellow Illini!  Admission and skate rental will be FREE. FREE pizza, giveaways and more will also be provided! 

CRCE - 10 pm-Midnight
Relax and unwind from a busy day of unpacking.  Come and enjoy one of the last days before classes start up at CRCE, with some FREE Insomnia Cookies, board games, water games in the CRCE Indoor Pool, volleyball, dodgeball, basketball and many more Campus Recreation activities!


Many of the streets around the ARC and CRCE will be affected with move-in traffic. Please plan for delays and slow travel. It is highly recommended to ride a bike or take the MTD. Check the Fall 2018 Move-In Street Map here.

ARC: The parking lot next to the ARC (E-24) will have limited parking due to move-in. Parking along Peabody will not be allowed due to move-in. Peabody will be a one-way from Fourth Street to First Street all day during move-in. 

CRCE: Gregory Drive between Dorner and Goodwin Ave. will be closed from 4-10 pm Thursday, August 23.

Friday, August 24

Street Closures:
Kirby and Peabody from First St. and Fourth St. will be closed from 9:30 am-12:30 pm due to New Student Convocation and Student Affairs Welcome Celebration. First Street will be closed between Kirby and Peabody starting at 11:15 am. 

Saturday, August 25

The ARC will be open from Noon - 9 pm on Saturday, August 25 for Illini Frenzy. CRCE will be CLOSED on this day.

Illini Frenzy
ARC Noon-3pm
Enjoy an afternoon filled with free food, t-shirts, giveaways and more at the ARC on Saturday, August 25 from Noon-3 pm. Campus Recreation will be hosting Illini Frenzy for students, faculty, and staff to see what businesses and vendors are available within the community. Expect to see 20 vendors giving away free food, swag, giveaways and more! Get a henna tattoo, win exciting prizes at Bingo, kayak race, or get a drawing done by a Speed Sketch Artist. Don't miss out on this free event! 

Sunday, August 26

Quad Day
Main Quad - Noon-4 pm
With hundreds of student organizations gathered on the Quad, join this crazy event for some free food, live performances by the Marching Illini and other organizations, giveaways, and more.  Find where you belong at this year's Quad Day.

Facility Hours

As we begin our Fall Semester on Monday, August 27, please note our hours at the ARC and CRCE.  

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Limited Parking, Increased Traffic, Limited Gym Usage

Please be advised of limited parking, increased traffic, and limited gym usage on the following dates:

Illini Frenzy, Aug. 25. Noon - 3 pm: Increased facility traffic (ARC Gym 1, 2, 4, Concourse, MP7). CRCE Closed. No indoor pool option all day.

Engineering Career Fair: Sept. 11 and 12. Increased facility traffic and limited parking all day both days.

Business Career Fair: Sept. 17 and 18. Increased facility traffic and limited parking all day both days.

Member Services Sponsor Policy Change

Campus Recreation members are eligible to sponsor up to two guests at the daily guest fee. In addition, faculty/staff and students who are not Campus Recreation members may sponsor themselves and up to two guests per day, by presenting a valid i-card.

Group Fitness Free Week

Be sure to check out all of our amazing Group Fitness classes for FREE from Aug. 27-Sept. 2. Check out the schedule today! Classes are available at both ARC and CRCE. 

Learn to Swim Fall Registration

We are still taking registrants for our Fall Learn to Swim Program! Registration will close on September 27 or until spots are filled.

Sessions will be held October 1 - December 8. For more information, head to our website. 

Fall Learn to Skate Registration

Registration for Fall 2018 Learn to Skate will open on Monday, August 27 for Members and Friday, August 31 for Non-Members.  Classes are available for all ages and skill levels, while our skating instructors will help all participants develop skills in a safe and fun environment on the ice.

Future's So Bright 5K

Join us for the brightest 5k on campus! Come dressed in your best neon clothing and enjoy a night walk/run filled with free food, giveaways, music and more! The first 150 registrants will receive a Campus Recreation headlamp. Register today! 

Fall Instructional Kitchen Classes

There's no better way to start off Fall semester than with an ARC Instructional Cooking Class. These classes provide hands-on experience and tastings of each recipe with instruction from the ARC Instructional Kitchen staff.

  • Food Trends
    • Cooking 101 - Sept. 4
    • Tailgate Favorites - Oct. 3
    • Top 8 Allergen Free Cooking - Oct. 17
    • Cooking with Superfoods - Nov. 6
  • Cultural Series
    • Sushi 101 - Sept. 12
    • Mediterranean Cuisine - Sept. 25
    • Mexican Cuisine - Sept. 26
    • Thai Cuisine - Oct. 16
    • Indian Cuisine - Oct. 23
    • Sushi - Nov. 7
  • Meal Prep (3 class series)
    • Sept. 18
    • Oct. 9
    • Nov. 13
  • Holiday Series
    • Holiday Baking - Nov. 14
Fall Intramural Registration

Kick-off your Fall semester with some sports action! Registration for Fall Session I intramurals will begin Monday, September 3 at 9 am and close September 12 at Noon. Mark your calendars and quickly register because teams will fill fast! 

Visit our website for a complete list of available sports to participate in this fall.

ARC Climbing Wall Fall Clinics
Climbing Wall/Adventure Center Hours
  • Monday-Friday: 3-9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 3-7pm

Be sure to attend the following Fall Climbing Clinics we have to offer! Each class will meet at the Climbing Wall. 

Climbing 101 - Intro to Climbing Class 

  • Tuesdays 9-11pm
  • Session 1: September 18, 25, October 2
  • Session 2: October 16, 23, 30

Top-Rope Belay Endorsement Clinic

  • Mondays 9-11pm
  • September 10 & 24, October 8 & 29, Novemeber 12, December 3

Kids' Climbing Clinic

  • Saturdays 12:30-2:30pm
  • September 15, October 20, December 1

Lead Climbing and Belay Endorsement Clinic

  • Mondays 9-11pm
  • September 17, October 22, November 26
Fall Scuba Diving Clinics

Come scuba dive with us! Learn all about the gear, equipment, water entries, surface dives and more. Don't miss out on this opportunity to impress your friends and family on your next ocean vacation destination!

Clinics will run each Monday and Wednesday from 5-7pm for two weeks after the start date.

  • Session 1
    • Info meeting 9/5
    • Swim test 9/10
    • Pool classes 9/12, 17, 19, 24
  • Session 2
    • Info meeting 10/8
    • Swim test 10/10
    • Pool classes 10/15, 17, 22, 24
  • Session 3
    • Info meeting 11/26
    • Swim test 11/28
    • Pool classes 12/3, 12/5, 12/10, 12/12

Visit our website for more information and registration steps.

Fall Student Wellness Events

Tasting Thursdays
Sept. – Nov.
$5 for members (Includes admission to all Tasting Thursdays)
ARC Instructional Kitchen

Join us for this educational and fun way to enjoy friends and sample recipes from our Instructional Cooking Classes.

Orange and Blue Zone
Dates: Sept. 17 – Nov. 9, 2018
Registration: Register in person at ARC or CRCE Member Services when facilities are open for operation. Please refer to the facilities schedule for hours of operation.
Cost: $75 for student members (Over $500 value to get these services individually)

Get Fresh!
Dates: Sept. 18 – Oct. 23, 2018
Registration: Open
–Register in person at ARC or CRCE Member Services when facilities are open for operation. Please refer to the facilities schedule for hours of operation.
Cost: $50 for members

Wellness on Wheels
Sept. 12 – Prevention and Well-being
Oct. 3 – Turner Fellows Wellness Week
Oct. 16 – Exercise is Medicine
Time: 12 – 2pm

Countertop Herb Garden 
Wednesday, September 19
5:30-7 pm
$5 for members
ARC Instructional Kitchen

Tuesday, Oct. 23
ARC Winter Garden

Do-It-Yourself Essential Oils
Wednesday, October 24
$5 for members
ARC Instructional Kitchen

Featuring campus and community resources. We will have free appetizers, educational demos, and promotional items!