Monday, August 22, 2016

Lifeguards Needed!

Interested in coming to work for Campus Recreation? We have lifeguard openings and want you to come try out! If you are a current Santa Clara University student and you meet all of the qualifications listed below, RSVP in an email to, fill out this form, and mark your calendars for the swim test on Tuesday, September 20th at 5:30 P.M. We hope to see you there!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Pardon Our Dust!

Campus Recreation has two exciting construction projects happening this summer that will continue through late August. One involves our office suites and the other involves the weight room. We dismantled the office that our Director of Recreation, Janice DeMonsi, previously worked in and are now knocking down the wall between that office room and the room where the vending machines lived. At the end of the construction period, we will have one larger work office where all 14 student coordinators will work next to one another; and the vending machines will be visible from the hallway. As a result of this project, the vending machines will be unavailable until September 2nd

In the weight room, we will have a new desk installed Wednesday, August 3rd. This smaller desk will be located at the entrance of the weight room. Beginning Monday, August 8th the old weight room desk will be removed, and one storage unit as well as the stereo system will be relocated to back wall of the weight room. We will determine what machines and stretching mats will be placed in the new space after all of the construction is complete. We are excited to see how much space we gain and what the potential is. 

Please pardon all of our dust as these two great projects continue over this month! 

Janice DeMonsi's old office
Vending machine room - this wall is being knocked down to
join with Janice DeMonsi's old office to make one big office!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SCU Intramural Sports Job Openings!

It's that time of year again Broncos! If you are interested in becoming part of the Campus Recreation team, visit our website to apply for available positions for Fall Quarter 2016.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Spotlight: Jessie S.

Meet Jessie S.! Jessie is a rising junior here at Santa Clara University where she is pursuing a major in accounting with a minor in retail studies. However, she is much more than a student to us; Jessie is one of our Camp Coordinators who has been with Campus Recreation since she was a camper herself! Growing up in Los Gatos, Jessie came to SCU for two weeks every summer starting when she was six years old to participate in the Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp. She was a camper for about six years! After she couldn’t be enrolled in the camp as a camper anymore, she joined our CIT program and became a Counselor in Training. She was a CIT for three years through high school, and then when she came to Santa Clara University, she became a coach! After loving her experience as a coach, she pursued and got the job of Camp Coordinator this summer. Out of all her experiences, Jessie has had the most fun in her job as Camp Coordinator; though she appreciates her many years of experience with kids, she prefers to manage the business side of things. Her responsibilities as Coordinator have included managing budget, coordinating teams, organizing excel spreadsheets, lots of computer work, managing CIT’s, and managing parent relations. Her favorite part of the job, however, is being able to do things the way she has always envisioned them. Because she has had so much experience with the Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp, she knows what works and what doesn’t, and it is rewarding for her to be able to make the camp just as successful and fun for the campers as it was for her. When asked about her words of ad vice for her past, current, and future campers, she said, “Always stay involved in what you’re passionate about, you will get results that you are excited for and proud of.” Thanks Jessie for your years of dedication and support! 

Jessie is one of four Campus Rec employees that have all been with us since they were campers! Vince S. has been a camper and is now a coach. Matt S. has been a camper, a CIT, and is now a coach. And Owen O. has been a camper, a CIT, and is now assistant coordinator!

Jessie S. as a CIT for Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp

Monday, June 20, 2016

Campus Recreation History

Did you know that the Leavey Center pool used to be covered by an over-head cover? The bubble was installed in 1975 and provided cover from the sun for swimmers and anyone else enjoying the pool. The cover was then permanently removed approximately in the spring of 1990.

The picture above is from early 1990 before the cover was removed. Note that the pool is not an Olympic-sized pool yet either. In the picture below, one gets a glimpse of what the pool bubble cover looked like from the inside. 

A special thanks to the Department of Archives of Special Collections for providing old The Santa Clara newspapers and photos. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Iron Bronco Finish Line

The Iron Bronco is officially over and the shirts are available for pick-up now in the Malley Center! Pick yours up anytime from now until June 9 at 6 PM. Additionally, to access the list of team and individual finishers, visit our website at

Congratulations to Lexie Smallwood

Lexie Smallwood, president of the equestrian team, won her class at IHSA Nationals that took place from May 5th through May 8th in Lexington, Kentucky at the famous Kentucky Horse Park built for the World Equestrian Games and used to host Olympic trials. She is now the Intermediate Fences National Champion.
In total, there are approximately 6,700 riders who are a part of the IHSA. These riders compete throughout the year to accumulate points and when a rider reaches 35 points they make it through the post season and subsequently move up to the next division which is regionals. The top two from regionals (bay area schools) then move onto zones (all west coast schools), and the top two from zones move onto nationals.
Lexie, after winning her class at zone finals had about a month to train until she left for Kentucky, she worked hard not only practicing for nationals but also to help pay for her extra practice expenses, alongside balancing her classes and homework. Since a horse property is relatively hard to come by in the Bay Area, she has to drive nearly 30 miles south every week for a one hour practice. Most of the competitive teams that she encountered from the East Coast had huge barns on their college campus, with very expensive horses given to them by former alumni and donors. Meanwhile, our equestrian team rely on random amounts that come and go as they get bought and sold, never really being able to form the horse-rider bond that is so paramount to success in this sport. Despite all this, SCU equestrian team finished their last show of the year as Reserve Champions, and Lexie Smallwood won the nationals. We are so proud of Lexie and the rest of the team!!

To read more about Lexie's journey, check out this article in The Santa Clara!