Monday, June 11, 2018
  Awards and Recognitions

By Amanda Alaniz

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley University Recreation (UREC) made the list of the Top 50 Best Campus Recreation Centers by

College and universities that make the list are ranked according to their individual College Consensus score, which is a combination of the results of reputable publisher ratings and student reviews.

The UREC, which ranked 31 on the list, currently sees between 800 to 1,000 students per semester and provides several services ranging from group exercises to aquatics to intramural sports.

The 144,000-square-foot center on the Edinburg campus houses basketball and racquetball courts, fitness centers, an indoor track, an outdoor leisure pool and a 35-foot climbing wall. The Brownsville campus shares the use of the recreation center at Texas Southmost College, and utilizes the Garza Gym and the Duckhead, a park surrounded by water that is shaped like a duck.

‘‘As our student population evolves, we ask ourselves how their needs evolve. And when you have someone come in and tell you you’re doing a good job, it’s a rewarding feeling
—Kimberly Rottet, the director for the UREC’’

Fitness classes, such as Zumba and yoga, are available for students and are at different hours of the day, predominately in the late afternoon and evenings.

Kimberly Rottet, the director for the UREC, said the recognition shows that the staff is focused on maintaining the decade-old building in Edinburg, listening to its patrons and keeping up with fitness trends on both campuses.

“As our student population evolves, we ask ourselves how their needs evolve. And when you have someone come in and tell you you’re doing a good job, it’s a rewarding feeling,” she said.

Rottet said the staff is open to hearing comments and feedback from students at both campuses about what they could be adding or doing differently. The UREC’s overall goal is to ensure both campuses are getting access to similar equipment and equivalent opportunities.

There are already some plans in the works that’ll serve Brownsville and Edinburg campuses such as adding access to personal trainers, a focus on sport clubs and utilizing the untapped resource – the Duckhead. Rottet said they foresee using that area for recreational use, such as patrons learning to camp.

Rottet emphasized that she wants the UREC to be seen as more than “just a building,” she wants the university and the community to know they offer many diverse services and it isn’t only a place to work out.

“Some students come in, go to the second floor to do their homework because they like the building. We’re a place people can come in and work on their own personal wellness, that may not be just physical fitness,” she said.

You can learn more about what is offered at the UREC by visiting the university’s website.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.