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Student involvement

Ways to Get Involved - Student Groups
Association of Recreation and Event Professionals (AREP)
AREP is a student organization established to provide to its members the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the recreation and event management field.  Our goal is to give students the opportunity to network, gain event experience and have hands on education.  The Association of Recreation and Event Professionals strives to provide professional enhancement through experience, education, interaction and volunteering to its members, all in the process of improving the quality of life. 

Therapeutic Recreation Student Club (TRSC)​
This club provides Therapeutic Recreation or affiliated students with the following:
  • Supplemental academic/education experiences (speakers, clinics, visitations)
  • Service learning opportunities (volunteering)
  • Social/recreational interaction opportunities (fun)
  • Affiliations with professional Therapeutic Recreation organization (conferences)
Outdoor Opportunities (O2)
O2 is a student-led service club that forms partnerships with disadvantaged children in the Mt. Pleasant area.  Student mentors engage youth with outdoor activities to foster moral and intellectual growth.  Each semester the theme and focus of the activities change but nature and the outdoors are used as a consistent foundation.  O2 provides recreation majors and minors with the opportunity to interact with youth and to lead and develop activities and programs. 
Explore more about O2.

High Adventure Club
Do you love hiking, camping, climbing, and paddling?  High Adventure Club is a student-led organization of nature lovers, rock climbers, sky divers, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts.  The Club hosts two large trips each school year.  The first is Gauley Fest in September – whitewater rafting in West Virginia; and Ice Fest in February – ice climbing trip to Michigan’s U.P.  Additional smaller trips are planned by members throughout the rest of the year.  Almost every weekend finds at least a few of the members camping, climbing, and backpacking.

Parks and Outdoor Recreation Coalition (PORC)
The Parks and Outdoor Recreation Coalition is a registered student organization that; promotes environmental conservation and stewardship, facilitates professional development, and organizes volunteer and community service projects.  We provide outdoor recreational experiences and networking opportunities in the outdoor industry, with an emphasis on the Central Michigan area.  PORC collaborates with organizations and agencies such as US Forest Service, Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy and more.  For more information, please ​contact a PORC officer or our faculty advisor, Dr. Bob Dvorak (
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