It’s the start of the new year, and many people have made their resolutions to get in better shape or lead a more active lifestyle. While fresh in everyone’s minds now, these personal goals are easy to forget by the time midterms roll around.

This semester West Virginia University’s Student Recreation Center is sponsoring a number of events that will make it hard for students to drop these newly acquired resolutionslike they might a 8:30 a.m. class.

These events, which appeal to everybody and every resolution, include six programs:”welcome back”massages, a 2-ball tournament,”Get into the Spring of Things”walking program, campus cup competition, scuba certification class and women’s self-defense class.

“Our goal at the Rec Center is to offer programs that appeal to a broad base of our University community,”said Sherri Restauri, program manager.

The”welcome back”massages include both 10-minute seated and hour-long massages. The chair massages, which are free, will be offered Jan. 19 and 20. The hour massages are at the reduced rate of $40 and will be offered Jan. 26 and 28. Both are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only six slots for hour-long massages; payment is due at the time an appointment is made.

The 2-ball tournament, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 9, is a spinoff of a tournament staged last year by the Big East conference. Different pairs will shoot from designated spots for 60 seconds, and the two pairs that total the most points will participate in a shoot-off at a Mountaineer basketball game. The winning pair will receive a trip to the Big East Tournament in New York City in March. The only catch is that to win the trip to the Big Apple, 50 pairs must register and participate in the event. Otherwise, each member of the winning team will receive $200 gift certificates to the WVU Bookstore.

“The 2-ball tournament should be fun,”Restauri said.”Any pair of talented shooters have a chance to head to New York City to watch some of the best college basketball in the country. Who wouldn’t want to give it a try?”

“Get into the Spring of Things”is the Rec Center’s spring holiday walking program. Participants need to register by Feb. 2, and the program will run until April 30. Similar to the winter holiday walking program, participants must walk 90 miles. There will be prize drawings on various spring holidays, and participants will have to have walked a certain number of miles by each holiday to be eligible. Those who complete the program will also be included in a drawing for a gas grill.

A Campus Cup Challenge is also being offered during February. The registration deadline is Jan. 30. Teams of 15 will compete in approximately 15 events, with points awarded for place of finish in each event. The team with the highest point total at the end of the competition will be awarded the grand prizea cup engraved with the team’s name and $750 in gift certificates.

“With the Challenge, we are trying to follow the theme of the Stanley Cup. The winning group will be etched in the cup to be displayed at the Rec Center for the year,”Restauri said.”It will help us to keep a historic record of each campus champion. The Campus Cup Challenge is an ideal way for dorms, Greeks, departments or other student groups to compete against each other.”

The Rec Center will also offer two classesa scuba certification class and a women’s self-defense class.

The scuba class will be from 1-4 p.m. Sundays between Feb. 15 and March 14. Participants must purchase their own mask and snorkel, and the fee is $290 for members and $350 for nonmembers. Participants can register at the front desk; registration deadline is Feb. 11.

The self-defense class will be from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 28. The Protect Program, in conjunction with the WVU Department of Safety, is free and limited to 10 people, so early registration is recommended.

“These programs are diverse enough that whether you work out or exercise every day or rarely, you can come and take advantage of what we have to offer,”Restauri said.”We are excited about the lineup of activities that we have this semester. We are hoping to appeal to our users and our nonusers alike.”

For more information on any of the programs, contact Restauri at 304-293-5055.

To view a schedule of spring events at the Rec Center, visit, click on thecalendarlink at the top and select from the various options.