Recreation and Wellness Center News

Rec Card Access Changes

UPDATE: We are very excited about our technology upgrades and we continue to find ways to educate and share our excitement with you, our members. We want to clarify some details from our initial card announcement.

  • All VUMC Cards will work with our touchless turnstiles.

Approved Commodore Card and Rec Cards:

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We appreciate your continued patronage here at the Rec.

Our new membership system & turnstiles will allow you access to our facilities with an iCLASS card. iCLASS cards contain a microchip and antenna that work with our contactless card readers. We will be discontinuing use of the Magnetic Swipe Reader at the Welcome Desk effective Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

The following provisions have been established to assist you in getting a new ID card to access our facilities:

  • If you are a University Employee, Student, or an employee of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Card Offices here at Vanderbilt are equipped to help you transition to the new iCLASS card. Please visit your respective card office at your earliest convenience to get a replacement card for free!

University Card Services

Medical Center Card Services

  • If you are an Alumni, Community, or a family member, the Welcome Desk here at the Rec has the capability to print your first Rec Member iCLASS card for free! Please see a Rec Staff member at the Welcome Desk to get started.

** Keep in mind, the Rec Member card printed at the Rec will only allow you access to our facilities. This card cannot be used for access to any other Vanderbilt facilities.

We are thrilled you have decided to make us a part of your healthy lifestyle this year!

Posted by on October 19, 2017 in News

Jin-Mi Matsunaga Named to U24 Mixed National Team at World Ultimate Frisbee Championships

Vanderbilt University Ultimate Club Frisbee member, Jin-Mi Matsunaga, will be representing the United States on the U24 Mixed National Team at the WFDF 2018 Under 24 World Ultimate Frisbee Championships.

Jin-Mi started playing ultimate frisbee during her freshman year of college with VUDU, Vanderbilt’s women’s ultimate frisbee team, and later captained the team for two years in 2014-2016. Growing up, she played different sports–softball, cross-country, volleyball, and soccer. As a first generation American growing up in an underprivelged neighborhood in Enterprise, Alabama, sports helped her build self confidence and develop friendships. During Jin-Mi’s freshman year at Vanderbilt, VUDU and the ultimate frisbee community in Nashville helped her with much of the same while she navigated academics, social life, and community and campus involvement.

Her journey to be a part of this team was encouraged by past teammates and coaches. In 2014, Jin-Mi attended the U24 Tryout Camp for the first time because a teammate on Hairy Otter encouraged me to go through the application process. She didn’t make a National Team that cycle. After receiving a rejection email, she promised herself that she would make every effort to improve her ultimate frisbee skills and apply again for the next cycle. Jin-Mi tried out for and made the best club team in the southeast the following season, Atlanta Ozone, and continue to compete and refine skills with Ozone.

Jin-Mi returned to the U24 Tryout Camp in June 2017 and was offered a spot on the U24 Mixed National Team. Being a part of the Mixed National Team means that she will be competing alongside men and women from across the US.


Join the Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center, Vanderbilt Club Sports, and the Vanderbilt University community in congratulating Jin-Mi on this incredible accomplishment and wish her the best of luck at the World Championship tournament in Perth, Western Australia from January 7th-13th, 2018.

Posted by on September 22, 2017 in News

2017 Game Day Parking Announcement

For Vanderbilt University football game days, the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center (Rec) parking lot along Children’s Way is not available for parking to Commodore fans attending the games. However, the two-hour parking and metered spots are available to Rec patrons using the facility. Please show valid ID to the parking attendant. As a courtesy, please observe the time limits on these meters. Otherwise, unauthorized vehicles may be subject to ticketing or will be towed.


If you encounter any problems while trying to park along Children’s Way to visit and use the Rec during a football game day, please call the Rec Welcome Desk immediately, 615-343-6627, and a staff member will help you.

The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center (Rec) encourages lifelong learning, developing healthy lifestyles, fostering leadership, instilling an appreciation for diverse communities, and enhancing interpersonal relationships through quality facilities and by using intentional, educational, and enjoyable programming that focuses on Vanderbilt University students, faculty, staff, and the greater Nashville community. The Rec offers group fitness classes, personal training, cooking classes, student led club sports, intramural sport leagues and tournaments, memberships to the Vanderbilt University and Nashville community, nutrition programs to encourage healthy eating, outdoor recreation adventure trips, outdoor equipment rental, swimming lessons, a children’s summer day camp, and more. We believe being physically active is a crucial component of success in and out of the classroom, and we are dedicated to creating a culture of wellness where all members of the university community choose to thrive.


@VandyRec | Choose to Thrive |


Posted by on September 15, 2017 in News

Get your scuba diving certification at the Rec!

Do you want to learn how to scuba dive? Discover new adventures? Or see the world beneath the waves? This semester the Rec is hosting Scuba Shack’s PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Certification. The certification course is open to Vanderbilt University faculty, staff, students, and Rec members!


The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. The course will take place in a Rec classroom, the Rec pool and local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.


To learn more about Scuba at the Rec: contact Nicole Charnock at or 615-84-SCUBA (72822).


Course Details: September 28th, October 5th, October 7th and October 14th (Thursdays & Saturdays)


Course Fee: $450. Please remit payment to Scuba Shack.


Specific Course Dates and Times:

Thursday September 28: Rec conference room 2 from 6-9pm

Thursday October 5: Rec conference room 2 from 6-9pm

Saturday October 7: Rec pool (lanes 1-2) from 9am-1pm

Saturday October 14: Rec pool (lanes 1-2) from 9am-1pm

Open Water Training Dives TBD- Local Quarry


The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of 3 phases: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives and Open Water Dives. It includes: PADI Textbook & all materials | Professional Instruction | Use of Scuba gear for pool training and open water training | PADI Open Water Certification Card | Open Water dive site admittance fees. Not Included: Personal student gear (mask, fins, snorkel, boots) – Scuba Shack has “special package pricing for this gear for all students registered for the course.”


Questions, Info & Contact: Nicole Charnock | | 615-84-SCUBA (72822).

Posted by on August 31, 2017 in News

Celebrate the Outdoor Recreation Center’s 20th Anniversary on September 4

Linda Rosenkranz, an Assistant Director at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness of Outdoor Recreation, started at Vanderbilt University in August of 1989. The then “Student Recreation Center” was under construction, and she was tasked with creating the Outdoor Recreation program. Through the early years, the equipment rental center operated out of the Student Recreation Center, and offered only small general camping and backpacking gear. The indoor rock climbing wall, equipment rental, and adventure trips became quite popular with the Vanderbilt community, and by 1993 they completely outgrew the space that the Student Recreation Center had to offer. This led to a great need for the Outdoor Recreation program to have its own space.


In 1997, the Outdoor Recreation Center was built with an open air canoe and kayak shed along Children’s Way. Now, 20 years later, there is hardly any room for any more equipment! The ORC has been well funded over the past 20 years and that has enabled them to purchase quality equipment. They employ a student staff each year and they help to clean and maintain the equipment. The ORC rents the basics for camping and backpacking. It also offers caving gear and climbing helmets and shoes for rent. The boat inventory includes:  canoes, touring kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, whitewater kayaks, whitewater canoes, tandem kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP’s).


Join the Recreation and Wellness Center and the Outdoor Recreation program staff to celebrate Outdoor Recreation Center’s 20th Anniversary on Monday, September 4th, from 3-6 pm, at a free cookout! Meet trip leaders, tour the Outdoor Recreation Center, and learn more about the Outdoor Recreation program while enjoying free hotdogs and corn on the cob.

Posted by on August 28, 2017 in News

Vandy Cooks: Herbs Recipes Worthy of Sharing is August 11

Join Karman Meyer, a Registered Dietitian and Stone Soup blogger, as she introduces healthy recipes using fresh herbs you can purchase or grow in your own containers or garden. These creations will inspire you to take a photo and share their beauty. Karman is well known for her success in blogging and will share tips with attendees on how to photograph beautiful creations for placing on social media.

Posted by on August 7, 2017 in News

Vandy Walks: Athletics: Behind the Stands is August 23

Vandy Walks is a walking series brought to you by Health Plus and the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center.

Wednesday, August 23, noon – 1pm (Meet at Jess Neely & 25th Ave.)

“Athletics: Behind the Stands”

Go behind the stands and behind the scenes of Vanderbilt Athletics with Eric Jones of Vanderbilt Ticket Office during this month’s walk.

Faculty & Staff are encouraged to log activity with the Start! Physical Activity Program.

Posted by on August 7, 2017 in News

Rec Updates

After undergoing a total resurfacing, we are happy to announce that the Outdoor Track will be reopening to patrons on August 23! We appreciate your support during the duration of this project and we are excited to bring you state of the art facilities.

Additionally, the Rec will be installing new turnstiles at the Welcome Desk entry. The turnstiles will be fully operational on August 14. Also, our annual court resurfacing projects will begin July 31, with all projects completed by August 10.

Finally, for any membership expiring on July 31, your membership will be extended at no charge through August 13. Additional information about our new online software system will be released closer to August 14.

Posted by on August 1, 2017 in News

Vandy Walks: Enjoy Campus Architecture on June 15

Vandy Walks is a walking series brought to you by Health Plus and the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center.


Faculty & Staff are encouraged to log activity with the Start! Physical Activity Program.


Thursday June 15, noon – 1 pm

“Campus Architecture”

Presented by Paul Marshall, Architect, Vanderbilt University Campus Planning & Construction

Meet at Alumni Lawn Flag Pole


Posted by on June 12, 2017 in News

Vandy Cooks-Middle Eastern Cuisine-June 16

Friday, June 16

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Demonstration Kitchen


Join Marissa Wertheimer, Registered Dietitian, as she prepares a variety of Middle-Eastern dishes with big flavors. These vegetarian dishes will showcase fresh and appetizing ingredients, full of protein, vitamins and minerals. The menu will include: oven-baked falafel, tahini sauce, and tabbouleh. All attendees will receive delicious samples along with the recipes to take home to serve with family and friends.


Marissa Wertheimer is a Registered Dietitian and Health Educator for Health Plus. In her role, Marissa provides wellness coaching along with health education to Vanderbilt faculty and staff.


Vandy Cooks is provided monthly by a partnership with the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and Health Plus to support healthy eating through cooking presentations featuring the many aspects of food preparation.

Posted by on June 7, 2017 in News