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Recreational Sports Department Records, 1964-2008

Historical Note:

The Recreational Sports Department provides recreational and educational opportunities for the Oregon State University (OSU) community, primarily students, and oversees recreational facilities on the Corvallis campus, including the Dixon Recreation Center and Stevens Natatorium, McAlexander Fieldhouse, and intramural sports fields.

A study of the administration and oversight of recreational programs and facilities was conducted in the early 1970s. Based on a recommendation of this study, a Board of Physical Recreation was established in January 1973 and the process was initiated to fund recreation programs and facilities with student fees. Recreational Sports celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1998.

The Dixon Recreation Center opened in 1975 and was dedicated in memory of James V. Dixon and Jeannette Brauns Dixon; the Stevens Natatorium was completed in 1992. The recreation center was extensively remodeled and expanded in 2004. McAlexander Fieldhouse and the outdoor sports fields were remodeled and upgraded in 2010-2011.

Sports clubs are recognized student organizations that provide OSU students the opportunity to compete in various sports against other schools' teams and community groups in the Pacific Northwest.

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