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Letter to the Editor: Recreational opportunities available for students

Dear Editor,

The Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Recreational Sports are excited to announce a number of recreational opportunities available to A&M-San Antonio students. Intramural sports along with the opening of the new Jaguar Fitness Center in the Madla Building are some of the exciting opportunities in the spring 2015 semester.  Art Olague, Director of Recreational Sports, is working closely with partners at Palo Alto College to provide intramural competition for the A&M-San Antonio students as well as working to develop stand-alone programming for the Game Room.

Mr. Olague comes to A&M-San Antonio from the University of Texas at Brownsville where he served as the Facility and Safety Coordinator and the Director of Campus Recreation for the past six and a half years.  He brings extensive knowledge in facility operation development and assisted in the construction of the recreational facilities at UT-Brownsville.  Prior to his arrival at UTB, he served as a member of the Campus Recreation staff at The University of Mississippi and Texas Tech University.  Mr. Olague brings over 12 years of experience in Recreational Sports to the A&M-SA Campus.

The creation of these programs and the Jaguar Fitness Center are made possible by the assessment of the Recreational Sports Fee which started in Fall 2014.  The fee is being utilized for the construction and retrofitting of the old cafeteria to include new flooring, a service desk, and men’s and women’s locker and shower facilities.  The fee will also contribute to the purchase of new cardio and strength training equipment, televisions, and a sound system for the fitness center, as well as new recreation and sports equipment that will be offered to the students through the Game Room.

Recreational Sports plans to partner with Palo Alto College to begin offering intramural opportunities to the A&M-San Antonio students immediately.  Students will have access to eleven separate intramural sport activities in which they can compete in both team and single player competition.   Basketball, flag football, soccer, table tennis and running events are just an example of what students can expect from this partnership.  Students will be able to compete on teams with both A&M-San Antonio and PAC students.  If there are not enough players for a team students may sign up as a free agent in order to be placed on a team.  Registration for intramural sports can be done by going to and creating a profile under Palo Alto College.  Should students have any questions regarding registration or the offering of sports they can contact Mr. Olague at 210-784-1349 or by email at  Recreational Sports anticipates the offering of these programming opportunities in February 2015.

Best regards,


Melissa Mahan, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Texas A&M University-San Antonio


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