Student Organizations: RSM

The Recreation Club

The Recreation Club offers students at the University of St. Francis a dynamic and exciting way to complement their education.  Student learn about leadership, self-discovery, and group development while exploring the adventures awaiting them in the outdoors.  These experiences include white water rafting and kayaking, rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, and much more.  In addition the Recreation Club seeks to support the University’s core value of service through local projects at natural resource areas such as the will County Forest Preserve, Starved Rock State Park, or the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

The Recreation Club also helps student to develop professionally while supporting their travel to many local and regional conferences include IPRA, ATRA, and MWOLC.  Some of our students have taken the opportunity to present at these conferences to take their development a step further.  Through these experiences the Recreation Club helps students to become better leaders in the field of Recreation.


Rho Phi Lambda

USF Alpha Iota Chapter of the Rho Phi Lambda National Honor Society is an honor society for students in recreation, parks, and leisure service-related disciplines (sports/tourism). The University of St. Francis Alpha Iota Chapter was chartered in 1998.
The purpose of the Rho Phi Lambda National Honor Society is five-fold:

  1. to recognize superior students in the RSTM major,
  2. to encourage the development of professional standards for the leisure service profession,
  3. to stimulate the personal development of individual members’ professional growth in the leisure field,
  4. to cultivate, foster and promote a sentiment of amity among the students of the leisure profession, and
  5. to recognize those persons who have made outstanding contributions to the field of recreation/parks/leisure.

For students to qualify for membership, they must have an overall 3.0 GPA, a 3.2 GPA in their major, complete a minimum of 45 credit hours at USF and and complete 12 hours within their major. In addition to demonstrated academic excellence, other criterion include leadership and service.