Intramurals skates into new semester

With students rolling into the spring semester, the Intramurals Department rolled out a Welcome Back Bash at Sk8land in Annaville on Feb. 6.

Carla Gamez-Vela, the new director of intramurals, organized the event, which included snacks, games and prizes. Del Mar students skated for about two hours.

DMC student Diana Nguyen was one of several students to attend the skate party and said she was looking forward to participating in intramurals this year.

“Just to be active and make new friends,” Nguyen said of her motivations.

Biology major Angela Remmers also laced up her skates for the party.

“I hope to have more experiences meeting new people and enjoy life,” Remmers said of her involvement with intramurals.

Gamez-Vela encouraged students to participate in this semester’s events, which include basketball, pickleball, volleyball and more.

“After COVID, I hope to get a lot more student involvement,” Gamez-Vela said. Intramurals returned to in-person events last year after being virtual only because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One new event this year is the Color Me Fun Run outside the Harvin Center at Heritage Campus on March 7.

“It will be a one-mile run/walk to kick off spring break. We will have a lot of fun stuff for students to enjoy,” said Gamez-Vela, who added that paint may be thrown at students during the run.

Gamez-Vela also reminds students about the recreation facilities, which are open for all Del Mar students.

“They can still come and use the facilities, even if they attend classes online,” Gamez-Vela said.

Kinesiology Education Department Chair Kristy Urbick said she was pleased with the turnout at the skate party, noting that the department focuses on “offering different opportunities for student engagement, to meet people and make friends having fun out there.”

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