Exterior of Taffner Field House

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation provides the entire University community with the opportunity to participate in a variety of formal and informal activities.

Our activities encompass team sports, individual and dual sports, as well as competitive and noncompetitive activities. In addition to the obvious benefits of physical fitness, participants will also improve their skills, acquire new and lifelong leisure time skills, and gain social and ethical qualities (cooperation, trust, regard for others, etc.) from our programs.

Campus Rec Office:
Taffner Field House Rm. 105
[email protected]
[email protected]

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Regular Hours *Open
Monday to Thursday8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and SundayNoon – 7 p.m.


Tennis Court Hours **Open
Monday to Thursday3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday and SundayNoon – 7 p.m.

* Hours are subject to change during holidays and school closings. Any change will be communicated by Campus Rec.

** An active StormCard is required to use the tennis courts. Tennis equiptment can be rented out from the Campus Rec offce (Taffner 105).

For more information, call 718-990-5810 and follow Campus Rec on Instagram and Twitter!


  • A valid St. Johns University ID card* is required for admission to all recreation facilities.
  • Guests are not permitted to use St. Johns facilities.
  • Alcohol and drug use is not permitted in any recreation facility.
  • Smoking is not permitted in Carnesecca Hall or on any recreational fields.
  • Proper athletic attire must be worn in all recreation facilities. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the facility. Proper attire includes: sweatpants; jogging suits or gym shorts; t-shirt or sweatshirt; sneakers.
  • No one will be permitted to leave their clothes or book bags in the gym or hallways. There are locker rooms and mini lockers to secure your belongings.
  • Spectators may not enter the main gym floor wearing shoes, boots, or jeans. Spectators may observe the activity from the bleachers.
  • During Campus Recreation contests, only those participating may be on the gym floor. Others may not infringe on this space. This includes during play, time-outs, and between halves.
  • Sneakers and rubber-soled cleats (no metal) may be worn on the outdoor fields.
  • No food or beverages, other than water, are allowed in any recreation facility or on any recreational field.
  • ID cards must be carried at all times. If you do not have an ID card you will not be permitted to access any of the recreation facilities.

* Failure to present an ID card when requested by a university faculty or staff member is a violation of the code of conduct and subjects the holder to disciplinary action (suspension). Please see the Student Handbook.

Accidents and Injuries
All injuries must be reported to Campus Recreation immediately. Campus Recreation will contact the Student Health Services and Public Safety.

Lost and Found Articles
Any questions regarding lost or found articles should be brought to the attention of Campus Recreation and/or Public Safety.

All recreational facilities are under the supervision and control of building managers, Public Safety, and Campus Recreation personnel. Any person on the premises without a validated St. John’s University ID card will be removed from campus. Any person caught stealing will be prosecuted. If any other user observes stealing, looting, etc., in progress, please alert any Campus Recreation and Public Safety immediately. We need your participation to keep our facilities safe and secure. Please report all illegal or criminal activities to Public Safety immediately. 

The development of sportsman-like behavior is one of the goals of Campus Recreation. Individual or team competitors must be able to accept defeat without blaming others. Officials, intramural event supervisors or representatives, teammates and opponents all deserve each other’s respect and courteous behavior.

Participants must realize that these are not varsity sports and there are no professional coaches or officials. The following rules regarding sportsmanship will be enforced:

  • A team is responsible for the actions of its individual team members and for spectators directly associated with the team.
  • Harassment of the officials, program supervisors, and other players will not be tolerated.
  • Abusive language, verbal harassment or threats, physical harassment, striking, or intentionally pushing another participant, official or supervisor will not be tolerated.
  • Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in an initial warning, a penalty, technical foul, or ejection from the facility, game or contest. Players or teams may be dropped from the Intramural event, tournament or league, and/or future events.
  • Protests concerning the judgment of officials will not be considered. Therefore, their calls are not open to debate. Questions regarding rule interpretations can be made before or after a game or during a time-out.
  • Malicious behavior, such as striking another participant will result in immediate dismissal from the facility or event, and from future Campus Recreation events.
  • Spectators are also responsible for behaving in a sportsmanlike manner. Anyone exhibiting improper behavior will be asked to leave the facility.

All students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently enrolled or employed at St. John’s University and presenting a validated ID card may use any recreational facility during recreation hours or participate in any of the intramural events or activities. Any individual who is currently a varsity athlete shall be ineligible to take part in the sport or related sport in which he or she is currently competing. Each student participating is responsible for his or her own eligibility. Any player using an assumed name or another individual’s ID card shall be barred from participating in any event offered by the Campus Recreation for that school year.

Please note Campus Recreation event requests must be submitted at least two (2) weeks in advance of the event.

Student Organizations

  1. First, get event/space approval from your advisor prior to completing the event request form.
  2. Once you have your advisor's approval, submit the Campus Recreation Event Request form.

All Others (Non-Student Organizations)

  1. First obtain space approval through Conference Services; the Queens office may be contacted at 718-990-7300 or [email protected].
  2. Once your space is reserved and confirmed please complete the Campus Recreation Event Request form.


If you have any questions about a Campus Recreation event request, please contact Mark Stevenson at 718-990-6120 or [email protected].

Taffner Field House has a primary function of open recreation and intramural programming through the Campus Recreation department.

This space can be reserved for recreational programming as well as events, inside and outside the University. Each request will be reviewed and approved/denied on a case by case basis. 

The following are policies that must be followed when reserving and utilizing Taffner Field House:

  • Each request must come from Conference Services or from Student Affairs and be submitted to the Director of Campus Recreation at least (4) weeks prior to the requested date(s).
  • No events will be approved that require music or entertainment during normal business hours. Any events that require music or entertainment may only begin after 5 p.m.
  • Once the event is complete; it is the responsibility of the renter to ensure all clean up is completed. This would include any of Campus Recreations property put back in its location, and all signs and equipment used for the event removed/taken down.
  • When submitting your request please work with facilities to determine time needs for setup and breakdown. Once determined please indicate on the request the full amount of time that is needed for the event including the setup and breakdown.
  • There is a NO HANGING policy in Taffner. Renters of the space may not hang anything on the red padding or walls. If there are specific requests for something to be displayed you must include that in your request for the space and it will be reviewed.
  • In regards to setups, if the renter is ordering tables and chairs or any outside furniture, the date of delivery and pickup needs to be approved as well by the Director of Campus Recreation. You would include a side note in your setup if you are planning to order furniture.
  • The renter will be responsible for any damage caused in the space from their event.

Capacities for events in Taffner are as follows:

  • For both sides of Taffner with open floor is 1140. For only one side with open floor it would be 570.
  • For a banquet or lecture setup the total would be 600 for both sides and 300 for each individual side by itself.

Meet the Staff

Mark Stevenson
Assistant Director of Club Sports & Intramurals
Working for Campus Recreation since 2008 (going into 5th year as a full time employee)
[email protected]
Taffner Field House, rm. 105
(718) 990-6120

I have been at St. John’s since Fall 2005 in which I received my undergrad degree in Communications with a minor in Sports Management and then went on to get my Masters in Sociology. I started off as a student worker for Campus Recreation, and then had the honor of becoming a GA, and eventually a full-time employee. I have a passion for sports, fitness, and health; and the thing I enjoy most about working for Campus Recreation is the family environment it always provides!

Dorothy Longworth
Fitness Manager/Wellness Coordinator
4 years working for the department
[email protected]
Carnesecca B-02
(718) 990-6146

I have worked in the department for 5 years and the fitness industry for 17 years. I previously managed corporate fitness centers before coming to St. John’s. Joining the Campus Recreation team at St. John’s has been extremely rewarding and I always enjoy coming to work and working with our students. I have always been very passionate about fitness, health and helping people and feel so fortunate I get to come to work every day doing what I love. My favorite exercise is running and lifting weights.

Graduate Assistants, 2018-2019

Conor Fagan
Graduate Assistant for Intramurals & Club Sports
I have been at St. John’s since the Fall 2014 semester.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration and am currently pursuing a MBA concentrated in Business Analytics.  Before becoming a Graduate Assistant, I’ve worked for the New York Mets and the New York Islanders.  Whether as a participant or employee, sports have always been a major aspect of my life and I am glad to be a part of the Campus Recreation team.  Catch me at a St. John’s basketball game as I am a member of the St. John’s Pep Band.
Joseph Peschel
Graduate Assistant for Fitness & Personal Training
This is my first year serving as the Graduate Assistant for Fitness and Personal Training. I began working under the Intramural Department of Campus Recreation in 2016. I received a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a concentration in coaching this past May of 2018 at St. John's and am currently pursuing my Masters of Professional Studies in Sport Management. I loved playing on various intramural teams at St. John’s, and using the gym to work out. Campus Recreation is a welcoming family and I am excited to work as a GA and continue working for C-Rec!
Maria Salazar
Graduate Assistant for Marketing & Social Media
I received a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations with a minor in Advertising Communication from St. John’s in May of 2018, and have been working for Campus Recreation since the summer of 2016. During my time as a student worker for C-Rec I also worked as a graphic designer, a job that helped me get to know the department and staff extremely well, and motivated me to continue working here as a Graduate Assistant.  I am now pursuing a Master of Science in International Communication and am the graduate assistant in charge of managing all social media and marketing done for Campus Rec. 
Marissa Serrano
Graduate Assistant for Fitness & Recreation Programming
In my time here at St. John’s with the Campus Recreation department, I’ve grown as both an individual and worker. I started as a student worker in Fall 2016 and then was promoted to manager in Fall 2017. I’ve recently graduated with a Bachelors in Science for Communication Arts in May of 2018. Now I am a Graduate Assistant for Campus Rec, where I oversee Fitness and Recreational Programming. I am so grateful for being granted this opportunity. I enjoy working around such amazing and supportive people. Campus Recreation is truly a family!