Background: In the School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences at Barry University (HPLS), transformational moments are encouraged by our vision and mission for students to
actualize their almost limitless potential. We open their minds to through contemplation of rightness of behavior and desire to be mindful of the need for an embracing of real values to identify who
and whose they are and to become what they will.
Methods: To assess school and university mission engagement, students responded to five questions: 1. How have we led you to an opening of the mind?; 2. How have we led you to a
contemplation of the rightness of behavior?; 3. How have we led you to a desire to be mindful of the need to embrace real values in your life?; 4. How have we led you to establish your true identity
as a human person?; 5. How have we led you to reach fulfillment? These five questions elicited responses as to how students have been led to a higher level of mindfulness through coursework in the
HPLS Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SES), through participation on teams as student-athletes in the HPLS Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) and/or through participation in
intramural sports through the HPLS Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW).
Results: Responses from SES (n=120/242) were grouped by people, experiences, wellness, majors and careers and those who were not led. Responses from ICA (n=54/224) were grouped by
people, experiences, team and competition and those that were not led. Responses from CRW (n=5/120) were grouped by people, experiences, and activity. SES students (56.8%) and ICA student-athletes
(39%) rated being led most through experiences. The CRW participant’s response was too small (n=5) to determine a main effect.
Conclusions: Responses demonstrated the students’ level of mindfulness thereby giving evidence for school administration program planning for student mission engagement activities.
The School of HPLS’s unique blend of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SES), Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) and Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW) provides
opportunities to nurture mindfulness.