Hundreds of students, faculty and staff attended the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center on Thursday, Jan. 26. Festivities included a celebratory ribbon cutting, facility tours and an array of fun games and events at Plaza del Sol. The state-of-the-art facility features basketball and volleyball courts, a multi-activity court for indoor hockey and soccer, a rock climbing wall, weight and fitness space, multi-purpose rooms for aerobics, martial arts, spinning, boxing and dance, an indoor jogging track, drop-in childcare services, an outdoor pool complex and more. From left: Lizzie Awad, chair of the University Student Union board of directors; William Watkins ’74 (Urban Studies), vice president for student affairs and acting administrator of academic affairs; Harry Hellenbrand, interim CSUN president; Bryan Green ’94 (Marketing), founder and CEO, Advantage Fitness Products; Debra Hammond, executive director of the University Student Union; Matty the Matador; and Aida Johnson, director of the Student Recreation Center. Photo by Lee Choo.
Grand opening attendees were given red roses to ceremoniously place at the campus Matador Statue. It is tradition at CSUN that red roses be laid at the base of the Matador Stature by every Matador who wants to commemorate or celebrate a significant achievement. Photo by Jenny Donaire.
The $62.3 million two-story facility broke ground in December 2009 and was paid for through self-imposed student fees. Currently enrolled students receive memberships at no additional cost. Faculty, staff and alumni can join for $163 for the spring 2012 semester. Alumni Association members receive a discounted rate of $130. Recent alumni (2007 to present) will receive a 50 percent discount for the first two years of operation, in recognition of previous student fees paid to support construction of the center. Photo by Lee Choo.
A signature feature of the Student Recreation Center is the 40-foot indoor rock climbing wall, the tallest in the 23-campus California State University system. Photo by Lee Choo.
Students get pumped in the Determination Studio, using TRX suspension equipment designed to help build muscle, increase flexibility and tighten the core. Photo by Jenny Donaire.
Men’s volleyball team members Matt Stork and Jared Moore use state-of-the art treadmills in the Bryan Green Matador Training Zone. The machines log user-workout information and provide energy back into the grid. Photo by Lee Choo.
The Red Ring Courts provide the ideal surface for several types of activities from basketball to volleyball and badminton. Flooring is made of 100 percent recycled material and Solatube lighting diffuses light from the sun into the facility. The Student Recreation Center boasts many “green” features, including 20 ReRev elliptical machines, which convert kinetic energy from a workout into renewable energy. A typical 30-minute workout on one machine produces 50-watt hours of clean, carbon-free electricity—enough to power a light bulb, cell phone or laptop. Photo by Lee Choo.
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