A Blessing to Get Fit

12.22.2005 | Athletics, Campus and CommunityThe University of Dayton will make it easy for its students, faculty, staff and alumni to meet their New Year's resolutions to get in shape.

The University's $25.3 million Fitness and Recreation Complex, dubbed RecPlex, replaces UD's Physical Activities Center, which opened in 1976 and permanently closed on Dec. 14. At nearly 125,500 square feet and three stories high, RecPlex is more than twice the size of the old facility.

A dedication and blessing ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the lobby of RecPlex, located on Evanston Avenue next to Marianist Hall on UD's campus. Parking is available across the street in C lot.

The schedule for the ceremony is:

* welcome by Bill Schuerman, vice president of student development and dean of students;
* remarks and recognitions by Daniel J. Curran, UD president;
* remarks by UD students Matt Maroon, former Student Government Association president; Nancy Buchino, member of the RecPlex student planning committee; Drew Navolio, current SGA president; and Bridget McIlvee current SGA vice president;
* blessing by the Rev. Chris Wittmann, S.M., director of Campus Ministry; and
* ribbon cutting.

Participants will be invited to take building tours following the ceremony.

Located on what was formerly Founders Field, RecPlex includes classrooms; courts for basketball, volleyball, racquetball, floor hockey, lacrosse, tennis, squash and other activities; a climbing wall; eight-lane natatorium; whirlpool; an elevated indoor track; studios for aerobics, yoga, martial arts and spinning, as well as a fitness center featuring more than 80 pieces of cardiovascular equipment, weight room and locker rooms. Classes for health and sport science majors, meeting rooms, and administrative offices also are housed in the building.

RecPlex also will feature a lounge with wireless Internet access, as well as The Chill, a juice and snack bar. The Chill is the latest endeavor of Flyer Enterprises, UD's student-run company that operates such campus businesses as The Blend coffee shop and Rudy's Fly Buy convenience store.

RecPlex is part of UD's plan to modernize student facilities on the highly residential campus. The construction will be paid for by an increase in student and membership fees.