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Image of Whitworth Campus Recreation Center
Image of Whitworth Campus Recreation Center

On Sept. 21, the Whitworth University Board of Trustees will officially break ground on the Whitworth Campus Recreation Center, which will be open to Whitworth students, faculty and staff in fall 2013, according to a news release. 

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, which will take place behind Whitworth’s Westminster Hall from 12:30-12:45 p.m.

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor will give opening remarks at the ceremony. Other speakers will be Dayna Coleman-Jones, assistant dean of students and director of HUB and student activities; Brian Benzel, vice president for finance and administration; and Molly Hough, ’13, president of the Associated Students of Whitworth University.

Dick Mandeville, vice president for student life, said in a news release that Whitworth’s need for more space for intramural sports has recently resulted in some games being scheduled at 11 p.m. He says Whitworth has also rented space from the nearby YMCA for intramural sports.

One student request that will be featured in the recreation center is a rope-climbing wall, which will provide seven climbing stations and bouldering. The 32,000-square-foot center will also offer an elevated three-lane track, three basketball courts, storage for outdoor recreation equipment, and a new fitness center 30 percent larger than the existing Scotford Fitness Center, according to a news release.

Once construction has been completed, the U.S. Green Building Council will recognize the $8 million center as LEED Silver-certified. LEED is the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

In lieu of the traditional turning-dirt-with-shovels celebration, the groundbreaking ceremony will conclude with program participants shooting basketballs into a hoop.

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About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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