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Aug. 28, 2015
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Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate its new Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center with a grand-opening ceremony Thursday, Sept. 10.
The ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will include a ribbon-cutting at the facility’s main entrance and a brief program inside. The Foster Fitness Center is located on the south side of the Northwest campus, adjacent to the Lamkin Activity Center. The grand-opening event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Though the grand-opening celebration will formally mark the completion of the University’s reimagining of its former aquatic center, the facility opens for use by Northwest students and employees Monday, Aug. 31, in conjunction with the start of the fall trimester.
The new fitness center consists of 19,490 square feet of open floor space, accommodating state-of-the-art cardio and weight lifting machines, a human performance lab and classroom space. In addition, the facility houses a group exercise room and a 2,300-square-foot mezzanine with cardio equipment and windows that provide natural lighting in the facility.
Additionally, the facility includes new locker rooms and an enclosed walkway connecting Northwest’s existing Student Recreation Center for added convenience. Energy usage is greatly reduced in the new space with all new mechanical and electrical systems as well as LED lighting.
Students have full access to the Foster Fitness Center through a $4 per-credit-hour-fitness fee that is included in their tuition.
Memberships are available to Northwest employees and affiliates at costs of $120 for an annual membership, $20 per month or $5 per day.
Patrons must complete an electronic assumption of risk/liability waiver before they can use the Foster Fitness Center or the Student Recreation Center. The waiver is accessible by logging on to CatPaws and clicking on the Personal Information tab.
The facility is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Northwest’s Board of Regents, in March 2014, approved the renaming of the former Foster Aquatic Center to the Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center and The Northwest community subsequently gathered in May 2014 for a ceremony to celebrate the renaming and the Foster family's legacy. The ceremony – attended by dozens of current and former University administrators, faculty and staff, and friends – featured Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski talking with the Fosters’ sons, Robert Foster III and Doug Foster, before an unveiling of a sign with renderings of the new facility.
Dr. Robert Foster served as Northwest's president from 1964 to 1977. Under Dr. Foster's leadership, the campus saw extensive growth and the construction of several facilities, including the Garrett-Strong Science Building, the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building, the high-rise residence halls and the Valk Center, in addition to a major expansion of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Dr. Foster was instrumental in the creation of the Northwest Foundation, which funded the construction of the Memorial Bell Tower – a campus icon that also was completed during Foster's presidency. He also had a leading role in securing funding to establish KXCV/KRNW, Northwest's award-winning 100,000-watt National Public Radio affiliate. Dr. Foster died in 2008 at the age of 90.
In November 2014, Northwest’s Board of Regents approved a construction budget and the awarding of the project bid to Lee Grover Construction Co., of St. Joseph, Mo. Construction began a week later.
To learn more about the history and remodeling of the Foster Fitness Center, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/FitnessCenter/.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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