"Stress-Busting Day" Kicks Off Debut of New Student Rec Center

Montclair NJ - According to a recent Associated Press poll, four in 10 students say they endure stress often. Nearly one in five say they feel it all or most of the time. Montclair State University provides a new alternative to student stress with the official opening of its new $28.8 million Recreation Center Monday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. Officiating at the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Richard J. Codey, president of the New Jersey State Senate, and Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole.

"The importance of a healthy lifestyle, in both body and mind, cannot be underestimated," comments Senate President Codey, "College-aged students begin patterns that they are likely to follow throughout their adult lives. By encouraging physical fitness, wellness, and the incorporation of stress-reducing activities into daily routines, we are setting the stage for a generation of New Jerseyans who will be able to bring balance to their busy work schedules and commitments to their families and communities."

Located on the north end of the Montclair State campus, the state-of-the-art, 78,000-square-foot facility features a six-lane swimming pool, locker rooms, a two-court gymnasium with elevated running track, two racquetball courts, two-level fitness, strength and cardio training areas, space for aerobics and other fitness activities, offices and a café. Designed in the campus' signature Spanish Mission style architecture, the building has a glazed curtain wall entry space with terrazzo floors and glass partitions so that the activities are visible, designed to encourage student participation.

"This facility is both beautiful and necessary for the close to 17,000 students on our campus," says President Cole. "Our students need a place to unwind, work out, play hoops, lift weights, swim. Life is stressful for students, especially in New Jersey--our surveys clearly tell us that--and students need a place and a staff devoted to helping them make healthy and balanced life choices."

Opening day will feature fun activities, tours of the new facility, prizes, and healthy refreshments.

Montclair State students have been able to preview the facility since March 24 when the facility unofficially opened its doors to students and other curious visitors. Angelito Cabigao, a graduating senior, visited the new Center this past week and pronounced it "beautiful and relaxing."

The building of the Recreation Center was funded in part by students at Montclair State University, through a student fee endorsed by the Student Government Association (SGA). The facility is continuously open to all students from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight, (8 a.m. to 12 midnight on weekends) free of charge. Memberships are available to MSU faculty, staff, alumni and retirees for $475 annually.

Released: April 2, 2008