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TWU students vote in favor of new fitness and recreation fee

3/10/06



DENTON — Texas Woman’s University students recently voted in favor of a new fitness and recreation fee to build, operate, maintain and program fitness and recreation facilities at all TWU campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Online voting via the TWU Pioneer Portal took place Feb. 27 – March 2 and the results were 881 votes in favor of the new fee, with 508 votes against.

The new fee will cost no more than $75 per semester for a fall, spring or 12-week summer session. It will cost no more than $37.50 for semesters that are less than 12 weeks in length. Once approved by the TWU Board of Regents and the Texas Legislature, the fitness and recreation fee is scheduled to begin in fall 2007.

“Our fitness and recreation staff and student government leaders campaigned hard for this referendum,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life. “They held numerous information sessions for student organizations and classes to answer questions and address concerns. They also maintained a website and posted information on all campuses to get the word out about the vote. Every possible effort was made to inform the students of what the fee would mean to them in terms of improved and expanded facilities to enhance the Fitness and Recreation program.”

Currently, Fitness and Recreation is funded by a portion of the TWU student service fee. The student service fee is an umbrella fee, which means that many services and programs are funded from it, such as athletics, the counseling center, student government, The Lasso, etc. In 2004-2005 students paid approximately $22 per semester toward Fitness and Recreation services.

Dr. Nicholas says that with the passing of the new fitness and recreation fee, students will not be double charged. The Student Service Fee Committee now has the option to subtract the fitness and recreation fee from the student services fee.

The new TWU fitness and recreation fee will pay for:
• A new or expanded Fitness and Recreation Center in Denton
• Maintaining the Fitness and Recreation facilities on all TWU campuses
• Equipping Fitness and Recreation facilities on all TWU campuses
• Staffing Fitness and Recreation facilities on all TWU campuses
• Fitness and Recreation services and programs on all TWU campuses

“Our current facility at Jones Hall on the Denton campus is more than 20 years old and cramped, with students often having to wait for access to a machine or arriving to find there is not enough space for them in a group exercise class,” said John Cissik, director of TWU Fitness and Recreation. “Our goal is to build a state-of-the-art fitness center that includes cardio-vascular exercise equipment, strength training machines, free weights and group exercise rooms.”

The proposed expansion could also include a climbing wall; gymnasiums for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and badminton; and an outdoor adventure program for the renting of camping equipment, safe and inexpensive trips, leadership development and the teaching of lifetime skills.

The target date for opening new facilities on the Denton campus is fall 2009.

In addition to a new fitness and recreation facilities in Denton, the fee also impacts campuses in Dallas and Houston.

The fee will be used to pay for and maintain the equipment in the fitness center in the proposed new Parkland campus. It also will be used to provide services such as group exercise classes and intramurals to students in Dallas and to improve upon the existing facilities and services as needed.

In Houston, the fee will help equip, staff and maintain the new fitness center included in the TWU Houston Institute of Health Sciences opening in fall 2006.

More information about the new TWU Fitness and Recreation center and future plans can be found at http://www.twu.edu/o-sl/wellness/.

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For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu
 

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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