Campus: Stanislaus -- May 5, 2006

CSU Stanislaus Students Approve Student Recreation Complex Project Proposal

California State University, Stanislaus students have overwhelmingly approved a referendum to fund construction of a student recreation complex that is scheduled to open in 2008.

Sixty-eight percent of student voters approved of the measure. A higher than normal number of student voters took to the polls to vote for the referendum and student body officer elections.

"I am very pleased to see that students are so supportive of this project, because it will really be an asset to the University and the community," California State University, Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani said. "This is a project that captures the spirit of this University and contributes to physical education and fitness as one of the four essential pillars of education along with the spiritual, intellectual and personal components. It's also one of the major elements of establishing Turlock as a college town."

The complex, which will be located on the east side of campus at the corner of Geer Road and Christoffersen Parkway, will feature a 21,000-square-foot fitness center, a 2,500-seat lighted soccer/football stadium with a state-of-the-art all-weather turf and track, a lighted intramural competition field and a soccer practice field. A field events site for the relocated track and field program is also included in the project.

Under the plan approved, students will pay an additional $80 in the fall, spring and summer terms, and $27 in the winter term. However, the fees will not be implemented until 2008. Students who take more than half of their classes at the Stockton Center will not be required to pay the fees, and monthly rates will be available for those students who are not taking classes during the summer.

A unique feature of the project is the campus commitment that half of all donations and profits related to the facility will be directed toward reducing the student fee after the complex is opened. The other half of donations will go to athletic scholarships while the remaining half of profits generated by the facilities will be designated for future expansion and improvements of the complex.

The Associated Students, Inc., University Student Union Board of Directors and Student Athletic Advisory Committee leadership have been involved in the planning for the project. A student oversight committee will provide a voice in operation of the facilities.

"The complex is going to be a fabulous addition to our campus and I know students are excited about this as something coming in the near future," said Chelsea Minor, Associated Students, Inc. President. "With this vote of 68%, it's very apparent to me that students have a want and a need for this facility. That was very important to the student leadership as we went about making sure that students were supportive of this project."

Addition of a lighted intramural field will provide CSU Stanislaus with its first dedicated facility for that program. Participation in intramurals has increased dramatically with the University's steady enrollment growth and improved student-generated recreation programs.

CSU Stanislaus Director of Athletics Milton Richards said that the Warriors sports program will take a major step forward with the addition of the new facilities.

"We are very grateful to President Shirvani and our students for their overwhelming support of this project," Richards said. "This facility will allow Warrior Athletics to move to the next level of competitive success while meeting the recreational needs of all students."

Contact: Don Hansen, 209-667-3997

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