BY: JASON PANGIARELLA, Coordinator of Student Life & Success
It all began with a dream. A dream of working out in a room that didn’t look like a giant garage. The Northland Community and Technical College’s EGF campus fitness center is a culmination of a long process of planning, saving, sacrifice, and patience. And this fall, that dream has been realized with the grand opening of a sleek, stylish and modern fitness center available to all EGF campus students.
Like any major facility projects, the newly redesigned fitness center is the product of the work of many people. Student leadership, however, was at the core of its creation. In the spring of 2012, the then student senate president, Wesley Stainbrook, imagined a fitness center to meet the needs of an evolving student body. Northland’s student body was and is dynamic, and Stainbrook sensed that the previous fitness center wasn’t meeting the physical fitness needs of the students. However, simply building a new center, with new equipment, weights, and machines was a tall order. So tall that it was imperative that students take the helm on creating this new fitness center.
As such, the student body and student senate took it upon themselves to fund this expansion and renovation. By dedicating a portion of the EGF campus student life fee to this, Stainbrook and the EGF student senate set into motion a process that has come to fruition this fall.
At Northland, we try to impart to our students that nothing that’s worthwhile in life comes easy, and that’s certainly true about fitness, and the fitness center. Dedicating a portion of the student life fee to the fitness center was just one part of its renovation. In order to have enough to afford a truly new center, students had to wait over four years while the portion dedicated to renovations and equipment reached maturity. This was an exercise in patience as year after year, the funding grew to finally be enough to begin the lengthy construction project that resulted in today’s new fitness center.
Planning for this process took time as well. Because Northland is a part of a state agency, there is a process for facility planning that requires approvals beyond the college administration. Thus, staff in facilities, student services, the business office, and student government were all involved in the planning and discussion with students about what a new fitness center needed to include. Given the timetable and the overarching context of the space involved, students now have a dedicated space for weights/machines, for cardio, and an adaptable basketball half-court which has multiple possibilities for use.
So as our students use the new fitness center, two things they should keep in mind: we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before. And, please, please, wipe down the machines after you’re done. 😉
Grand Opening Ceremony
Join us for the Grand Opening Ceremony on November 27th, 2017 at 12:00 PM in the East Grand Forks Commons. Remarks from NCTC President Dr. Dennis Bona and NCTC’s Foundation President Wes Stainbrook. Tours, prize giveaways and refreshments to follow.