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  • Extreme Makeover: Small College Edition

    by Oliver Snider, Guest Contributor April 2015

    While the closing of Sweet Briar College was being contested in Bedford County (Va.) Circuit Court — an April 14 hearing gave some life to opponents of the move — another small college was throwing in the towel. On April 11, Tennessee Temple University announced it would dissolve as of May 1 and merge with Piedmont International University, a private Christian college in Winston-Salem, N.C. The recent list of closings, including Lebanon College and Mid-Continent University, comprises only a small handful out of 1,650 private, nonprofit colleges still in operation, but nonetheless is a sobering reminder that the effects of the recession linger on — and may, in fact, represent a permanent change to the collegiate landscape.

  • AB Survey: Recreation Facility Construction

    by AB Staff April 2015

    Athletic Business will be looking at trends in public recreation facility construction in our June issue. We want to know what's happening in your community.

  • Severe Flooding Closes Campus Recreation Center

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    Sam Houston State University has some serious cleaning up to do after heavy rains caused a glass wall at the Student Sports Recreational Center to break, flooding the first floor of the center with 14 to 16 inches of water.

  • Student Bomb Threat Shuts Down Campus Rec Center

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    Students at Washington State University are shaken up after another student entered the University Recreation building on Saturday morning and threatened to detonate a bomb. 

    Police showed up at the recreation center soon after student Dmitry Dementyev made the threats and took him into custody. 

  • The AB Extra: April 17

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    The April 17th edition of The AB Extra, the inspiring, quirky or downright weird stories you may have missed this week.

  • Landing Zones Around Climbing Walls Get Their Due

    by Emily Attwood April 2015

    Climbing walls have become nearly as common as recreation centers on college campuses across the country, and the prevalence of public facilities dedicated to the sport has led to a generation of climbers for whom the walls and facilities built a decade ago just aren't cutting it any more. As facility operators look to revamp their existing walls to appeal to a more discerning consumer base — or to merely add the amenity — they're thinking more about the various aspects of a functional climbing destination.

  • Trends in Campus Fitness and Rec Center Programming

    by Jack D. Patton and Michael Andresen April 2015

    The years that separate a building's initial planning and its completion make it imperative that owners and architects are accurately able to forecast future needs. Fortunately, the pace of change isn't so rapid that they must dabble in science fiction — after all, basketball is alive and well almost 125 years after James Naismith invented it. But one needn't travel too far beyond the court to find a cautionary tale; racquetball, invented 65 years ago by Joseph Sobek, has over the past 30 years declined significantly in popularity, resulting in a reclamation and adaptation of courts since the activity's late-'80s peak.

  • The AB Extra: March 27

    by Laura Godlewski March 2015

    Editor's note: Today we're introducing a new feature to AthleticBusiness.com, The AB Extra. Each Friday this space will feature news, notes and interesting articles from around the web in a quick, concise format. We hope you enjoy this first edition of the The AB Extra.

  • Product Spotlight: Star Trac BoxMaster (Sponsored)

    by AB Staff March 2015

    Star Trac's education market manager John Brey explains why the BoxMaster® is the new form of boxing style conditioning that will wow clients in any facility. Shot at the University of Missouri's Student Recreation Complex, this video shows how the BoxMaster® is being utilized to engage people of all ages and abilities in group exercise classes.

  • Winter Taking Its Toll on Campus Rec Center's Roof

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    The University of Central Arkansas had a scare after winter weather caused pieces on the roof to slide off of its newly renovated recreation center. 

    The UCA Health Physical Education and Recreation Center, or HPER, had its grand opening in November after a $15 million renovation. As snow and ice on the facility melted last week, the ice-and-snow guards on the new part of the building came unattached from the roof. 

    According to Velton Daves, associate director of the UCA Physical Plant, the guards are “a two-piece system — the depth of it, they cut [the ice] in half; then at the bottom, they’ve got a little diamond shape, and that cuts it in half in the horizontal — in the other direction.” 

    The purpose of these guards is to stop ice and snow from falling “in big clumps,” said director of campus recreation Dave Dennis.

    The Cone Group, which completed the renovations, is financially responsible for the repairs due to warranty said both Dennis and Daves. 

    Luckily for the facility, the roof itself is in good condition and did not start leaking, which prevented further damage. Additionally, the damage that did occur was in the back of the building and is not used for access by students and staff. 

    Aaron Mitchell, an assistant project manager for the project from The Cone Group, said about the ice-and-snow guards, “Chances are, just the weight of the [ice and snow] has pulled it off. It’s effective material, but sometimes with the amount of ice and snow we get, if there is a weakness, or even if not, it’ll create one.” 

    According to Daves, The Cone Group has said they will reattach the guards once the weather permits. 

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