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Preston Center celebration May 3; other dedications, special events coming up

WKU will celebrate the expansion and renovation of the Raymond B. Preston Health and Activities Center during a ceremony Monday afternoon (May 3).

The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the Preston Center’s fitness center. Speakers include WKU President Gary Ransdell; Steve Rey, director of Intramural-Recreational Sports; Howard Bailey, vice president of Student Affairs; Kevin Smiley, Student Government Association president; and Todd Misener, assistant director of Health and Fitness. Kent Preston, representing the Preston Family Foundation, will attend.

The $10 million project that included renovations to the Preston Center and the addition of a 14,000-square-foot fitness center was completed this spring.

Renovations included upgrades to all mechanical, electrical and technological operating systems; upgrades to lights, sound and security systems; improvements of the natatorium, locker rooms, health and fitness lab, Intramural-Recreational Sports administrative offices, multipurpose room and dance studio; and new carpeting, painting, furniture, landscaping.

The project included sustainability features in plumbing, lighting, air handling systems, windows and recycling units/containers. In the future, the center plans to turn exercise into electricity by retrofitting all fitness machines with ReRev equipment.

The Preston Center was built in 1992.

For information about Monday’s event, contact Steve Rey at (270) 745-6060.

More special events coming up

The Preston Center celebration is one of many special events as the 2010 spring semester winds down.

Friday, May 7: 2 p.m. — Chandler Memorial Chapel dedication to celebrate the opening of the privately-funded chapel.

Saturday, May 8: 10 a.m. — College High Hall dedication to celebrate the renovation and renaming in honor of the building’s training school history.

Saturday, May 8: Noon — Orberson Baseball Clubhouse dedication.

Wednesday, May 12: 3:30 p.m. — Remembrance ceremony at Faculty House and tree planting at College High Hall to honor Bettina Richmond.

Friday, May 14: 6 p.m. — Graduate Commencement, Diddle Arena.

Saturday, May 15: 10 a.m. — Undergraduate Commencement for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Ogden College of Science and Engineering and the College of Health and Human Services, Diddle Arena

Saturday, May 15: 1 p.m. — Gatton Academy Commencement, Van Meter Hall.

Saturday, May 15: 3 p.m. — Undergraduate Commencement for the Potter College of Arts & Letters, Gordon Ford College of Business, University College and Bowling Green Community College, Diddle Arena.

Additional Commencement Weekend activities are available at http://www.wku.edu/commencement/

For information about the events, contact Media Relations at (270) 745-4295.

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