Benedictine College Breaks Ground on New Student Recreation Center

Benedictine College Breaks Ground on New Student Recreation Center

Friday, April 10, 2015

Benedictine College officials broke ground on the latest major project on the growing Atchison campus, the new Student Recreation Center. The construction company began moving earth on April 6 and the ceremonial groundbreaking with students, school officials and donors took place April 10. The planned finish date is February of 2016, only 10 months away.

“A big step in taking Benedictine College to the next level is a new Student Recreation Center,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis. “Today we are a school of more than 1,800 students…and we have 5 treadmills and 6 elliptical machines. We’re Benedictine College, and we can do better for our students.”

The new 40,000 square foot facility will provide two basketball courts, an indoor turfed field and an elevated track, along with locker rooms, offices for the intermural director, multi-purpose rooms for aerobics and spin classes, and a 4,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center.

“We are an active campus,” said Linda Henry, vice president of student life.  “Last year, over 90% of our students were involved in varsity or intramural sports and annual survey results indicate ‘recreational facilities’ as the greatest unmet need expressed by students.”

Natalie Gallatin, newly-elected president of the Benedictine College Student Government Association (SGA), also spoke at the event.

“This recreation center will once again prove the commitment of the college's leadership to the student body,” she said. “Just as the Ferrell Academic Center, the new dining hall and many new dormitories stand as landmarks of the 2020 Vision, so too will this facility. I am beyond proud that I and the rest of the SGA can participate in serving our fellow students as partners of the vision.”

Donors attending the event included Mike Hundley, Mike Rieker, Larry and Linda Kaminsky, Ray and Mary Jo Becker, Larry Buessing and Doc and Doreen Donovan. Also in attendance were representatives from the architectural firm, Ellison-Auxier Architects, and the construction contractor, Lawhon Construction. Chairman of the Board, Jack Newman, participated in the groundbreaking and other board members were in attendance, including Shirley Chenowith, S. Diana Seago, Dave Laughlin and Fr. Denis Meade.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.