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Fitness center was built entirely with gifts

September 17, 2009

With a quick snip of a ribbon, Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. officially opened the College´s new 10,000-square-foot fitness center after Convocation on Sept. 3.

"I am highly confident that this is one of the best fitness facilities among liberal arts colleges," Higdon said at the opening ceremony, which included an all-campus picnic. "Physical fitness is a high priority for students, and it is a critical component of a liberal arts education."

See pictures from the ribbon-cutting and picnic.

Earlier in the day, the College celebrated the official opening of the academic year at Convocation. Lucia Santini Field '80 P'12, a senior vice president with Boston Trust & Investment Management Co., presented the freshman class banner. She told students that a liberal arts education will give them invaluable skills, including an open and inquisitive mind and the ability and willingness to listen closely and communicate clearly.

See pictures from Convocation.

The Class of 2010 also launched its Senior Giving Program, supporting the College through the Annual Fund, with a T-shirt giveaway.

See photos from the Senior Giving event.

The $8 million fitness center, built entirely with gifts to the college, triples the workout and fitness space for students, faculty, staff and other members of the College community. Its two stories rise above the Lyn and David Silfen Track and Field with sweeping views of the Thames River. Inside, wooden beams complement the clean lines of the metal railings, dark gray floors and glass walls.

View the College's coverage of the fitness center opening.

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