Monday, July 25, 2011

A Look at Some of the Events That Made 2010-2011 a Golden Year With a Diamond Weekend - January 2011

A Grand Reopening for the Fitness Center

After a 13-month renovation, the Hofstra Fitness Center celebrated its grand reopening on January 26, with more than 100 students waiting outside at the crack of dawn to be among the first to enter the facility. The architect on the project was Peter Gisolfi Associates.

Four new spaces were among the highlighted features of the center: an expanded weight room, a spin (cycle) room, yoga studio and aerobics room. Also included in the center’s makeover were the resurfacing of the running track, the expansion of the second floor lounge, a boxing area, computer station, and most impressively, the addition of state-of-the-art CYBEX cardio and strength training exercise equipment. The Fitness Center now also offers a wider variety of classes – among them cycle (spin), Zumba, Pilates and yoga.

Senior Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Recreation and Intramural Sports Pat Montagano says reaction to the expanded Fitness Center has been “extremely positive. The students love the look, high-energy feel, and all that it provides.” 

She says the cardio and strength-training equipment have been the most popular additions. Students appreciate that the second-floor weight circuit is ADA compliant, and the equipment is set up in a way that easily allows them to get a complete workout in 30 minutes. Attendance in the group classes is also up, with cycle classes being the best attended, but Zumba and toning are not far behind. People are even running on the resurfaced track more than ever before. Ms. Montagano says average daily attendance is close to 1,000.

She continues that the Fitness Center is “much more of a destination now. Students come to exercise, take a class, play a game of pick up ball or simply hang out. It’s also a very popular stop on admissions tours where reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.”

To view photos of the renovation and for more information on Fitness Center policies and alumni membership fees, visit

More January News … 

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts selected Hofstra’s School of Education, Health and Human Services for its Partners in Education program. The mission of the program is to integrate the arts into the classroom curriculum.
  • Hofstra Entertainment presented the acclaimed but rarely performed Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand. Directed by Bob Spiotto ’84, Night of January 16th invited members of the audience to serve as the jury in this stirring courtroom drama.
  • The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University® and a group of universities led by the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom were awarded a three-year grant to launch the Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network.
  • Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement named seniors Kenny Cordero Rubinos ’11 and Alex Moore ’11 as its first two intern-recipients of the Metzger-D’Innocenzo Endowed Scholarship, funded by Hofstra alumnus James C. Metzger ‘83 in honor of his favorite Hofstra faculty member, History Professor Michael D’Innocenzo.
  • Hofstra University’s Small Co-Ed Cheerleading team took top honors at the 2011 Universal Dance Association (UDA)/Universal Cheer Association (UCA) National Competition in Disney World, Orlando, Florida, for the third consecutive year and the fifth time in the last six years. Hofstra’s Dance Team, also competed at Disney World, placed third in Division I Hip Hop and ninth in Division I Jazz.


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