January 24, 2020

The Recreation Center is a new 4,201-square foot space that offers everything from common weight room equipment (dumbbells, kettle bells, squats and dead lifts), to cardio equipment (treadmills, ellipticals and stairclimbers), and features a new TRX and motion cage. Some machines, such as the treadmills, come with USB charging ports.

“We’re looking forward to sharing our renovated facilities – and fitness areas - with students, families, employees, and the community,” Jeff Hamilton, SSU Athletics Director, said. “I think people are going to be surprised with the equipment, programs, and amenities we’re now able to offer our student-athletes and all who attend and work at Shawnee State, in addition to our alumni, friends, and supporters in the community.”

students working out with exercise equipment


SSU students, faculty and staff may access the new facilities by showing their SSU BearCard. Immediate family members of SSU staff or faculty may also use the facility free of charge. SSU alumni members who attend the Open House will receive a free six-month membership, and  all community members who attend can purchase their membership for half-price and receive a FREE one-day pass. For a full list of membership prices, please visit

“The new equipment we’re using is amazing – and students are really taking advantage of the variety,” Chris Brown, SSU Sports Center Specialist, said. “We keep saying that there is something for everyone and that’s not an understatement.”

Part of the $3.8 million renovations include a Performance Weight Room (PWR) that will be utilized by student-athletes at Shawnee State for enhanced weightlifting opportunities. The overall project also included renovations to the Athletics Department, athlete recruitment and coaching meeting areas, locker spaces, athletic training area, and yoga/dance studio.

"The Student Rec Center provides our students with a space they can take a lot of pride in, not just with the size of the facility, but the equipment as well," SSU Athletic Director Jeff Hamilton said. "Every time I've been in there since opening a week ago, there's been at least 15 to 25 students using the space doing a variety of different workouts. That’s great to see and it’s going to grow."

The Jan. 30 Open House is free and open to the public. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Tours of the new renovated areas will be given at the event. Athletic Director Hamilton and SSU President Jeff Bauer will both speak during the ceremony.

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