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Ceremony Celebrates Official Opening of Morrow Garrison and Recreation Center

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 3, 2011) – The University of Central Missouri celebrated the official opening of the Morrow Garrison complex and Student Recreation and Wellness Center during ribbon-cutting ceremonies Friday, April 30.

Members of the campus and Warrensburg communities joined the UCM Board of Governors, emeriti faculty and alumni in the ceremony, which marked the completion of the two facilities. UCM President Charles Ambrose noted that the renovation and new construction was a major piece of the strong history and foundation of the university.

Morrow Garrison complex Student Recreation Center ribbon cutting
Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Morrow Garrison complex and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center were, left to right, Darren Doherty, student Board of Governors member; Sen. David Pearce; Mary Dandurand, Board of Governors; Walt Hicklin, president, Board of Governors; Weldon Brady, Board of Governors; Nathan Dampf, 2003-2004 SGA President; UCM President Charles Ambrose; Jim Moore, chair of the Department of Kinesiology; Dennis Strait, Gould-Evans architects; David Disney and Steve Golutski, J.E. Dunn Construction Co.; and Rick Sluder, dean of College of Health and Human Services.

“Today we are bringing together the old and the new,” he said. “This renovation of one of UCM’s historic buildings and the construction of the new facility also bring the academic and extracurricular activities of our students and faculty together to form a well-rounded community.”

Walt Hicklin, president of the UCM Board of Governors who served as associate vice president for student affairs during the initial stages of planning for the new facility, traced the history of the student recreation center from its inception in 2004. He introduced Nathan Dampf, a UCM alumnus who served a Student Government Association president during the 2003-2004 academic year, who initially came to Hicklin with the idea for building the facility.

Sen. David Pearce noted the significance of the ceremony, noting the results of former Gov. Matt Blunt’s recognition of the need to improve facilities on Missouri’s higher education campuses through the Lewis and Clark Initiative.

“UCM’s Board of Governors and administration is to be congratulated for taking advantage of the opportunity to bring new life to the Morrow Garrison complex,” Pearce said.

Darren Doherty, student representative on the UCM Board of Governors and former SGA president, recognized the past and present leadership of the SGA that made the new student recreation center possible.

“It was the initiative of students that brought this concept to life,” he said. “This new facility is a catalyst for the change underway on the UCM campus and yet another reason for students to call UCM home.”

Also present for the ceremony were representatives of J.E. Dunn Construction Co., the general contractor for the project, and Gould Evans Associates, architects for the project.

The 69,000 square foot Student Recreation Center was completed in January 2011 and opened to students with the beginning of the spring semester 2011. The adjacent Morrow and Garrison gymnasiums and the North Morrow Hall were renovated at the same time to create 130,000 square feet of instructional facilities, laboratories and faculty office space.