RecWell Rewind – February 10, 1979

Sam Cooper in Cooper Pool
Sam proudly posing in “his” new pool.
University officials dedicate the Rec!

Dedication ceremonies were held on February 10, 1979 to celebrate the completion of the Student Recreation Center and to name the Samuel M. Cooper Pool.

The day’s events began shortly before noon, when guests first gathered on the balcony to enjoy a consommé appetizer followed by a luncheon in the Club Pool area. At the conclusion of the luncheon, the guests were directed to the activity center on the main level where the Student Recreation Center dedication ceremony was held at 1:30 PM.

Dr. Eakin, vice provost, began the ceremony by introducing each of the ribbon cutting participants. The ribbon cutters included University President Dr. Hollis A. Moore, Board of Trustees Chair John F. Lipaj, Board of Trustees member Albert Dyckes, and Undergraduate Student Representative Frank Aveni. Following the ribbon cutting, keys to the facility were presented to Student Recreation Center Director Ben McGuire and John F. Lipaj by Thomas T. K. Zung, architect, and Art Carter, representative of the general contractor, Mosser Construction Co. in Fremont, OH.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests were directed to the Olympic-sized swimming pool area to take part in a ceremony commemorating the naming of the pool in honor of Dr. Samuel M. Cooper. During his career at BGSU, Dr. Cooper served as chairman of the Health and Physical Education Department and was also the University swim coach.

More than 100 of “Sam’s Swimmers” and divers attended the dedication ceremony, and were identified by orange signs around their necks containing their name, graduation year, and the words “here to dedicate Coach Sam Cooper Pool and real proud of it.” In addition, approximately 10 swimming coaches associated with Dr. Cooper were present.

Through the combined efforts of pledges and contributions from former swimmers and University alumni, the alumni scoreboard in the Cooper Pool area was purchased. About $28,000 in pledges and contributions were raised, allowing the University to purchase a scoreboard that was much more elaborate than what the Student Recreation Center budget would have allowed.

To begin the ceremony President Moore spoke about the importance of the pool from the standpoint of University administration. Next, Albert Dyckes shared his memories as a former student of Dr. Cooper. Tom Stubbs then spoke as a colleague and fellow swimming coach. Finally, Robert Frary spoke on behalf of the alumni and made a presentation of a facsimile of a plaque with the names of the people who donated to the Sam Cooper Scoreboard.

To conclude the ceremony Mr. Dyckes and Mr. Stubbs presented a plaque to Dr. Cooper, and Dr. Cooper gave a short speech. Known for never being at a loss for words, the planning committee noted in the event schedule that “if he [Dr. Cooper] exceeds that time [5 minutes], he will be pushed into the Pool.”

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February Falcon Fitness Activities

Fall in LOVE with FITNESS!

All month long, join us for these great events & programs and get your heart pounding!

POUND® – This Thursday Rockout & Workout!

A cardio jam session inspired by energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums! Using lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Learn more about the workout HERE.

  • February 4 from 8:15-9:00 PM in Studio B
  • FREE for Group X members, $5 for non-member
  • Guest Instructor: Nancy Fisher, certified POUND® Pro

*Get there early, class is limited to 50 participants.

FREE Passport to Fitness Program – Begins February 8

Looking for extra motivation to help you achieve your fitness goals? Join the 4-week Passport to Fitness program and add some fun and adventure to your workout routine. Plus, earn the chance to win great prizes! This challenge is free for all Group X members and current personal training clients and runs from February 8 – March 4.

Participating is as easy as 1,2,3!

  1. Starting February 8, pick up a passport in any of the Group X Studios or Personal Training Office
  2. Earn a “stamp” in your passport for working out! Group X members receive a stamp for every class they attend and personal training clients receive a stamp for each exercise session they complete with their trainer and on their own.
  3. Receive 10 stamps and be entered into a drawing for great raffle prizes such as a free massage.  Top participants with the most stamps win a Falcon Fitness Champ T-Shirt.

WERQ Dance Fitness Class

Bring your friends and enjoy THIS fiercely fun dance fitness class based on pop, rock and hip hop music.

  • Friday, February 19 at 7:00 PM in Studio B
  • FREE for all students, faculty/staff and community members

Themed class: 80’s Cycle

Join Taylor and cycle to the greatest 80s music. Lace up your sneakers, put on your leg warmers and get ready to sweat to the oldies!

  • Wednesday, February 24 from 12:00-12:45 PM in Studio A
  • FREE for Group X members, $5 for non-member

February Personal Training Special!

Looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift? Or are you and a friend trying to get in shape this spring and would like a little extra help? Take advantage of the February promotion and register for a partner personal training package! Package includes a free 30-minute consultation and three one-hour training sessions for two people for only $75. Pair with a significant other, friend, roommate or family member and get in shape together!

Offer valid through February 29. Packages can be purchased at the SRC Welcome Desk. For more information, contact Kali Morgenstern at kalim@bgsu.edu.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Super Bowl Sunday is approaching and fans are starting to gear up for the February 7 game of the Broncos vs. the Panthers. Safe Communities of Wood County reminds all community members that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Below are MVP tips that help get you and your fellow fans home safely on Super Bowl Sunday.

Hosting a Party

  • Make sure all of your guests have designated a sober driver in advance.
  • If intoxicated, help arrange an alternative way home, or have guests stay the night.
  • Serve food and have plenty non-alcoholic beverage at your party.
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the 3rd quarter of the game.
  • Keep the numbers of the local cab companies on hand in case guests need to get home.
  • Take keys away from guests that have had too much to drink.

Attending a Party or Going to a Bar

  • Designate a sober MVP to drive you home after the party.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, make plans to have a friend or family member pick you up, call a cab, or stay the night.
  • Eat before and during the party.
  • Never let friends drive that have had too much to drink.
  • Always buckle up! It’s your best defense while in a car.

Use these MVP fan tips to help enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday and get home safely because Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk!

For More Information:

  • Jerrod Savidge, 419-352-2481
  • Safe Communities Coordinator, Sandy Wiechman
    419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu

Ohio Fatal Traffic Statistics Released

There were 1,106 traffic deaths in 2015 compared with 1,008 in 2014. This total is about 10% more than the previous year.

Just to recap, there were several factors that contributed to the increase in 2015 compared to 2014:

  • The economy improved, gas prices were lower and people drove more.
  • Travel last year increased about 3 percent in Ohio and about 3.4 percent nationally.
  • Gas prices plummeted by at least 30%.
  • Ohio had a bad January and February for traffic deaths.  It leveled off in March and April, then spiked in May, which was the worst May in a decade. August was also the worst in a decade.
  • Overall, we had higher increases in crashes involving pedestrians, bicycles, older drivers, and large trucks.
  • In December, we had 20 pedestrian-related deaths, the highest in 10 years. Many of these deaths occurred at night.
  • However, the majority of traffic deaths in 2015 involved roadway departure, unbelted drivers and passengers, speed, alcohol and young drivers between the ages of 15 and 25.

So far this year, Ohio has had 45 traffic deaths compared to 73 last year. That’s a 38% reduction. No doubt we have been helped by a mild winter, so far.

Of the 2016 fatal crash reports we can access:

  • 12 were in urban areas
  • 24 were in rural areas
  • 2 involved pedestrians
  • 1 involved a motorcycle, and
  • 6 involved commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)
  • I’m sure many of these crashes also involved speeding, unbelted drivers or passengers, alcohol, and young drivers.

The Annual BGSU Climbing Competition is Back!

Attend a fun, low-key, top rope and bouldering competition series. New routes, with new holds are set for each category and there’s t-shirts for all participants!
General Information

    • Date: February 6, 2016
    • Time: Noon – 5:00 PM
    • Registration: Online or in person at the Student Recreation Center or Perry Field House Welcome Desks
    • Cost: $35.00 per climber (limited to the first 45 to register)

Competitive Categories

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Women

Spectator admission is FREE!

See you at the WALL!

For More Information:
Jackie LaFave, Outdoor Program Graduate Assistant
419.372.2146 | jlafave@bgsu.edu
Department of Recreation and Wellness
Division of Student Affairs

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