Reaves Student Activities Center Dedication

Date:  September 6 - 7, 2013

Time:  9 am - 9 pm

Summary:  WSSU will celebrate the opening of the new Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center with a ribbon cutting and dedication beginning Friday, September 6, 2013.


The ribbon cutting and dedication for the Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center will be a two-day affair beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 6, at the entrance of the new building on the campus of Winston-Salem State University and culminating with a series of events in the Center on Saturday, September 7, starting with a 5k Kick-Off at 7 a.m.

Friday, September 6th

  9:00 am        Ribbon Cutting/ Dedication and Portrait Unveiling (DJR Plaza)
10:00 am        Building Tours (DJR Plaza)
  2:00 pm        Carnival and Junkanoo (DJR Plaza)
  3:00 pm        Festival Activities (DJR Plaza)
  3:30 pm        Fun Tours/Live Entertainment/Giveaways/Games and much more (DJR)
  6:00 pm        End of Day One

Saturday, September 7th

  7:00 am       5K Kick-off/ Registration and Warm-up (DJR Plaza)
  8:00 am       5K Walk-Run
10:00 am       Mini Health Fair (DJR 3rd Floor)
11:00 am       Zumbathon (UREC Gym)
12:30 pm       Enjoy Smoothies, Yogurt Shots and Other Treats!
  7:00 pm       Yard Fest/Concert

Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center

The September 6 events, which are free and open to the public, include a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, a portrait unveiling, free food, fun tours, musical performances, a zumba demonstration, games, giveaways, basketball shooting contests, and weight room events.

The lineup of events on September 7 will be highlighted with a 5k Kick-Off (run or walk) that begins at 7 a.m. and a Zumbathon (which begins at 11 a.m.) in the Center’s gymnasium. The public, especially WSSU faculty, staff and students, is particularly urged to participate in these fun-filled events. Other events include a Mini Health Fair which will feature parfait, smoothie and power bar stations, and a juice bar and fresh fruit.  The fair will also include fitness assessment and analysis, an orientation, health screenings, fitness test and more by the WSSU School of Health Sciences. The series of events will culminate with live music and a Greek step show billed as Yard Fest.

The center is a combination of a student union and a recreational facility. The $25 million facility is approximately 95,000 square-feet and has three levels.

The first floor consists of the food court, dining area, a multi-purpose gymnasium, which includes two basketball courts and an equipment check-out area.  The food court will host four vendors, which include: Subway, Topio's Pizza, Burger Studio and Popeye's Chicken. The dining area will be larger than the existing one in the Ram Shack. There is an additional courtside dining area that gives a direct view of the basketball courts. This allows students to interact and watch basketball while eating.

Several Student Affairs administration offices and Campus Activities Board offices, which were in the Thompson Center, are relocated to the second floor of the new facility. The second floor also has a lounge with a fireplace, locker rooms, game rooms and a space available for a future barber/beauty salon. The third floor contains a commuter lounge, two group exercise rooms and a running track.

Each level of this new facility has a fitness area. The facility will have a separate area for lifting weights, cardio and fitness evaluation, compared to the current fitness center in the Thompson Center, which has a capacity level for just 15 students. The first floor will have a capacity for 95 students, the second floor a capacity for 55 students and the third floor, a capacity for 22 students.

The center features a long staircase that runs from the first floor up to the third. There are several entrances to the building with doors to enter from each level. The building is connected to the breezeway of the Thompson Center and will have a seating area outside where students can socialize and interact.

The building is filled with large windows, making it easy to see what students are doing in other rooms and on other floors. There are great views inside and outside as well. From the jogging track on the third floor, there is a view as far as the Winston Tower in downtown Winston-Salem on one side. On the other side is a view beyond Bowman Gray field house and other landscapes. Looking over the railings of the track is the multi-purpose gymnasium on the first floor.

Categories:  Arts and Events, Health and Wellness, Student, Sports

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