Public invited to Nicholls rec center groundbreaking

THIBODAUX – The Bayou Region community is invited to the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center at Nicholls State University, scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, near the corner of Bowie Road and Ardoyne Drive.

With completion expected in 2012, the center will include a cardiovascular exercise room, a strength exercise room, two aerobic exercise rooms and two intramural basketball and volleyball courts with a running track. The center will also create approximately 50 student jobs and require three or four new full-time employees.

“This recreation project will do more to improve the quality of life for our students since Nicholls built her first dormitories in 1963,” Michael Matherne, director of campus recreation, said. “The facility will provide an excellent opportunity for users to balance academics, work and play through a variety of modern and technologically advanced activities. We want our students and the rest of the Nicholls community to embrace a healthy lifestyle utilizing the recreation center.”

Construction and operation of the new 63,000-square-foot facility will be funded with student fees – measures that were previously approved via student referenda.

For additional information about the recreation center, including a video, artist’s renderings and frequently-asked questions, go to

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