Something to cheer about at Sault College (25 photos)Friday, October 04, 2013 by: Darren Taylor
The Sault College Cougars Cheerleading squad (pictured) kicked off the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sault College’s new Student Health and Wellness Centre Friday.
Among the dignitaries cutting the ribbon at the new, impressive facility were Sault College Students Union President Jordan Borneman, Sault College President Dr. Ron Common, Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti and Sault College Board of Governors Chair Carla Fabbro.
The ceremony was attended by College administration, students, local political leaders as well as figures from the corporate sector and individuals who have helped make the new Centre a reality.
Not only will the Student Health and Wellness Centre, at 45,000 square feet, serve as the new site for Sault College Cougars basketball action, but it also boasts an impressive new 5,000 square feet gymnasium with the latest hi-tech equipment and weights, a two lane indoor track, meeting and study spaces, the Odeno (the new student restaurant) and Common Grounds, a student-operated concession area named after Dr. Common.
Construction of the new $13.2 million complex was achieved through $5 million in provincial funding, $3.9 million from Sault College students and the balance from donations made by community partners to the Sault College Capital Campaign.
Sault College students, in a referendum held by the Sault College Students Union, chose to willingly give up their former meeting space and student government offices to make room for the new facility, and also pledged to pay toward construction of the complex.
Sault College Students Union President Jordan Borneman told SooToday.com each student is paying $100 per school year, as part of student fees, toward the construction cost.
The sacrifice has been worth it, Borneman told us.
Dr. Common told SooToday.com the facility will also serve as a practical, hands-on learning facility for students enrolled in Sault College’s Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant programs.
Dr. Common added: “We’ll be opening the Centre up to members of the public who want to buy memberships in the New Year, but we need to make sure the students needs are met first.”