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The state-of-the-art UIS Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony September 26, 2007. The facility includes a 3,000-seat gymnasium capable of expanding to a 4,000-seat performance arena.

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Photos by Sherry Hutson, Diana Nelson, Jeremy Wilburn, and Will Vautrain

 

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UIS celebrated the opening of its new Recreation and Athletic Center with a dedication and ribbon cutting. The Sam Madonia Show broadcast live on SportsRadio 1450-AM from the atrium of TRAC SportsRadio Host Sam Madonia talks with UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. Dr. Chris Miller, vice chancellor of student affairs, kicks off the dedication ceremony in front of a large crowd of campus and community members. Dr. Chris Miller, vice chancellor of student affairs, leads the dedication ceremony for TRAC.
Emmarie Snyder, Aaron Anderson, and Jill Michael stand to be recognized. The student speakers stand to be recognized during the TRACís dedication ceremony. Illinois General Assembly members Rep. Rich Brauer (left) and Rep. Raymond Poe (center) attended the ceremony The crowd applauds Charles and Kay Hoogland for their generous $1 million donation through the Hoogland Family Foundation for the TRACís construction. Bob Skorczewski, president of the Student Government Association, explains what the TRACís opening means to the student body at UIS.
UIS staff and Springfield community members watch the events of the TRAC dedication. Ali Janezic, a third year volleyball player for UIS, tells attendees how thrilled she and other student athletes are to get to practice and play at the TRAC. The crowd listens to Ali Janezic, volleyball player for the Prairie Stars, speak about her first experience playing at the TRAC. JT Timmons, director of recreational sports for UIS, expresses his appreciation and excitement at the TRACís opening. Many UIS campus and Springfield community members gathered outside the new TRAC to take part in the dedication and ribbon-cuttting ceremony.
UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen called the day an "emotional" event. Chancellor Richard Ringeisen speaks to the assembled crowd about how meaningful it is that UIS was able to build such a state-of-the-art facility. Chancellor Richard Ringeisen is flanked by UIS students, staff and supporters as he speaks to the attendees at the dedication ceremony for TRAC. Students, staff and community supporters line up for the ribbon-cutting. Chancellor Richard Ringeisen joins several UIS students in cutting the ribbon for TRAC.
Chancellor Richard Ringeisen joins several UIS students in cutting the ribbon for TRAC. Chancellor Richard Ringeisen laughs with students Ali Janezic and Bob Skorczewski after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Members of the UIS cheerleading squad pose for a picture during the Dedication Picnic following the ceremony. TRAC dedication attendees take some time to tour the new facility. A TRAC student worker signs up a new member after the dedication ceremony.
UIS staff sign up for memberships at the TRAC. Staff, faculty and community members tour the new TRAC, led by JT Timmons, director of recreational sports. Dedication attendees check out one of 17 new televisions throughout the TRAC. Students work out using some of the facilityís new exercise machines. TRAC features a 3,000-seat performance arena with three basketball and volleyball courts, an elevated running track, two racquetball courts, cardio/weight training areas and a multi-purpose exercise room.
UIS Provost Harry Berman poses with Dr. Dyanne Ferk while touring the new facility. The large multi-purpose exercise and aerobics room is one of many features of the TRAC. The elevated running track allows students and staff a unique view of campus. The elevated running track is surrounded by new exercise equipment and huge windows. JT Timmons, director of recreational sports, leads a group, including Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, around the track area.
New features of TRAC include a 3,000-seat performance arena with three collegiate-length basketball and volleyball courts. New features of TRAC include a 3,000-seat performance arena with three collegiate-length basketball and volleyball courts. TRAC features a 3,000-seat performance arena with three basketball and volleyball courts, an elevated running track, two racquetball courts, cardio/weight training areas and a multi-purpose exercise room. Students work out using some of the facilityís new exercise machines. The new $16.2 million Recreation and Athletic Center is located just west of Kiwanis Stadium on the south edge of campus.