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Reynolds Gym to be open during Thanksgiving Break

Reynolds Gym

Reynolds Gym will be open throughout the Thanksgiving Break.

The hours of operation, posted on the Campus Recreation web site, will be as follows:

  • Nov. 22, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 23-25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to midnight

Joe Cassidy, executive director of campus fitness and recreation, said faculty and staff may acquire guest passes for family and friends who want to join them at the gym during the Thanksgiving Break.

“Not only would we like to remind faculty and staff that they can bring guests with them to Reynolds Gym & Sutton Center with the purchase of a $5 a day guest pass, but one hundred percent of the proceeds of the sale of guest passes Nov. 22 to 26 will be donated to the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund,” Cassidy said.

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Reynolds Gym 'sneak peek' offered to faculty and staff

This message was emailed to faculty and staff on Aug. 1 by Communications and External Relations, on behalf of Joe Cassidy, executive director of campus fitness and recreation:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

After more than a year of watching Reynolds Gym’s transformation from the outside, faculty and staff have a chance to go inside August 17 for an exclusive “sneak peek.”

In Campus Recreation, we are holding the special event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. entirely for you.  We encourage you to walk through the gym’s front door that day and see all that’s new.  It’s an opportunity to walk throughout the Phase II of Reynolds Gym before it opens on August 24 for the entire campus community. (Phase III is scheduled to be completed March 2018.)

Combined with the already opened Sutton Center, Phase II will offer exceptional facilities, equipment and programs.

What will you find once you walk through that door?  Exactly what faculty and staff have wanted to see for quite some time.

More fitness and weight equipment has been on the campus community’s “wish list” and that will be there.  Reynolds Phase II has five fitness areas with almost 19,000 square feet of fitness and weight equipment.  Not only is the amount of equipment almost triple what was previously available in the Miller Fitness Center, but it is all new, state-of-the-art equipment with integrated technology.

And, there is much more.  Phase II also offers a bouldering and climbing wall, beautiful locker and shower facilities, the Student Health Service, the Office of Wellbeing and comfortable lounge space including a 3,000-square-foot living room.

Memberships are complimentary for all benefits eligible Wake Forest University faculty and staff.  Memberships are available for other members of the campus community including spouses, partners and adult dependent children.

Additionally, not only will Campus Recreation continue to offer group fitness classes at incredibly reasonable rates, but a dedicated functional training area will offer personal training and small group training.

Reynolds and Sutton will have convenient hours so that faculty and staff can enjoy use of the facilities and equipment from early morning to late evening.

Information about hours, memberships, group fitness classes, personal and small group training, lockers and other details are all available on Campus Recreation’s web page.

We look forward to seeing all who will have the opportunity to visit August 17.  If you have any questions in advance, contact at us x5838.

Joe Cassidy
Executive Director, Campus Fitness & Recreation

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News about Reynolds Gym's transformation

The following message is sent on behalf of Joe Cassidy, executive director for campus fitness and recreation:

Construction continues on phase two of the Reynolds Gym renovation on the campus of Wake Forest University on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Reynolds Gym, July 2016

A fully transformed Reynolds Gym is closer than we originally expected, thanks to a recent change in the construction project’s schedule. The entire project is now expected to be finished by March 2018, approximately six months early.  That means all of the facility will be available for students, faculty and staff earlier than we once expected.  And, the University will realize significant cost savings with the new schedule.

The project is broken into three phases.  Phase I was completed with the opening of the Sutton Center.  Phase II is under construction and will be completed in August 2017, as originally planned.  The phase will bring significant space for fitness and weight training, new locker rooms and new offices for the Office of Wellbeing.

Phase III will bring even more, including an expanded indoor pool, new pool area locker rooms, new group exercise areas, new varsity volleyball locker and training spaces, an improved Varsity Gym, new offices for Campus Recreation (including intramurals), and some classrooms.

Work on Phase III will begin August 1, bringing about immediate changes for gym users.  The pool will be closing down on Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m.  All remaining areas of the gym will close on July 31, with the exception of Sports Medicine and the varsity soccer locker rooms, which will close next January 2017.

The Phase III-related closings will affect all remaining Campus Recreation office and club areas, classrooms, the Varsity Gym, the pool, faculty/staff locker rooms and the faculty/staff fitness room. Campus Recreation staff have moved to the lower level of the Sutton Center.  Parking Lot L (between the Manchester Athletic Center and Reynolds Gym) will also close, but a sidewalk will be maintained between Manchester and Reynolds Gym to permit access to the Miller Center

The Sutton Center will continue current operations and hours. The current fitness area on the first floor of the Miller Center will continue to be available to students, faculty and staff.  Also open will be the Miller Center’s group fitness studio on the fourth floor.

While construction is underway, limited locker and shower facilities will be available in the restrooms on the 4th floor of the Miller Center and lower level of the Benson Center.

Campus Recreation recognizes that the construction of this wonderful facility will bring about temporary inconveniences for our campus community.  In the long run, we will all have a facility that will serve students, faculty and staff for many years to come with amenities on a level we have never experienced in past years.

Office of Communications and External Relations

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Cassidy named executive director for campus fitness, recreation

Joe Cassidy has been named as the inaugural executive director for campus fitness and recreation.  He joins the University’s staff April 11.joe cassidy

“The position was created, in part, to provide leadership to make the renovated Reynolds Gym a world-class recreation center and hub for wellbeing on campus,” announced Penny Rue, vice president for campus life.

As executive director, Cassidy’s responsibilities include providing visionary leadership, supervision and management of campus recreation facilities and programs, including intramural sports, club sports, outdoor programs and aquatics.  He will play a central role in developing creative, state-of-the-art programs and services that benefit the campus community.

As an executive director, he will serve as a member of the Campus Life leadership team.

Most recently, Cassidy served for five years as director of the Rensselaer Union at Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, where his responsibilities included the supervision of recreation.

“He served for 10 years in progressive, student-centered leadership positions at Dartmouth University, where he also led the oldest and most extensive outdoor education program in the country,” Rue said.

Earlier, Cassidy served for 13 years as director of the LaFortune Center and student activities at the University of Notre Dame.  He also held positions at Lehigh and Eastern Illinois universities.

Cassidy received a Bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine University, a Master’s degree at Eastern Illinois and a MBA degree at Notre Dame.

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