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With the snip of a blue and gold ribbon, Canisius formally opened its long-anticipated fitness center to undergraduate and graduate students earlier this week. Housed in the Penfold Commons, the well-appointed facility includes an array of cardio machines, such as treadmills, arc trainers, stationary bicycles, areas for weightlifting and CrossFit training, as well as studio space for classes.  Changing rooms and showers are also available to accommodate students who live off-campus or commute.  

Renovation of the Penfold Commons from a gathering space for students into a fitness center was a $1 million project.  It was made possible through a generous estate gift from Canisius alumnus Robert J. Gareis ’58 and a multiyear commitment from longtime Canisius supporters Richard C. ’68 and Karen Penfold.  The Undergraduate Student Association also contributed $50,000.  

Click here to watch a video from Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Click here to learn more about the new fitness center and the safety protocols put in place to ensure the health and well-being of students.

Submitted by: College Communications