Monday, September 16, 2013

Student Fitness Center - Close to College Courtyard

From the Reno Gazette Journal:

The E. L. Wiegand Foundation announced today it is making an $8 million gift to build a four-story student fitness center at the University of Nevada, Reno set to open in late 2016.
The fitness center will boost the university’s ability to attract and retain students, UNR president Marc Johnson said.

“As a university, we are developing and investing in our state’s human capital,” Johnson said. “The E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center will greatly contribute to the competitiveness of this university. “

In addition to the Wiegand Foundation’s gift and other potential private funding, the university is considering charging user fees to support the construction and operation of the new student fitness center. The facility also will be open to faculty and staff.

The 110,000-square-foot facility will be built on the parking lot along the 15th Street entrance to the campus, just south of the Lawlor Events Center.

The fitness center design includes areas for weightlifting, training and numerous fitness classes and activities, plus an indoor 1/8th mile running track.

The center will have three full-court gymnasiums for basketball, volleyball, tennis and other indoor-court sports.

“There is a tremendous amount of research and data that connects student fitness levels to improved cognitive function, academic performance, social networks and engagement on campus, plus a decrease in stress and anxiety,” said Jim Fitzsimmons, UNR’s director of campus recreation and wellness.

Surveys have shown that as many as 30 percent of students based their selection of a college or university on the fitness and wellness resources available, said Fitzsimmons, whose doctoral thesis was on the role of student recreation centers in the recruitment and retention of undergraduate students,.

He said up to 75 percent of students say recreation and fitness facilities contributed to their decision to remain at an institution until graduation.

The E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center will nearly triple the space dedicated to fitness and recreation at UNR. The existing Lombardi Recreation Center was meant primarily to support physical education programs when it opened in 1974. Back then, UNR’s enrollment was about 4,000 students compared to the more than 18,000 students on campus today.

Once the new fitness center opens, Lombardi Recreation will continue to support academic programming and intramural sports, plus serve as the training site for the women’s swimming and diving team, UNR officials said.

The plan is to renovate the gymnasiums and use them for additional training space for other Wolf Pack Athletics programs such as basketball or volleyball.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

College Courtyard Apartments - September 2013 Newsletter


The owners and management of the College Courtyard Apartments want to welcome you home for the fall semester at the University of Nevada. We hope you enjoy your time here at the College Courtyard and that it becomes a memorable part of your college experience.

Nevada Football Schedule

UC Davis                      September 7
Florida State                 September 14
Hawaii                          September 21
Air Force                      September 28

Women’s Volleyball Schedule

Illinois State                 September 6
Weber                          September 7
Grand Canyon              September 7    
Cal State Fullerton         September 13
Texas Tech                   September 13
Montana                       September 14
Idaho                            September 20
Washington State          September 20
Seattle University          September 21
UNLV                            September 26
San Diego State            September 28
Colorado Sate              October 3

(Home games in bold)

Message from Michelle Kich

As manager of the College Courtyard Apartments, I look forward to a great new school year. I enjoy being around students and take great pride in all of your achievements. I feel that this is the beginning of the rest of your life and what you do here at the University of Nevada will be the ground work for your future accomplishments. The office door is always open so feel free to visit me if you have a problem or need assistance. Office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. The office phone number is 786-1150.

Interesting Fact: The use of the word "rat" as an insult goes back to the 16th century.

Win a Ride in a Hot Air Balloon

All residents of the College Courtyard Apartments may enter our drawing for a free ride in a balloon during the Great Reno Balloon Race. Get your entry from Michelle. The drawing will be held September 2th. The ride will be on Thursday September 5th at 6:15am. Even if you don’t win, don’t forget to attend this year’s race. If you have never seen the Dawn Patrol it is worth getting up early to see.

Interesting Fact: More than 97% of all e-mail traffic is spam.

Need More Storage Space?

The College Courtyard has storage lockers available for rent for only $25 per month. The 4’ by 5’ lockers are located on the second and third floors. These storage lockers are a great place to store skis, bicycles, or camping equipment. See Michelle for more information.

Interesting Fact: The skin that peels off after a sun burn is called "blype."

Be a Good Neighbor

The goal of all of the residents of the College Courtyard Apartments is to achieve a quality education at the University of Nevada. An atmosphere that is conducive for studying is imperative. Please be considerate of your roommates and neighbors and keep noise to a minimum. We will not tolerate loud parties on the Courtyard or in the apartments and will take appropriate action against those residents who violate the noise rules.

No Smoking

The College Courtyard Apartments are non-smoking student residences. Smoking is prohibited in the apartments, on the walkways, balconies and the courtyard.

Follow Us on Twitter

The College Courtyard Apartments has a Twitter account. Follow our tweets at

Reserved Parking

Only residents may park in the garage and only in their assigned spaces. Cars that are parked in spaces not assigned to them will be booted and there is an $80 fee to remove the boot. If someone is in your assigned parking space call 691-8290 and a boot will be placed on the car.

Interesting Fact: Experts say people have an average of 150 friends.

Look Both Ways

It is very important that all of you be careful when crossing Sierra Street. Even though the crosswalk is well marked many drivers are speeding or not paying attention to pedestrians.

For Your Safety

The safety of our residents is of the highest priority. The College Courtyard Apartments are under 24-hour video surveillance and all entrances are gated. You can do your part to make sure the College Courtyard Apartments are a secure and safe place to live. Never give your key or garage transmitter to others. Please report any damage or repairs that may be necessary to maintain safe conditions. That would include lights out in the common areas, parking garage, stairwells, front entrance and laundry rooms.

Interesting Fact: About 15% of the world's wine bottles have screw caps.

Please Don’t Drink and Drive

We want to remind all of our students not to drink and drive. Don’t ruin your life with a DUI or worse a fatal car accident by drinking and driving. Call a cab, get a designated driver who will not drink or walk home. The life you may be saving could be your own.

City of Reno Party Ordinance

The Reno City Council approved the Social Host ordinance to provide criminal and administrative penalties for disruptive parties, and to help reduce underage drinking and related issues. The City will issue the property owner a citation and fine if a party is conducted that requires the Reno police to make a visit. As your leases clearly do not allow disruptive parties at the College Courtyard we should not have a problem. Please keep in mind,  however, that your leases clearly state that if we are fined by the City of Reno for a disruptive party we will pass the fine and an administrative penalty on the offending residents.