Kennesaw State breaks ground on New Student Activity Recreation Center

Groundbreaking for the Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center

Kennesaw State University’s new $38.7-million student recreation and activities center will carry the name of the first woman to lead an institution in the University System of Georgia.

The System’s Board of Regents this week approved the school’s request to name the 176,000-square-foot facility after Betty L. Siegel, who served as KSU’s president from September 1981 until May 2006.

Groundbreaking for the Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center 2

“I am deeply honored to have this new facility named for me,” Siegel said in a statement. “For the 25 years I served as president of KSU, I enjoyed the unwavering support of family, the students, staff and administration at KSU, and this extraordinary community. I share this moment with them all.”

Under Siegel’s leadership, KSU grew from 4,000 students with 15 undergraduate degrees to more than 18,000 students with 55 graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Construction on the center that will bear her name is expected to begin early next year and wrap up by fall 2014.

Among other things, the center will feature an indoor competition swimming pool, an outdoor leisure swimming pool, an outdoor basketball court, four indoor ones, and a multi-activity court large enough to play indoor soccer.

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Also as part of Kennesaw State’s Founders Week festivities celebrating the University’s 50th anniversary, campus officials broke ground Wednesday on a $4.4 million renovation and expansion project.


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