By REN BISHOP
Columbia College will name its new fitness facility for Cougar Club founding members.
The new fitness center will be named the Gene and Fran Koepke Fitness Center after the two founding members of the Cougar Club and Scholarship Fund. The association helps provide financial support to Cougar athletics through season tickets sales, memberships and donations, according to its website.
“We’re having an open house after the ceremony,”Assistant Athletic Director Cindy Fotti said. “People will have the opportunity to take tours or just look around and see what the facility has to offer.”
The Koepkes have been recognized before for their generosity, according to a news release from Columbia College.
In 1996, the couple received the Athletic Director’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cougar Athletics. During the 2006 and 2007 volleyball seasons, they were honorary coaches on the sidelines of the NAIA Volleyball tournament. The couple was also inducted into the Columbia College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008, according to the release.
“We are truly grateful and appreciate very much the Koepke’s loyalty and depth of support not only for our athletic program but for the college as a whole,” Columbia College President Dr. Gerald Brouder said in the release.
The new fitness center is 4,600 square feet, Fotti said. The celebration will be held in conjunction with Homecoming and Family Day activities on campus, according to the release. The fitness center will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 at the college.