Renovated Student Activities Center more welcoming to students, community

By Janel Shoun on 8/16/2011

The SAC after the recent renovation of the gymnasium.

Details of the new SAC facility

Photos from SAC Grand Opening

Grand Opening schedule, Sept. 8


SAC grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 8

The Student Activities Center will open its doors on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. Lipscomb students, employees, members and the community can attend the grand opening ceremony and guided tours of the facility from 4-5 p.m.

Participants will be guided through the new lounge, weight room, aerobics room, spinning studio and gym floor. Campus recreational staff will also update participants of the new facility policies and programs.

Following the tour everyone will be invited to participate in the master class from 5-6:30 p.m. At the master class participants will get to sample all of Lipscomb’s group fitness classes and meet all group fitness instructors. Fitness classes include: Zumba, hip hop, Spinning, martial arts and more.

At 6:30 p.m. the gym floor will be open for intramural sport competitions. Basketball, volleyball, wallyball and racquetball will all be set up to play.

All who want to learn more about the new weight and cardio machines are encouraged to attend the machine weight orientation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The weight room will open for anyone who wants to work out on their own starting at 7:30 p.m.

The SAC will close at 10 p.m. and reopen with normal operating hours at 5:30 a.m. the following morning.


  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. Faculty/Staff Welcome and Tour
  • 3:30- p.m. Grand Opening Ceremony
  • 4-5 p.m. Tour & Visit Campus Rec Program Booths (Lots of give-a-ways)
  • 5-6:30 p.m. Master Class
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cardio and Machine Weight Orientation- Come and meet all LU’s personal trainers as they teach you how to use all the new machine weight and cardio equipment.
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pro’s v. Joe’s Fitness Test- Compare your vertical jump, sprint, and agility to Lipscomb’s five-star athletes.
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Intramural Competition- For every 10 minutes of play participants will receive a ticket to put their name in a drawing to win prizes! Basketball, Volleyball Wallyball, Racquetball (Beat the Dean!)
  • 7:30-10 p.m. Weight room open
  • 10 p.m. SAC closes


Renovated Student Activities Center more welcoming to students, community

The Student Activities Center (SAC) has always offered plenty of healthy fitness opportunities for the Lipscomb community, but after this summer, it will offer those fitness options in style!

A $600,000 renovation this summer will bring new chic to the fitness center with an enlarged lobby area, new floors, new TVs, additional space and all new exercise equipment.
The SAC is used for student intramurals and various community fitness
programs and tournaments
(photo prior to renovation).
“I think members and visitors to the SAC will be really impressed with the improvements,” said Emily Harris, director of campus recreation. “Now our facilities really match the quality programs we are providing through personal training, group exercise classes, special opportunities like Adventure Boot Camp or martial arts and intramural programs.”
The renovation also makes this fall the perfect time to check out the community memberships and group fitness programs available to community members. One-month, four-month and one-year memberships are available for community members as well as per-class pricing on group exercise classes including Spinning®, Zumba, hip hop and aerobics.
Students, alumni, faculty and staff, and families of Lipscomb employees can take advantage of price discounts for specific fitness services and memberships.
The Student Activities Center offers a work-out experience in a Christian environment with convenient early and late hours for the working crowd. The facility includes racquetball courts, a cardio and weight room, an aerobics room, a Spinning studio, a walking track and gymnasium. Additional exercise equipment will be available throughout the facility.
Both students and community members can also take advantage of personal training, nutrition courses and wellness consultations.
Located adjacent to the SAC is the Lipscomb Racquet Club, based in the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center. The center was also improved this summer with the completion of the locker rooms, said Harris. The Lipscomb Racquet Club offers students and the community programs for youngsters and adults, cardio tennis, tournaments, social events and private lessons.
Memberships for community members range from $135 to $625 for individuals or families depending on time frame. Discounted memberships are available for students, alumni, campus school students and their families, members of the Green Hills YMCA and Lipscomb faculty and staff.
The renovation is expected to be complete by early September, but group fitness classes are tentatively scheduled to begin Aug. 29. Contact Emily Harris at 966.5851 for more information on the renovation and various membership prices for both the Student Activities Center and the Lipscomb Racquet Club.
Facility hours, membership prices and group fitness prices are also available at and Everyone may try out his or her first group fitness class for free.
Click here for a schedule of the group fitness classes.
The SAC offers a convenient indoor walking track
(photo prior to renovation).