At the start of the spring semester, the Division of Student Affairs and Recreational Sports will launch a pilot program to test the feasibility of offering a paid faculty and staff membership to the McComas Hall recreational facility.

McComas Hall opened to students in 1998 with 61,000 square feet of recreation space. As a result of the ever-increasing popularity of recreation, the facility was expanded by 26,000 square feet in 2010. Following the expansion, approximately 140 additional pieces of cardio equipment and 70 pieces of strength training equipment were added to the facility, making it possible to consider offering its use to university faculty and staff for the first time.

During the test program, memberships will be available to 250 full-time faculty and/or staff on a first-come, first-serve basis. To receive a membership, one must sign up online at the Recreational Sports website. Registration begins Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 a.m.

The membership fee will be $129 for the 2012 spring semester which starts Monday, Jan. 16 and ends on Friday, May 11. Online registration will be on the Recreational Sports website and will begin on Friday, Dec. 16. Registration will close once the 250 person limit is reached. Only credit and debit card payments will be accepted.

Full-time faculty or staff members are invited to visit and use the facilities in McComas Hall Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 7 a.m. to midnight, and Thursday, Dec. 15, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

McComas Hall offers a 25-yard, eight-lane swimming pool; spin cycling room; weight training areas; cardio areas; basketball and volleyball courts; fitness studios; indoor elevated jogging track; shuffleboard, pool, and table tennis; and locker and shower facilities.

The pool will be open on today from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Beginning Jan. 16, 2012, McComas Hall will open 30 minutes earlier, at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Facility hours for the weekend will remain the same: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight.

McComas Hall will be closed during spring break, March 3 to 11. Special Events may occasionally limit access to areas of the facility during the spring semester.

For further information on this pilot membership study visit the Recreational Sports website.

Written by Alyse Rudy, of Stafford, Va., a second-year MBA student in the Pamplin College of Business.