New $1.9 Million Fitness Center at Fordham University; Hub for Student Fitness, Nutrition

Oct 25, 2012, 13:03 ET from Sodexo at Fordham University

BRONX, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With renovations now complete at the McGinley Fitness Center, Fordham University students have access to a state-of-the-art recreation facility on campus. The $1.9 million project, formerly the Ramskellar, was a longtime vision of Father Joseph M. McShane, president of the university. 

The new 7,800 s/f gym designed by Jack Gordon Architects features a complete line of cardio equipment with individual flat screen televisions, fitness class studios, a weight room and stretch zone. The facility is partnering with Sodexo at Fordham University and the on-campus registered dietician to provide a comprehensive approach to wellness.

Sarah Longley Bickford is Coordinator of Fitness and Recreation for McGinley Fitness Center. With over 16 years in the fitness industry, she manages campus facility and organizes group exercise classes.

"The balance of fitness and nutrition in everyone's daily life is something I strive to teach," said Bickford. "I am overjoyed at the endless possibilities the new McGinley Fitness Center has for group fitness and I look forward to sharing my experience and education with the Fordham University community."

Michael Roberts is Assistant Director of Athletics for Club Sports and Recreation and will oversee the new McGinley Fitness Center and its staff. Prior to that, Roberts was the Coordinator of Club Sports and Intramurals, managing fourteen student-run club teams and 4500 annual intramural participants.

Before moving into administration, Roberts was a 20-year rowing coach at the college and high school levels, achieving competitive success in the states of New York, Florida and California. Roberts was a 4-year oarsman at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA where he studied American History.

"Among all the amenities included in the McGinley Fitness Center, I am most enthusiastic about a broadened group fitness program and sound nutritional support," said Roberts. "The opportunity to entice faculty, staff and alumni into participating in fitness and wellness has literally jumped off the scale."

Students and athletes using the McGinley Fitness Center are able to tap into Jeanne Molloy, a Registered Dietitian with Sodexo who is a member of the Fordham Dining Services team. She works with students to meet their nutritional needs for weight loss, weight gain, sports nutrition and food allergies or intolerances.  

"Nutrition must be a core component of any fitness regimen," said Molloy. "The path to proper nutrition is not always clear to students and student athletes. It's a unique opportunity to provide that counsel on the spot at McGinley Fitness Center."  

Molloy's extensive food and nutrition experience includes working with the USDA Child and Adult Nutrition Programs; providing individual and group counseling to diverse populations in Adult Medical Daycare, hospitals, private practice settings and previous board member of The Friends Health Connection, a non-profit organization that has a national network of health and wellness services. 

SOURCE Sodexo at Fordham University