Lake Erie College Dedicates Parker Hannifin Fitness Center
(Painesville, Ohio) – Lake Erie College recently dedicated the Parker Hannifin Corporation Fitness Center located in the College’s Athletic and Wellness Center in recognition of a $100,000 grant provided by The Parker Hannifin Foundation.
In addition to the Parker Hannifin’s Fitness Center, the $9.5 million Athletic and Wellness Center also includes a competition arena with seating for 750, multi-purpose activity gymnasium, fitness track, two-story atrium, conference room, locker rooms and office suite.
The center, which opened in August of 2004, is used for varsity practices, intramural activities and individual fitness routines by members of the College and Painesville communities. The center is also used as meeting space for various classes and organizations. The Cleveland Cavaliers hosted two overnight camps last summer at the College, with the Athletic and Wellness Center serving as the center for the camp.
“We’re grateful to Parker Hannifin for its generous support of this wonderful facility that benefits the entire campus community,” said President Michael Victor. “Parker has been a great partner of the College, and the company’s generosity to this project demonstrates its commitment to growth and strength of Northeast Ohio.”
Many Lake Erie College alumni are currently employed at Parker, including Dana Dennis ’76, vice president and controller. Dennis was recently named a Distinguished Alumni Award winner, and is also a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. “It’s particularly gratifying to see leading organizations in Northeast Ohio, such as Lake Erie College and Parker, work together as partners to accomplish important goals for our region. Together, we can play an important part in Ohio’s economic development, while helping to ensure we educate and retain the talented future leaders necessary to keep Ohio innovative and growing,” said Dennis.
Several Parker employees are enrolled in the master of business administration degree program at Lake Erie College, taking advantage of Parker’s tuition assistance partnership with the College.
Naming opportunities are still available within the Athletic and Wellness Center. For further information about gifts to this project, contact Scott Evans, vice president of Institutional Advancement, at 440/375-7255.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.