1969 Colvin Center opens

In spring of 1965 students approved an additional fee to help construct a physical education and recreation building that was completed in 1969.

First called the Colvin Physical Education Center, it was named in honor of Valerie Colvin, OSU’s longtime director of physical education (see additional photo), considered legendary for her work in helping organize and implement women’s athletic programs both locally and nationally. She worked only six months at the center before her retirement.

The 127,000 square foot building was completed at a total expense of $3.3 million, 52 percent of which was funded by a self-imposed student tax. The center was so popular among the growing student population that an annex was soon built in 10 years.

A student-funded 23 million dollar renovation project in 2004 increased the size of the facility to 240,000 square feet and included a new outdoor pool, additional four court gym, new fitness and locker rooms, a multipurpose activity gym and a four lane indoor jogging track.