McKeesport, PA. – As preparations for the 2018-2019 academic season get underway at Penn State Greater Allegheny, a new feature on campus will allow student-athletes to train for the upcoming athletic season. Penn State Greater Allegheny has received a gift to support a brand new, state-of-the-art Strength & Conditioning room.
The gift comes from Penn State McKeesport alumnus, Regis Becker, who recently retired from his post as chief ethics and compliance officer for the University. Becker is an avid weightlifter, as an active member of the USA Weightlifting Program who has coached nationally in the sport of weightlifting
Penn State Greater Allegheny has always been a big part of Becker’s life. The campus gave him an opportunity to pursue a college education and begin his journey to graduating from Penn State in 1978 with a degree in Law Enforcement. Becker went on to work as an Allegheny County Pennsylvania detective, an FBI special agent, and the chief compliance officer for PPG Industries before accepting the position of chief ethics and compliance officer at Penn State five years ago.
The gift of the weight room equipment is one of the many ways that Becker has given back to the campus that gave him an opportunity to grow. In December, 2017 Becker and his wife, Barbara, established the Barbara and Regis Becker Open Doors Scholarship at Penn State Greater Allegheny, committing $30,000 to give more students the opportunity at higher education. The gift was matched 2:1 through the University’s Open Doors Scholarship Program.
The new weight room features five Olympic lifting racks complete with a bench, men’s and women’s barbells, pull up bars, and dip attachments. Each of the five racks will be stocked with plates ranging in weight from 2.5 pounds to 55 pounds. There are plans in the works to add additional equipment including a flipping tire and ropes to enhance the student-athletes training experience.
Located right next to the gymnasium inside the Wunderley Gym, the Strength & Conditioning room will be open to all students from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday once the school year has begun. The first athletic competition for PSUGA will be on September 8, 2018 when the men’s soccer team takes on Regent University at 4 p.m. and the women’s volleyball team takes on Penn State Mont Alto at 2 p.m.
This gift will advance "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence," a focused campaign that seeks to elevate Penn State’s position as a leading public university in a world defined by rapid change and global connections. With the support of alumni and friends, “A Greater Penn State” seeks to fulfill the three key imperatives of a twenty-first-century public university: keeping the doors to higher education open to hardworking students regardless of financial well-being; creating transformative experiences that go beyond the classroom; and impacting the world by fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more about “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” visit greaterpennstate.psu.edu.