The lobby of the Waldron Athletic Center reflects a long and storied athletic tradition at GMC — trophies dating back to a century ago populate the large, glassed-in display case, and plaques honoring members of the GMC Athletic Hall of Fame are mounted in neat rows on the walls.
James Thivierge, GMC’s sports information director, walks down these hallways every workday. He sees the recent renovations to Waldron’s men’s and women’s locker room and bathroom facilities, made possible by a $200,000 donation from an anonymous donor, as representing respect for the College’s athletic history and a promise to current students.
James was deeply involved during the spring 2016 semester in planning for the renovations, which include upgrades to the faculty/staff locker room and improvements to the Waldron lobby entrance. Among other advantages, the renovations provide two separate locker rooms for both men’s and women’s teams.
“Our old locker rooms had to accommodate multiple teams — for instance, men’s track and lacrosse teams had to share the same locker room in the spring,” James said. “Now we can accommodate multiple teams for men’s and women’s sports.” Athletes will be assigned to new lockers, complete with name placards that, to James’ way of thinking, provide a sense of pride and ownership. “Student athletes spend a lot of time in Waldron, practicing and preparing for games. The new locker rooms will be places they can be proud of, places they can call home.”
Caption: Sports information director James Thivierge shows off ball skills with Ethan Cooper ’17 (left) and Mercedes Rideout ’17 (right) in one of the revamped locker rooms in the Waldron Athletic Center.