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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's about Preston Center Memberships:

Question: Should I choose to take out a membership, am I locked into a year contract?

Answer: If you chose payroll deduction, the answer is “NO”. You can stop and start at anytime. If you pay lump sum, the answer is “YES”. The Preston Center does not prorate or refund membership fees.

NOTE: Only full-time benefit employees are eligible for payroll deduction.

Question: I do not want to join, but my spouse/children do. Will I have to take a membership out in order for them to join?

Answer: No. We have “family only” memberships. If you are having payroll deduction, please indicate “family only” on the application.

Question: Where can my spouse/child park when they use the Preston Center?

Answer: Effective 8-15-2009 Preston Center members not employed by the University or a current student can purchase a “Preston Only” parking permit for $10 a semester. This permit must be purchased at Parking and Transportation. Preston Center permits are valid in the following locations for the designated time of day and time limit:

Jones Jaggers, Service Supply, Russellville Road

7:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Maximum 2 hour time limit

Parking Meters located on Regents Drive or in front of Diddle Arena

6:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Maximum 2 hour time limit

Mimosa or Gated Regents

4:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Maximum 2 hour time limit

Question: Are there lockers available?

Answer: Currently, there are both full and Z-style lockers available in the Women’s Faculty/Staff locker room. There are Z-style lockers available in the Men’s Faculty/Staff locker room with a waiting list for the full-size lockers. We also has several complimentary “day use” lockers throughout the facility.

Question: What are your hours of operation?

Answer: You can check our website www.wku.edu/IMRec for daily hours of operation and events. We also have printed business cards located at the front desk for your convenience.

Question: My son/daughter is 20 but still lives at home; can I include him/her on my payroll deduction?

Answer: Yes, but it would be for a “Buddy Rate” based on your pay period.

Question: My child will be starting WKU in the Spring/Fall, will he/she automatically be dropped from my payroll?

Answer: No. Our system does not indicate when members’ children become full-time students. It is the responsibility of the member to inform us in writing to make changes to their payroll deduction.

Question: Do you have to pay extra to use the pool or go to the Group Fitness classes?

Answer: No. The only extra fees that member’s pay is for specialty services such as racquet rentals; massages; personal training; instructional programs, etc….

Question: Can my partner/fiancé be included in my payroll deduction?

Answer: Yes – he/she would pay the same amount as you.

Question: I am a student/spouse of a police officer/alumni/etc… as well an employee; can’t I just take out that category of membership?

Answer: No, employment status overrides all other categories you may fall into.

Question: How do I gain access into the facility?

Answer: All members must have an ID to enter the building.  Only current WKU Faculty/Staff and students may use their WKU 800#'s.  All others will be assigned a Preston Only 500#.  There is a $10 charge for all new Preston Center ID's.  A $20 replacement fee will be charged for all lost Preston Only ID's.  This cost is the University standard for replacement ID's..

Question: I am a recent graduate and still have my old ID with my 800# on it; can I use that to gain access to the facility?

Answer: No. Only current students and faculty/staff members my use ID’s with 800#’s. If you are not a current student or faculty/staff member, the Intramural-Recreational Sports office will assign you a “Preston Only” member ID #. That number will start with 500.

Question: Can I bring a guest with me?

Answer: Yes, Guest Passes can be purchased for $5 per visit. You will be responsible for your guest throughout the visit.

Question: What if I don’t want to take out a membership, but would like to work out occasionally?

Answer: Current faculty/staff /part-time students can purchase a pass for $5 per visit with their WKU ID.

Question: My son is twelve; can he work out in the Fitness Center or use the Fitness Equipment in the Mezzanine?

Answer: No, the age limit for the Fitness Center/Fitness Equipment in the Mezzanine is fourteen.

Question: My eleven year old daughter would like to hire a personal trainer; can she do that through the Health & Fitness lab?

Answer: No, the age limit for Health & Fitness lab services is fourteen.

Question: What are the “peak” student times?

Answer: During the Fall and Spring Semester, the peak “student” times are generally from 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Monday – Thursday.

Contact Information:

For more information regarding memberships and/or questions about our services offered, please contact our Office Coordinator, Becky Sims, at (270) 745-6061 or visit the Intramural-Recreational Sports offic located on the second floor of the Raymond B. Preston Health and Activities Center.

WKU ID Card Information:

All members must have an ID to enter the building.  Only current WKU Faculty/Staff and students may use their WKU 800#'s.  All others will be assigned a Preston Only 500#.  There is a $10 charge for all new Preston Center ID's.  A $20 replacement fee will be charged for all lost Preston Only ID's.  This cost is the University standard for replacement ID's.

Parking Information:

Preston Center members who are not enrolled as students and are not employed by the university are eligible to purchase a Preston Center parking permit at a fee of $10.00 per semester. (Fall Semester, Spring semester, and Summer semester). The parking permits must be purchased at WKU Parking and Transportation. For further details regarding “Preston Only” parking permits, please contact Parking and Transportation at (270) 745-2361

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