FAQ Mathy Center
The Mathy Center - General Questions
What do I need to get in and use the facility?
Viterbo users are required to present their current student or employee or alumni I.D. to scan at the Mathy Center welcome desk.
What if I did not bring my I.D.?
The recreational sports staff are asked to enforce the I.D. rule for all users. Here's why we follow that system...
- Your safety
- In the event that something happens to you, we can assist you properly if your I.D. is with you. The Mathy Center is a popular place and we want to make sure all who enter are here for the right reasons.
- Your investment
- Viterbo fitness and sports equipment are paid for by Viterbo student fees and we are in charge with granting use to approved users only.
- Your convenience
- 50,000+ people come through this door each year. Although our staff is great, we cannot possibly remember everyone’s face. Having your current I.D. will ensure your entry.
- Your needs
- Accurate tracking of all our users helps us plan for the future of Viterbo recreation. By knowing our users and their needs, we will be better able to serve you.
When can I bring my family to use the Mathy Center?
Currently, family members fall under the existing guest policy for the Mathy Center. The university reviews these policies each year and is responsible for making the decisions on granting other users access to the facility.
I am a student but my friend is not. Is there a way my friend can work out with me? May I bring a guest to the Mathy Center?
Guests are welcome at the Mathy Center. Review the existing guest policy for the Mathy Center. The university reviews these policies each year and is responsible for making the decisions on granting other users access to the facility.
Who is responsible for the operation of the Mathy Center?
Opened on Sept. 12, 2005, the Amie L. Mathy Center for Recreation and Education is a facility constructed for the benefit of Viterbo University and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse and their constituents. Programs for each entity are created and administered by the respective programs. The supervision, maintenance, and security of the facility is the responsibility of Viterbo University, specifically, the recreational sports department.
Can I ask a recreational staff/employee to watch my belongings while I work out?
We request that you make arrangements to store your items in a locker, on your person, or within eyesight so you can "guarantee" you know where they are at all times. Our staff do a great job supervising the facility and equipment, but we can not take responsibility for your personal items.
Where is the official lost and found for the Mathy Center?
The lost and found is located at the Mathy Center welcome center (front desk). Although some items may be left in the facility, we cannot assure you that we will pick them up before someone else does. Items will be left at the welcome center for a minimum of one week, but generally longer than that. Once or twice a semester, we empty the lost and found and donate the goods to the local Goodwill.
What amenities are available in the Mathy Center?
The Mathy Center provides users access to a fitness center, indoor track, a multi-purpose room, locker rooms, and gymnasium. The Mathy Center also offers a variety of equipment for users to check out for use and houses the department of recreational sports programs. These programs include, but are not limited to intramurals, group fitness, and special events. More information on specific programs
What are the peak hours and when can I avoid the crowds?
Facility peak usage hours are usually Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 3–8 p.m. The Mathy Center suggests using the facility in the early mornings or late evenings to avoid crowds.
Why does the Mathy Center have to close periodically throughout the year?
The Mathy Center will be closed during university holidays or other occasions when the entire university closes. The facility may close on occasion for necessary maintenance or deep cleanings as well as for the rare special events. If any closing should occur, members will be notified in advance to make accommodations and information will be posted in the facility hours section of the Mathy Center website.
Do I have to be a member to use the facility?
Yes, to use the Mathy Center one needs to be a member to gain access to the facility.
Who is eligible for a membership?
Memberships are available to current Viterbo University students, alumni, employees, FSPA, Follett employees, and Aramark employees. All individuals will be issued Viterbo I.D. cards which will be used to gain access to the facility, the fitness center, and recreational sports programs. Alumni members are required to pay a membership fee. Click here for a link for a list of user and membership types
What is the process after I purchase my Viterbo I.D. card?
Once you have been issued a valid Viterbo I.D. card you will need to bring it with you to the Mathy Center. You will have your I.D. card scanned at the welcome center by the staff to verify who you are and your membership as well as identify where you are visiting for the particular visit. Once you have been approved you will be allowed to enter the facility. Your I.D. card will also be used to gain access to the fitness center as well as check out equipment such as basketballs and towels.
Is the community-at-large eligible to purchase a membership or an I.D. to use at the Mathy Center?
Memberships are currently not made available to the community-at-large. To obtain a membership or a Viterbo I.D. one would need to be either a current Viterbo student, alumni, employee, FSPA, Follett employee, or Aramark employee working on campus.
How long do recent graduates have to use their student I.D. cards before they have to purchase an alumni membership and card?
Each graduate has until the start of the next semester to use their student I.D. card to access the Mathy Center. Once the next semester begins, the new alumni would need to present their alumni card and pay a membership fee at the Mathy Center.
Are continuing students able to use the Mathy Center in the summer, even if I am not taking summer classes?
Yes, students who are continuing on in the fall will have the Mathy Center available for them to use throughout the summer, regardless if they are taking summer classes or not.
Are spouses/partners and dependents allowed to become members of the Mathy Center?
Viterbo employees, alumni members, and students are permitted to have a partner or spouse join the Mathy Center for a fee.
The “Plus One” member would have access to the entire facility during specified non-peak hours (2-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday). The member would have access to recreational sports programs, including Group Fitness classes and Intramural sports, but would be responsible for additional program fees.
The “Plus One” membership would be defined by the following guidelines:
- Can only be one individual
- The individual must be at least 18 years of age.
- The individual must reside with the Viterbo member and show proof of shared residency.
- Must complete an application and the Viterbo member must be present with the new member at the time of the registration.
- The new “Plus One” member must pay a fee of $50 per term*
- The new “Plus One” member must obtain a Viterbo issued I.D. from the Physical Plant to gain access to the Mathy Center.
*The fee terms for the “Plus One” membership would follow the terms of Alumni memberships and locker rentals (August 16 – January 15, January 16 – May 15, and May 16 – August 15).
I will be in La Crosse working this summer, but I will not be a student until the fall semester. Can I use the Mathy Center over the summer?
Incoming students will not have access to the facility until the start of the term. New student memberships begin the term they start at the university.
What if I just want to try the Mathy Center to see if I would like a membership?
Memberships are free to current Viterbo students, employees, FSPA, on-campus Follett employees, and on-campus Aramark employees. Individuals who fall in these categories may use the facility with their current Viterbo I.D. card.
Viterbo alumni may purchase a membership ($25 fee) for each semester and summer, however, we do not allow anyone to try out the facility.
May I rent a storage locker for the semester?
Yes, members may rent a locker each semester for a nominal fee. All locker rentals take place at the Mathy Center front desk. Click here for more locker rental information.
Can I keep my stuff in the locker overnight?
If you currently rent a locker, you may keep your belongings in your locker 24/7 for the duration of your locker rental. However, if you are using a drop-in locker, you must remove all of your belongings and personal lock from the locker before the facility closes for the day. Click here for current facility hours.
I inadvertently left my things in the locker overnight and the lock was cut off. How do I get my belongings back?
Warnings will be posted on the locker 24 hours prior to a lock being removed from a locker. All the contents from the locker will be placed in a black garbage bag and labeled with the locker number in which it was found. Items will be kept for two months. Unclaimed items will be taken to the local Goodwill.
Do you rent sports equipment? If so, what is the rental process?
Yes, the Mathy Center and recreational sports department does have a supply of sports equipment available for rental. To use the equipment, you will need to present a valid photo I.D. (primarily your Viterbo issued I.D.) to the welcome center staff, ask for the selected piece of equipment and turn over your I.D. Your I.D. will be held at the welcome center and will be returned to you once the rented equipment is returned.
Why do I have to have a picture I.D. to check out equipment?
A picture I.D. is required so that the recreational sports staff can keep track of the piece of equipment rented, who rented out the piece, and ensure the safe return of the equipment.
Can I bring my own lock, ball, or other equipment?
Yes, you may bring your own equipment. However, the Mathy Center and recreational sports department is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged personal items.
If you chose to bring a lock with you, you are asked to remove it with your personal belongs at the end of the day. If any personal locks are found, a written warning will be posted of removal and if the lock still remains, it will be removed.
For how long can I keep equipment that I check out?
Equipment may only be checked out for the duration of the current visit by the member. Lost, stolen, or unreturned equipment may be subject to a replacement charge, which can be assessed to the individual whose I.D. is held at the welcome center.
Fitness Center Questions
Why do I need to scan my I.D. at the fitness center door?
The Mathy Center is the first of its kind in the nation to combine the resources and users of a university and a Boys and Girls Club. The facility is a shared use facility which offers great opportunities for our students, employees, university affiliates, alumni and plus one members to workout, recreate, and interact with club programs more effectively. It also presents a few challenges in controlling access to certain spaces. Although the facility was built exclusively with private donations from the community, the equipment in the fitness center is paid for by the recreational sports budget which receives money from the student activity fee. This space is exclusive to Viterbo users and the scanning of your I.D. at the door will prevent or reduce unauthorized entry by those persons not granted access. Additionally, Viterbo is responsible for executing a high level of risk management policies aimed at reducing the risk of injury to our own users as well as any guests of the facility and programs.
Why are full shirts required in the fitness center?
The university examined policies at many colleges and universities across the country in crafting this policy. Although it may not be norm at community gyms, it is being implemented at many institutions of higher education. Here's how we got there...
We have more than 3,000 individuals who are able to use the fitness center. An average of 1,000-1,500 different people use the fitness center each year.
Q. What do you get if you asked 1,500 different people to define the word shirt?
A. We got everything from sports bras to long sleeved shirts. The term shirt is insufficient for describing what is expected in the fitness center.
Health of our users:
The fitness center users create frequent, continuous, and direct contact with the cardio and weight equipment, increasing the risk of passing diseases such as ringworm, impetigo, and staph infections from one user to the next. Although wearing a full shirt alone will not completely eliminate this risk, it is reasonable that it will aid in reducing the spread of germs. It is well known that certain viruses may occur at college campuses more frequently than in the normal community, so the university acts to prevent the spread of such viruses in a practical and acceptable manner.
The fitness center is open to students, employees, and alumni members of Viterbo University. Additionally, the FSPA have access along with Aramark and Follett employees. With such a broad range of users, it is difficult to convey what is appropriate attire. The goal we promote is one related to "health and fitness" and thus the primary reason a person is in the facility is to address these components. As an institution of higher learning, we would like to promote an environment with a focus on health and fitness for people of all shapes and sizes.
More college and community recreational centers are adopting this policy each year. The University of Minnesota has had this policy in place since 1993. By our count, the policy is in force in more than 32 states on college campuses ranging from 1,200 students to more than 50,000 students. Private and public institutions alike are recognizing the need for keeping their users and equipment safe.
It is the university's goal to keep and preserve the fitness equipment for no less than six years. The better we are at diminishing skin to surface contact, the more likely we can meet this goal. The fitness center staff do an excellent job of deep cleaning the equipment on a routine basis, but we also ask our users to be cognizant of the cleaning needs and to act proactively to assist us in this task. Remember...student fees pay for the equipment you use.
Is there anyone who can show me how to use the weight room equipment?
The recreational sports department may be able to provide personal trainers during the academic year who are able to provide equipment orientations to explain and demonstrate the purpose and how to properly use each piece of equipment. The fitness center student staff are not authorized to show users how to use equipment or provide a spot.
How are the TV stations determined?
TV stations are set based on general consensus as well as what is appropriate for all of our users.
When is the best time to work out?
If you are interested in avoiding crowds, the best time to work out in the fitness center is in the early morning, usually before 10 a.m., and late evenings. The peak usage times for the fitness center are 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 3–8 p.m. (these are subject to change based on user data).