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Wellness Center opens doors to faculty/staff families

The benefits of the campus's new Athletic and Wellness Center have been extended to the spouses, domestic partners and family members of faculty and staff members.

Recreaction Employees demonstrating equipment

Student worker Kim Clouston '07 (Psychology)
demonstrates how to use a piece of cardio equipment
in the Athletic and Wellness Center as Keith Kenney
(Recreation) explains the machine's benefits at an
equipment training workshops for faculty, staff and
students on Jan. 23.

Stuart Robinson, director of Athletics, Recreation and Intramurals, said a decision was made during the planning phase of the Athletic and Wellness Center to limit access until the college had the opportunity to see what the campus demand would be.

“As we approach our first anniversary, we are now in a position to extend access to the spouses and domestic partners of faculty and staff without compromising our commitment to the campus community,” said Robinson. “It had always been our hope to provide this opportunity.”

Keith Kenney, coordinator of the Wellness and Recreation Program, is thrilled that the facility is now available to faculty and staff families.

“Families and spouses can come to the gym together and that always helps promote fitness,” he said. “In turn, it will open up the facility to more faculty and staff.”

Faculty member Francois Deschamps (Photography), who uses the center twice a week, said his wife is now considering using the facilities, as well.

“My wife belongs to another local gym, but I feel that the Wellness Center here on campus is better and so I am encouraging her to switch,” he said. “I always walk out feeling refreshed and renewed.”

Fees, which are in addition to the fee for faculty and staff members, are as follows: $180 per year (fall semester through summer session) or $90 per term or semester; $50 for each additional immediate family member (18 and older), up to four persons. Family members (18 and older) can purchase a separate membership for the summer session (May to mid-August only) for $75.

The Athletic and Wellness Center is only open to family members over 18. However, family members, including those under 18, can use Elting Gym facilities, such as the basketball and the pool, at no charge.

For more information or to sign up, visit the Wellness and Recreation Web site.

Faculty member uses stationary bicycle
Professor Francois Deschamps began using the
57,000-squarefoot center to vary his exercise routine.

January 29, 2007
Volume 5, Issue 2

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