|Wellness Center Hours:|
|Monday - Friday||6:00am - 10:00pm|
|Saturday||10:00am - 6:00pm|
|Sunday||2:00pm - 10:00pm|
MSU Student Wellness Center celebrates grand opening
The Minot State University Student Wellness Center is officially open for business. After 10 years of planning, university students cut the ceremonial ribbon Aug. 23 that marks a new era, featuring a state-of-the-art fitness facility.
"The Student Wellness Center is the result of students wanting to have their own place to work out. The Wellness Center is not only a fitness facility; it also hosts intramural activities, a meditation room and multipurpose space for other recreational endeavors. The idea was to encompass many facets of wellness, not just physical," said Dick Jenkins, vice president for student affairs.
Primarily student funded, the three-story $12.8 million facility encompasses 57,000 square feet of exercise space, three intramural courts, a 35-foot climbing wall, weight and cardio equipment and 5,600 square feet of windows that offer million-dollar views of the city.
Part of the need for the new center arose from the remodeling of Swain Hall into an academic building. The Swain remodel provided a home for the College of Education and Health Sciences in addition to expanded classroom, office and lab space for education and the sciences. Displaced from the building by the remodeling were the existing student fitness center and football offices and locker rooms.
"When Swain Hall was officially going to be converted into an academic building, the Student Government Association knew that we (the students) needed a wellness center," said Wade Regier, 2007-08 SGA president. "After seeing projects at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University, we wanted something similar - something we could all be proud of."
Regier and SGA voted unanimously in favor of funding the new facility.
Attached to the Dome and Swain Hall, the Student Wellness Center incorporates all aspects of a campus devoted to fostering education on health-related majors and healthy lifestyles.
"It is a beautiful space the students will be able to enjoy for decades to come," said Jenkins.