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New health/wellness center opens
2/17/14

Members of the Alfred University (AU) and surrounding community have a new outlet for building a fitness routine and/or participating in recreational activities with the opening Feb. 17 of the University Health and Wellness Center.

The new facility, constructed with state funds, is a 33,000-square-foot addition to McLane Center which includes a 140-meter, raised indoor track; an all-purpose court suitable for basketball, volleyball, badminton, soccer and other open space games; and two locker rooms with restroom facilities. A support wing located on the west end houses a multi-purpose room for activities such as yoga, Zumba®, and martial arts. AU’s tennis teams and softball team also plan to conduct indoor practices in the facility.

“After many years of advocating, planning, and fundraising, our students, faculty, and staff will have enough room for intramurals, recreation, classes, sports, and blowing off steam,” said Kathy Woughter, vice president of Student Affairs. “It’s hard to stay healthy when there’s not enough room to work out indoors during the long winter, and this is a game-changer for the Alfred community. I want to thank the alumni who contributed to the Score One campaign, who recognize that healthy competition, general wellness, and exercise are an important part of an Alfred University education, and great life skills for everyone.”

“For our students, this is a tremendous outlet for them to engage in healthy exercise and also to add to their palette of things to do while they’re on campus,” said Paul Vecchio, athletics director. “It’s both a healthy and community-building opportunity for them to meet other students and interact with the faculty, staff, and community.”

The Health and Wellness Center will be open:

Mondays through Thursdays: 6 a.m. to midnight

Fridays: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Sundays: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Academic breaks and summer (Monday through Friday): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

AU personnel and community members will have access to several hours of open recreation each day. Club, intramural, and varsity teams will have reserved time blocks to use the facility. University personnel and students can use their AU cards to swipe into the building. Community members can sign up to receive a card on site in the McLane Center Athletics Department Office, with secretary Colleen Harvey, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Current Fitness Club members will be grandfathered into the Health and Wellness Center membership system for this year.

Member/visitor rates are as follows:

One-day visitor pass: $5

One-week visitor pass: $15

Monthly membership: $25

Summer College Rate: $50, May 15 through Aug. 15 (dates subject to change)

Six-month membership: $125

One-year membership with access to Wellness Center and Gibbs Fitness Center: $225

One-year Fitness Center only membership: $150

One-year Health and Wellness Center only membership: $150