UNK Today | August 2014 - page 1

Best Years
Connor Schulte takes the lead,
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Fit for campus
Climbing wall has students excited, but Wellness Center offers much more
Kearney Hub
August 19, 2014
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — Students at the University
of Nebraska at Kearney will see a major
upgrade to health and fitness facilities on
campus with the $6.5 million Wellness
The 19,000-square-foot facility will fea-
ture 10,000 square feet for exercise equip-
ment, fitness and exercise classes, group
activities, and a prominently featured 30-foot
rock climbing wall. Other space includes
classroom areas, a kitchen and UNK’s
Physical Activity and Wellness Lab. At UNK
Today’s press time, the Wellness Center was
scheduled to have a grand opening Aug. 27.
Students were eagerly anticipating the
opening of the new facility, Nita Unruh,
chair of the department of kinesiology and
sports sciences, said earlier this summer.
“They’re more than ready for us to open
and be able to get in there and climb on that
wall and use all the new equipment,” Unruh
said. “It’s a much larger space than they’ve
had before to work out at.”
Students may be eager to
get a good workout, but the
facility is far more than a
gym. The Wellness Center
includes health and fitness
programming for UNK
employees, community
outreach and public health
research conducted at UNK’s
Physical Activity and Well-
ness Lab.
“This is a great opportunity for students,”
Chancellor Doug Kristensen said. “There’s
going to be some real amenities here that the
students can’t get anywhere else.”
Planning began in 2005. Kristensen said
that the desire for the state-of-the-art Well-
ness Center reflects a generation of students
more concerned with health than previous
“Students, in general, are much more con-
cerned about wellness and fitness today than
they were 10 or 20 years ago, and I think it’s
evident by the number of students that we
have participating in so many of our
Rick Tucker, Kearney Hub
Nebraska at Kearney Wellness Center Supervisor Erin Nelson, and Ryo Suznki, intramural supervisor, work out on Matrix
Ascent trainers at the fitness center. Nelson is a senior from Omaha. Suznki is a junior from Tokyo. The $6.5 million, 19,000-square-foot
Wellness Center features a fitness center, physical activity and wellness lab, renovated classrooms and public health research space.
Climbing Mill has an LCD
display showing time, distance in kilometers
or miles, calories, calories per hour burned,
floors climbed and heart rate. A secondary
LCD data display works in conjunction with
crossbar quick keys for continuous operation.
Another feature on the display is the Interface
offering users easy access to social media
and web content. A NIKE + iPod connection
allows users to save their workouts to their
iPod and post them to nikeplus.com.
graduate assistant
Tabitha Rasmussen gives a demonstration
on a multistation exercise machine by per-
forming a seated chest press. Rasmussen is
from Hay Springs.
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — Centennial Towers East
will re-open for the fall semester after
undergoing a $6 million renovation, the first
renovation in the building’s 46-year history.
“We did a lot of significant life safe-
ty work,” said Lee McQueen, director of
facilities for the University of Nebraska at
McQueen said that the most important
update to the facility was the addition of fire
sprinklers and a new voiceover fire alarm
“It’s the latest and best,” McQueen said of
the fire system, explaining that it could be
used for other emergencies as well.
Controlled by UNK Police and Park-
ing Services, the new emergency warning
system can be used to communicate with
students throughout CTE.
“There are times when it would be handy
Safer, brighter CTE move-in ready
paint, and furniture
were all part of the
renovations made
to the student
lounge in Centen-
nial Towers East.
Now finished, the
renovation was
the first for CTE
since it was built
in 1967.
OOHLALA, it’s new way to
connect on campus, page 5
There’s history in the halls,
pages 8-9
Find an organization for all,
page 10-13
Nita Unruh
This is how students are
welcomed back, page 3
Rick Tucker, Kearney Hub
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