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August 15, 2012

Wellness Center remodel complete


Looking to create classroom space for expanded offerings at the Ben Cleveland Wellness Center a new classroom was created in what is now the weight room. Along with the new classroom space, the Wellness Center received new cardio equipment and new weights.

Cowley College maintenance staff did most of the work in creating the classroom space along with Central Electric and Schneider Construction. Sparks Music will be in charge of installing the audio system in the classroom.

The Ben Cleveland Wellness Center is located at 201 W. Fifth Avenue in Arkansas City and is open to Cowley College students, employees, and the general public.

“This space will allow us to offer long-requested classes such as yoga, zumba, and other aerobic type activities,” Cowley College executive vice president of business services Tony Crouch said.

The Wellness Center is offering Dynamic Fitness classes beginning Sept. 1. The Dynamic Fitness classes are Instructor driven organized group classes. Classes are open to anyone and registration is underway.

Gina McKown, Wellness Center director, said offering group fitness classes in the Wellness Center had long been a dream of hers.

“We started the planning last year, as always, when Cowley College gets behind a project they pull out all the stops,” McKown said. “The Wellness Center received a total transformation.”

Classes offered at the Wellness Center are: Zumba, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Kick Boxing, Self Defense, Yoga, Personal Training, and Ballroom Dancing. Each class costs $5 with the exception of Ballroom Dance, Tai Chi and Kung Fu which require a month by month commitment to receive the maximum benefit of the activity. 

Cowley students may pay at the Wellness Center or can purchase classes and use student loan money. Cowley employees may pay at the Wellness Center or use payroll deduction. While, community members may pay at the front desk of the Wellness Center

“What a great way to intertwine students and community members,” McKown said. “Cowley stands behind their students and community.”

McKown said to look for more exciting changes at the Wellness Center in the future.