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Wellness Zone: New center, new name, big gift

Local business owners gift $10 million

By Amber Long, Executive Director, CU Denver Wellness & Recreation Services

This new spring semester marks the final push to the opening of our new Student Wellness Center, and I can’t wait! After the university received a generous gift of $10 million from local business owners Lola and Rob Salazar, the building will now be called the Lola and Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center, making it the first named building on campus.

Lola and Rob Salazar generously gifted $10 million.

Beyond the new name, the immediate impact of the gift is that we’ll be able to finish the building the way the students and university leaders on the oversight committee originally intended. In the future, the funds will help us avoid increasing student fees to support the facility.

Walking across campus, you can see that most of the exterior of the building is complete, and I can also tell you that construction crews are moving quickly on the interior. I’d describe the design as an inviting mix of ‘urban modern’ and ‘cozy living room’ ready to welcome students, staff, and faculty.

The center will appeal to diverse interests with a 38-foot climbing wall, lounge, study spaces, a three-court gymnasium, a six-lane lap pool, and reflection rooms. So what programs can you expect?

· Outdoor Adventure – gear check-out, bike repairs, excursions

· Fitness – group classes, personal trainers, small group training

· Competitive Sports – intramurals, club sports

· Wellness & Health Promotion – cooking classes, health coaches

We’ll need some help keeping it all going. This spring, we’ll be hiring as many as 75 student staff members. Look for applications in the Career Center’s Handshake job portal in February, then drop by our table at the Internship & Job Fair in the Tivoli Turnhalle on Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Whether you work with us, visit us regularly, or just drop in occasionally, I can’t wait to welcome you to the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center!

This is one in a series of Wellness Zone articles addressing the seven dimensions of wellness that the new CU Denver Student Wellness Center will be built on: social, physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, environmental, and creative wellness. The center is scheduled to open May 2018.

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