The new and improved Koepke Fitness Center.
So far, the remodel has paid off. Curtis said they have noticed a 72 percent increase in usage since the remodel. “Every week this semester has been bigger than any other week in the previous years,” Curtis said.
At Columbia College, students are not alone when it comes to maintaining their health. Peer educators are available on campus to help students make better choices, Coke said. Peer educators get the word out about wellness via bulletin boards or by hosting activities like the Root Beer Kegger. Coke said the peer educators have a campus activity every month to promote student wellness. One month it may be about responsible drinking, and another month it could be about helping students to quit smoking, Coke said. Wellness is not just about exercising; it’s also about how you take care of your body and what you put in it.
Students who prefer to use the buddy system could work out at the fitness center with a friend. “All current students, staff and faculty can use the facility, and they are allowed to bring one guest with them,” Curtis said. Guests must be signed in at the front desk, he said.
Grant Crowley uses one of the weight machines in the
Koepke Fitness Center.
Brittney Fowler, a student worker at Koepke Fitness Center, said annual passes are available for alumni or others in the community who want to use the facilities. The passes are $350 for alumni and $500 for others. They allow access to the gym and free admission to any of the athletic games, Fowler said.
The new equipment is not the only addition to the fitness center. A new enforced rule requires guests to wear Columbia College apparel rather than apparel representing other colleges or universities. said Fowler.
Students who have never been to the fitness center and are not sure how the equipment works can get help from the staff. “Any student who needs more information about the fitness center can ask the student worker at the front desk or stop by my office in Southwell 143,” said Curtis. They will help students in any way they can, he said.