In November 2013, the Graduate and Professional Student Association hosted an open forum to introduce students and staff to a proposed Wellness Center scheduled to be completed in fall of 2018. Students have been involved in the project since its inception in 2007, and continue to be involved as it moves forward.
The Wellness Center project is currently in the preliminary funding phase and is expected to begin implementation later this year, assuming institutional revenue bonds are issued. The project has yet to be introduced to the Board of Regents. Future outreach sessions will help determine the budget.
Katiana Torres, a junior majoring in Communication & Journalism said, "The new Wellness Center sounds like a great addition to the UNM campus. I’m just a bit concerned about the student fees I hear will be used to fund the project, but I’ll stay tuned and stay hopeful.”
The project would bring features such as a rock climbing wall, dance studio, indoor track, martial art studio, indoor cycling and more. From a student perspective, the center would be an exciting and useful addition to campus.
"I think it's a great idea," said junior Tina Mora. “It will make students more aware of their health and hopefully make them more active."
A recent survey found that 91 percent of UNM students feel it would increase the amount of time students spend on campus and make it a more desirable place, while 72 percent felt it would attract and retain more students at the university.
For more information, visit: Wellness Center.