Culver-Stockton breaks ground on new recreation and wellness center

Construction begins soon on a new recreation and wellness center at Culver-Stockton College.

Construction begins soon on a new recreation and wellness center at Culver-Stockton College.

The college announced that it reached its 2.8 million dollar goal for the center.

For C-SC student Dylan Green, this recreation center doesn't just mean a new building to look at, it means the college is taking a step towards the student body's health.

"That just fully defines what Culver-Stockton is all about, and that is transforming you into the best version of you," Green said.

Green says many students have unhealthy lifestyles.

"Whenever they get some down time, they either sit in front of a screen and waste their time or they sleep," said Green. "And a lot of students would rather sleep than do something like go for a jog or lift a few weights."

He hopes this new center will change that.

The college set a goal to raise the money by April 9, and came in earlier than expected.

51 percent of the money raised for the facility came from the Tri-States.

The Mabee Foundation had agreed to contribute $700,000 towards the project if the college met their goal, making the total amount raised 3.5 million dollars.

The administration said the students had asked for a new rec center for quite some time, as the current building is aging and needed updates.

New amenities include a tennis, volleyball, and basketball court, new workout machines, a juice bar, weights, and a hospitality and reception room.

C-SC President Richard Valentine commented that this new opportunity for the campus is exciting.

"I think it means so much for students, and students want a facility like this, they want to work out, they want to be healthy," Valentine said. "And to provide this for them is just wonderful."

"This is the definition of Culver-Stockton's ability to invest fully in its students, and give them the opportunity to influence the school as much as the school will influence them," Green said.

Construction is set to begin this summer, with hopeful completion in 2015.