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OWU Dedicates New Stuyvesant Wellness Center

October 5, 2000

[ Arthur A. Belt Fitness Center Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- When Ohio Wesleyan staff, alumni and friends dedicate the University's new Wellness Center on Oct. 6, many will see this recently completed, impressive facility for the first time.

The 7,000-square-foot center -- formerly the student dining area within the stately student dormitory, Stuyvesant Hall, on OWU's northwest campus -- is comprised of the Mary Hanlon Moore Health Center, the Edwin G. Beal Health Center Lobby, the Arthur A. Belt Fitness Center, and classroom space designed for wellness-related programs and presentations. Thoughtful gifts from OWU alumni and friends, Mary Hanlon Moore '33, Mary Jane Belt Brophy (widow of Arthur Belt '34), Edwin G. Beal '33, George ('61) Conrades and Patsy Belt ('63) Conrades, Nancy James Belt Muldoon '60, Jean Carper '53, and the OWU Class of 1998 have made this much-needed center a reality.

"In addition to our weight room in Edwards Gymnasium, we now have a modern facility designed for health-conscious people who are not necessarily athletes," says OWU senior Amy Stafford, a sports management major and pole vaulter, who is working on an internship program in the center. OWU staff members who oversee the Wellness Center are Marsha Tilden, Wellness Center director and Terry Koons, residential life coordinator at OWU. Tilden offers a variety of health education programs for students and is in the midst of starting a new endeavor.

"Eight students -- peer educators -- will give presentations to other students on a variety of important and interesting health issues," says Tilden, also a nurse practitioner in the health center, which was located for many years in Edgar Hall on the northernmost side of campus.

Dedication festivities begin with a building tour at 4 p.m. and ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at Stuyvesant Hall, 223 West William St.