The Saurwein Health & Wellness Center has officially opened to rave reviews from the hundreds of students who have already visited during its first full week of operation.
“Everything I’ve heard so far has been positive,” said Kayela Tidrick, director of wellness and healthy living who’s overseeing the center’s operation. “It’s definitely catching on and people are really utilizing it.” Tidrick came to Heidelberg earlier this month from Cleveland State University, where she had served as the competitive sports and camps coordinator for the past two years.
On Tuesday, traffic in the center reached almost 200 students, faculty and staff, Tidrick said. “It’s been pretty busy. Students seem to really like it a lot and they’re already making suggestions.” She has a staff of 19 students and will be adding a few more to cover all of the shifts. The center is open 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; and noon-11 p.m. on Sunday.
The $4.3 million, 22,000-square-foot center provides cardio and weight training equipment; multi-purpose space for small-group fitness activities, lectures and seminars; a lounge for comfortable gatherings; space for healthy refreshments; classrooms and faculty/staff offices and a unique wellness technology station. Heidelberg is collaborating with the Tiffin Community YMCA to operate the facility that will complement programming currently provided by the Y and strengthen a long-time partnership between the two organizations.
Students are especially excited about the cardio equipment, the technology, the convenience and the special touches the center offers. “The second I walked in there, I said to myself, ‘OK, this is really cool,’ ” said sophomore Ashley Racicot. “I especially love the technology like the iPod hookups to the treadmills and the water bottle refilling stations.”
Junior Leigh Barthel likes the homey, comfortable atmosphere inside Saurwein. “It’s full of great, updated equipment that is easy and fun to use … plenty for everyone. Honestly, I look forward to getting to use such a nice facility,” she said. “The Y is great, but this is so much more convenient.”
“The classrooms are really nice, too. I’m sort of jealous of the people who will have class there,” Barthel said.
Other students are looking forward to group fitness classes. “I heard that Saurwein might be getting Zumba classes. That’s something I would really look forward to,” said senior Brianne Cook. Racicot added: “I’m really looking forward to having group classes that I can take.”
“I am so happy that we have the opportunity to have something this amazing on campus,” Cook concluded.