After a summer filled with planning and construction, the Nobbs Wellness Center opened on October 8 and offers the campus community a free facility to improve and maintain health.
The new fitness area, which occupies 2,200 square feet in the Student Center, is the direct result of a $520,000 estate gift from alumna Vestal “Pat” Nobbs.
The new fitness area will provide students with many options for improving their health – located at the heart of the campus and with extended hours.
According to Health Services Director Chris Basco, careful planning went into the layout of the center to maximize health benefits for students.
“Not every student wants to be an athlete or to train like one,” Basco said. “They just want to improve their general health. So we’ve focused about 70 percent of the space on cardiovascular exercise. It’s a greater need for the general population of students. And this space is for absolutely all students, not just athletes or housing occupants.”
The main space features treadmills, stationary bikes, stair-climbing machines as well as more specialized equipment.
A second area has been created for a variety of fitness classes that are slated to be available in the months to come.
“Once we get the facility open, we’ll survey the clientele to find out which classes are most in demand and develop a schedule based on that,” says Monica Treviño, vice-president for enrollment management.
Classes, like aerobics or Zumba, are not expected to be free but will be handled as a transaction between the student and the instructor.
“This project was completed with 100 percent private donations,” says Mike Coponiti, vice-president for business and finance.
“Thanks to Pat Nobbs’ generosity, not one cent of public money went into the Wellness Center. That was our goal from day one. Keep the cost of construction off the tax-payer and the cost of usage off of students.”
The center is named for the late Vestal Litton “Pat” Nobbs, an alumna of the Oklahoma College for Women, who made a successful career in health and fashion and built the international health and fitness company, Jeunique International Inc., in Industry, Calif.
Nobbs died on Sept. 5, 2011, in Hacienda Heights, Calif. She also left to USAO an acreage of land near her birthplace in Granite, Okla.