January 24, 2018

Mayville community members Rick and Allison Newman are long-time believers in staying healthy. These patrons of the MSU Wellness Center knew that having weight machines at the facility would be a benefit to students and community members. Not everyone can safely use free weights, so the machines would be of great value to those who wish to incorporate simple weight and resistance training into their fitness plans.

The Newmans offered a $10,000 matching challenge to their friends and other Wellness Center patrons in an effort to raise enough money to purchase four to six machines for the Wellness Center. Their friends came through, and six new Freemotion weight machines have been purchased and are now in use at the Wellness Center. Each machine helps to work a different area of the body.

“The generosity of the Newmans and their friends has helped to improve Mayville State facilities, making the university more appealing to prospective students and others,” said MSU President Dr. Gary Hagen. “We are grateful for their foresight and initiative in making this happen. The MSU Wellness Center is a wonderful asset for the campus and community, and anything done to improve the facility is a benefit for all.”

Names of those who contributed to the project can be seen on a plaque that is on display at the Wellness Center. They are Richard and Allison Newman, Mayville, N.D.; Jon and Kari Bakkum, Mayville; Jesse and Wendy Bring, Galesburg, N.D.; Kurt and Cheryl Elliott, Blanchard, N.D.; First State Bank of Buxton; Martin and Diane Johnson, Portland, N.D.; James Lande, Mayville; Merwin and Myrna Lyng, Mayville; James and Wendy Mehus, Mayville; Arnold and Pat Osland, Mayville; Mark Osland, Mayville; Dennis and Sheri Peterson, Mayville; Ken and Kathleen Reinarz, Hatton, N.D.; Sheryl Vinje, Portland; and Steve and Tammy Volla, Mayville.

The MSU Wellness Center is a comprehensive fitness and wellness center and is available for use members of the community, as well as the students, faculty, and staff of Mayville State University. It offers many options for promoting overall well-being and fitness, including a variety of group fitness classes. To learn more, go to www.mayvillestate.edu/wellnesscenter or call 701-788-5200.