Proposed Wellness Center To Address the Whole Person
St. Lawrence students will one day have one place to go to seek advice
on all aspects of their mental, physical and emotional well-being. Plans
are under way to create a campus wellness center, which would merge
counseling services and the current health center into a cooperative
venture in one building, according to Susan Lapierre, nurse director
of Winning Health Center. The wellness center, she explained, will serve
as a place to educate students on healthy practices such as nutrition,
sleep and stress management, and also on the dangers of matters such
as alcohol abuse, smoking and tanning.
"We can offer classes, videos, computer site information and one-on-one
counseling, both by professionals and by peers," Lapierre said.
"At a wellness center, students can learn about many different
topics and see how they are interrelated."
"We hope that a wellness center will allow us to be more proactive
on campus in preventing problems before they happen," commented
William Burns, director of counseling services.
The location of the new center has not been determined, nor has a date
for breaking ground. Construction will likely follow the building of
the planned new student center (see related story).
"I'm looking forward to having this center," said Burns.
"The combining of health services and counseling services has been
a successful trend nationally on small campuses and I am sure it will
be successful here too." --Katherine Elliott '01
University communications intern Kate Elliott wrote the profile of
Rance Davis '80 in this issue of St. Lawrence.