Elizabethtown College has named Whitney Jones as director of the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being effective Monday, Jan. 7. The new state-of-the-art facility will be utilized as a space for recreation and training, as well as for peer educators, instructional workshops, and wellness programs.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Ms. Jones to Elizabethtown College to lead her vision for well-being at the college — rooted in holistic programming and broad campus utilization of the new Bowers Center,” Elizabethtown College Vice President for Student Life Celestino Limas said. “She is an exceptional educator who will be able to demonstrate our commitment to providing all students with the tools and resources to build a healthy lifestyle, and enhance the overall health and well-being of our community.”
Jones has extensive experience in developing, promoting, and executing health and wellness programs. Previously, she served as the assistant director
of campus fitness at the University of Pittsburgh. There, Jones was responsible for the oversight of the school’s recreational facilities. Prior to the University of Pittsburgh, Jones served as the assistant director of Pope Wellness Center and the campus recreation coordinator at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina.
“I’m looking forward to enhancing the health and wellness programming at the new Bowers Center for Elizabethtown College to build well-rounded students, staff and faculty,” Jones said.
The expanded indoor athletics venue will reduce athletic operating expenses for the College, ease the demand on student schedules, and eliminate the need for transportation and rental of offsite facilities.
The facility will include a fitness center, three recreation courts, an indoor track, multiple locker rooms, a wellness center, a smoothie cafe and more.
The space also will be utilized for addressing national public health issues including obesity, substance abuse, stress, and chronic depression among college students. There will be expanded opportunities for health and nutrition promotion with demonstration kitchens incorporated to offer Elizabethtown College students with experiential learning opportunities.
The Bowers Center is expected to open summer 2019.