Banner Elk – Students, faculty, and staff gathered at the Arthur Student Recreation Center on Monday, November 8, to celebrate the addition of a refurbished fitness center sponsored by donors Barbara and Todd Kopsinsky.

The ceremony featured cuts, breaks and comments from President Lee King, LMC Senior Student London, England, Melanie Halbert, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Barbara Kopsinsky, former alumni director. Attendees looked at the equipment, and some of them completed their tour of the fitness center shortly after the ceremony.

LMC is associated with private donations for equipment and small facility renovations. The reopening of the Student Recreation Complex strengthens the INEXPRO 2030 strategic plan for early safety initiatives.

The Fitness Center is over 1,000 square feet and contains cardio equipment, cable strength machines, free weights and practical training equipment. Cardio equipment includes elliptical, treadmill, StairMaster staple, and straight stationary bicycles. There are adjustable benches and a three-tiered dumbbell shelf. The area of ​​practical training equipment includes medicine balls, foam rollers, core bags and indoor tires.

Barbara Copsinsky suggested that the idea of ​​setting up a fitness center started with a student who only works on the campus. Then Barbara Kopsinsky met Talbert in Charlotte, and the idea came true.

“I want to thank you for our desire to make our students more,” King said as he looked at Copsinsky. “I also want to thank you for your commitment to helping Les-Macren reach a new level.”

He reiterated that the opening of the King Fitness Center underscores the institution’s commitment to health.

“In order for Lyce-Macren to continue to thrive and achieve what we never expected, planning must guide our priorities,” he said. “We must implement this plan urgently and vigorously. With your commitment, they are helping us achieve our strategic security priorities, engage the community and reach a higher level.”

King also addressed the students.

“I hope you make the most of this space and bring your energy and joy to this facility,” King said. “Let us know how we can improve and what we can do to improve your experience.”

England says it is looking forward to making memories in the new space.

“It might be a little stronger,” he said with a smile. “I think Liss-Macre is making a lot of progress. It’s nice to see us go in the right direction. ”

In addition to the Fitness Center, the Student Recreation Complex offers health and wellness programs. More details on special offers will come soon.

“Students are motivated by who you are and the love that our donors have for students,” said Halbert. “This is completely self-fulfilling prophecy. The list goes on and on about what it means to be well. When we are well, we become more effective, generous, helpful, creative, kind and creative.

The Student Recreation Complex and Fitness Center are not open to the public. The Fitness Center is available by scanning the Les-McRae ID card, but students, teachers and staff must first be familiar with the device. Completing the 15-minute directions and signing off will enable access to ID cards.

For the rest of the fall semester, the center will be open from 6 to 10 am, 4 pm to 4 pm and from 6 to 10 pm Monday through Friday. The center will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.