Levi Memmer, (left) who was recently named fitness center supervisor and personal trainer at the Young Center at Black Hills State University, advises Tanner Tetrault, a BHSU wellness management student, during a workout session at the Young Center. BHSU is offering a free 10-day trial membership with personalized fitness training to introduce Memmer and other changes at the Young Center. Tetrault and other BHSU wellness management majors are taking a more active role in fitness training and the operation of the Young Center.

Students pursuing a wellness management degree at Black Hills State University will take active roles at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center giving students the opportunity to gain essential experience as a part of several changes at the Young Center.

Levi Memmer, a 2006 BHSU wellness management graduate, was recently named fitness center supervisor and personal trainer at the Young Center. Memmer completed training at Michigan State University and earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation after graduating from BHSU.

Memmer will offer guidance, expertise, and personalized strength and fitness training for Young Center members. To introduce Memmer and the changes, BHSU is offering a free 10-day membership from Jan. 5-14. Individuals (must be 16 or older) are encouraged to meet with Memmer and try out the fitness equipment at the Young Center. Personalized training is available Monday through Friday from 5-8 a.m. and 4-9 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for people to start right with their New Year’s fitness resolutions,” Jhett Albers, BHSU athletic director, said. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of the fitness opportunities at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of Black Hills State University.”

Wellness management students will become much more involved in fitness training at the Young Center as well as becoming involved in management and operational roles.

“We see this as a win-win situation for our students and our Young Center members. We have nearly 80 students at BHSU who are pursuing a wellness management degree. By creating opportunities at the Young Center, our students will have the added benefit of actual experience working in a variety of several fitness training and fitness operational roles. Our Young Center members will have the opportunity for personalized training,” Albers says.

BHSU plans to hire a permanent fitness center director and clinical supervisor beginning this summer. Job details will be listed on the South Dakota Board of Regents and BHSU employment websites.

The BHSU wellness management program is a rapidly growing program that offers a unique combination of health and fitness courses. Graduates are prepared to hold leadership roles in health and fitness centers, recreation centers, hospitals and schools as well as graduate studies in exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and recreation. Opportunities for graduates are expected to be excellent, not only because of anticipated growth in the field, but because of the emphasis on preventative health care in the nation.

For more information about the wellness management degree at BHSU contact Betsy Silva, chair of the department of physical education and health, at 642-6889. For details on the personalized training or the fitness center call 642-6882.