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LWC names Joel Peterson to direct Wellness Center

He will be first director of Doris and Bob Holloway Health and Wellness Center, at 72,223 sq. ft. the largest structure in history of Lindsey Wilson College
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COLUMBIA, KY - Joel Peterson has landed a dream job at Lindsey Wilson College.

Peterson has been named director of the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center and has been charged with opening the building -- the largest in the college's 107-year history.

And Peterson said he is excited to be at Lindsey Wilson.

"I like Lindsey Wilson very much," Peterson said. "The people have been friendly and supportive of what I'm trying to do."

The 73,223-square-foot Holloway Health & Wellness Center features an indoor track; three basketball courts; a racquetball court; an eight-lane swimming pool with a rock-climbing wall; a recreational pool; 40-person hot tub; recreational areas; cardiovascular area; and a weight-lifting room.

Wants HHWC primarily run by students

Peterson said he wants the Holloway Health & Wellness Center to be primarily run by students because it provides lots of opportunities for them to get involved.

"My goal is to get students involved and to provide as many on campus jobs for them as I can," Peterson said. "This is going to be a great opportunity for them to be involved in something that will benefit the campus community and public as well."

The Holloway Center will be opened to the LWC community in early February. Then it will hold an open house for the community from 10a.-4pmCT Saturday, February 13, 2010.

Center will open at 6am, 5 days a week, with additional weekend hours

"My main goal is to always support the Lindsey Wilson College community and provide as many recreational opportunities as we can," Peterson said. "Starting off, we will be open 95 hours a week. We will open at 6amCT every Monday through Friday, and we will be open on Saturday and Sunday as well.

"I'd love to eventually see the facility open 100 hours a week and provide programs such as exercise classes and learn-to-swim-program-type stuff to the community at large."

A native of Peoria, IL, Peterson, 38, completed his undergrad at University of Wisconsin-Superior in exercise science in 2003. He then worked at the university as a recreation specialist. He covered areas such as outdoor adventures, intramurals, pool and the recreation facility. Peterson is completing a master's degree in recreation, sports and tourism from the University of Illinois.

Peterson and his wife, Wendy, have a newborn son, Aiden.

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Joel Peterson, director, Holloway Health and Wellness Center

2010-01-31 - 399 Williams ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Joel Peterson has been named Director of the Doris and Bob Holloway Health and Wellness Center, to be housed in the new 73,232 s.f. building at the corner of Young and Williams Streets in Columbia, KY. It is the largest building in the history of the college and the second largest in Adair County, after the Walmart Supercenter at Holladay Place.
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