risherwellnessThe University of Arkansas at Monticello dedicated the Randy Risher Wellness Center Saturday morning, honoring a man who donated cutting-edge fitness equipment to the facility.

The 3,656-square-foot structure which formerly housed the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, was renovated this year to provide a new home for the University’s wellness and fitness center. Risher donated the equipment, which includes both weight training and resistance machines as well as cardio-fitness cycles, treadmills and elliptical trainers.

Risher is a 1989 UAM graduate and president of The Risher Companies of Houston, Tex. which includes Risher Fitness Management, Inc., Risher Wellness & Risk Management, and Risher Fitness Equipment.

“This is a wonderful gift by a generous man who firmly believes in giving back to those who have helped him to achieve success,” said UAM Chancellor Jack Lassiter. “This is a great addition to our campus as we strive to encourage our students, faculty and staff to make a commitment to healthier lifestyles.”

The interior renovation, which was completed by UAM maintenance staff, included replacing sheetrock, installing new heating and air conditioning duct work, adding insulation to the outer walls, and replacing the electrical wiring. Vinyl composite tile was installed as flooring for much of the building with a composite cork floor added to the weight training area.

Exterior renovation, which was completed in January by an outside contractor, included the addition of a new roof.
The building also houses an office for the campus nurse as well as a reception area and treatment room.

Jim Brewer
Director, UAM Media Services