NIRSA Region V Conference & Student Lead On

September 20-22, 2019 • Brookings, South Dakota

Welcome to the 2019 NIRSA Region V Conference & Student Lead On 2019 in Brookings, South Dakota!

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. Brookings, a community of 23,773, is located in eastern South Dakota along Interstate 29, just one hour north of the state’s largest city – Sioux Falls. Brookings is a safe, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city, but with a small-town feel. Our lively nightlife brings friends together and the art scene is gaining ground at the numerous museums and galleries. Adventure and excitement is just around the corner in our growing community. Residents enjoy the tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, and short commute time.

Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live. Recent accolades include #1 Best Place to Live in S.D., #25 Best City for Entrepreneurs, #2 Best School District in S.D., Top 10 Best Small Towns in America, Safest College Town in America, and the Top 25 Safest Cities in America. Bring Your Dreams!

The current Wellness Center, constructed in 2008, was among the first Wellness Centers across the nation to attempt an integrated approach to wellness. We focus on all seven dimensions of wellness, rather than just the physical dimensions. The SDSU Wellness Center encompasses recreation, fitness, counseling services, family planning clinic, student health clinic, outdoor programs, nutrition services, health promotion, intramurals and summer camps.

The facility actively serves about 13,000 students and is open to SDSU faculty and staff, and the entire community of Brookings. The Wellness Center strives to instill healthy lifestyles in its members no matter what age; we serve persons aged 2–92. Currently, the Wellness Center has about 1,200 community memberships and offers over 60 different group fitness classes per week. The pool is a popular amenity among all generations for swim lessons, lap swims, water aerobics and birthday parties.

In response to the growing needs and interests of students, the Student Senate passed to increase their General Activity Fees (GAF) to fund a $14 million expansion to the Wellness Center, which opened fall 2018. The expansion includes 37,500 sq. ft. of new construction and 9,000 sq. ft. of renovated space. New construction includes: a basketball court, with a drop down volleyball net; multi-activity court (MAC) used for indoor soccer, badminton, floor hockey and batting cage; racquetball courts; fitness space, which include additional weight equipment, cardio machines and a turf area for functional fitness; outdoor programs, includes outdoor gear rentals and guided nature trips and clinics; and an additional fitness studio. Renovation space includes the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services to provide increased access for students and a new Administrative Office.

The expansion continues the vision of holistic wellness and prioritize the establishment of life-long health habits in both students and community users by living the SDSU Wellness Center mission…Enriching the quality of life is our passion!

Region V attendees will have free access to the Wellness Center during the conference!