Campus Recreation

Walter K. Chess Center

Chess Center Mission:
The purpose of the Chess Center is to provide students with a safe and inclusive environment that introduces them to, helps them maintain, or assists in advancing a balanced lifestyle focused on physical wellness, social wellness, and mental wellness; while also providing students and organizations with a place to study, interact, program, and host events/meetings for the campus community.  This is ensured by providing quality facilities, programs, and services throughout the academic year.

Recreation Mission:
To foster an environment of inclusivity where any and all persons feel welcomed and supported to pursue their own desired paths of wellness; while providing opportunities for new experiences to engage different individuals in healthy dialogues and interactions that creates an experiential and educational experience.  To be a catalyst on campus for introducing the campus community to and working to maintain and advance the notion of developing and maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Chess Center Descriptions:

The Chess Center has three major components to it.  The top-level is primarily a meeting/studying space for students and student organizations.  The middle level is a fitness floor.  The bottom level is primarily programming space with a late-night dining option.  Below you will find more detailed descriptions of these areas.

Chess Hours of Operation:

Faculty & Staff: 6:00 AM - Closing everyday (Pending COVID Mandates)

Students: (Pending COVID Mandates)

Monday: 8:00 AM - Midnight

Tuesday: 8:00 AM - Midnight

Wednesday: 8:00 AM - Midnight

Thursday: 8:00 AM - Midnight

Friday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Sunday:  10:00 AM - Midnight

*During Finals Week we are open 24/7!

Chess Upper Level:

Chess Center  Chess Center


In the Upper Level, we have 4 rooms that are reservable for studying and for student organizations.  They are Chess 300, 302, 304, and 318.  The Upper Level is also home to a Student Study Center, pictured below.  Students can utilize this space to access tutors for specific classes.

Study Center room picture

Chess Fitness Level:

The Chess Fitness level has weight equipment both free weights and selectorized.  It also has cardio-based equipment and a functional fitness area.  In the back half of the floor, there is the Aerobics Room where students can gain a more private setting to do core and calisthenic-based workouts.  The Aerobics Room is also where our Wellness Activity Classes are held. 

Wellness Activity Classes (Pending COVID Mandates)

Chess Center

Below you can find a list of our classes and a link to be able to sign-up for them.  They are for students only and are completely free for the students to use.

PiYo Class

Stability Ball Core Strengthening Class

Yoga Class

Cycling Class

Chess Lower Level:

Chess Center

The is home to MPB programming on Friday and Saturday nights.  During the week a variety of other clubs and organizations will utilize this space.  It is one of the largest indoor programming spaces on campus with lots of built-in technology to meet the programming needs of our student body.  On the back half of this floor is the Winn Cafe.  The Winn serves as a late-night dining option for the students.  Below you can find the hours for The Winn.

Chess Center

Winn Cafe Hours

Sunday - 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Monday - 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Tuesday - 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Wednesday - 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Thursday - 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Friday - 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Saturday - 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

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