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 Description
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.
- Hours of Operation
Monday 7:00-7:50 am and 3:00 – 11:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 – 7:50 am, 11:00 am – Noon, and 2:00 – 11:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 – 7:50 am and 3:00 – 11:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 – 7:50 am, 11:00 am – Noon, and 2:00 – 11:00 pm
Friday 7:00-7:50 am and 3:00 – 11:00 pm
Saturday Noon – 1:00 am
Sunday 2:00 – 11:00 pm
- Fitness Floor Hours During COVID
Monday: 7:00 - 7:50 AM / 3:00 - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 - 7:50 AM / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM / 3:30 - 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 - 7:50 AM / 3:00 - 11:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 - 7:50 AM / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM / 3:30 - 11:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 - 7:50 AM / 3:00 - 1:00 AM
Saturday: Noon - 1:00 AM
Sunday: 2:00 - 11:00 PM
- Chess Upper Floor
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.
- 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
Due to COVID-19 we are not offering any Wellness Activity Classes at this time. Historically we have offered classes such as PiYo, Yoga, Zumba, Cardio Kickboxing, Stability Ball Core, Cycling, and Pound.
- Chess Lower Level
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.
- 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