Mines celebrates opening of new student wellness center

Mines celebrated the grand opening of a new comprehensive student wellness center named for former Mines Physician Dr. W. Lloyd Wright, Sept. 14, 2012.

The new facility houses a number of student health and wellness services under one roof, including the Mabel M. Coulter Student Health Center, a student health benefits program office, student disability services, a dental clinic and academic and therapeutic counseling.

With more than 6,500 student visits to campus health and wellness facilities each year, the W. Llloyd Wright Student Wellness Center will greatly benefit the campus community by bringing these services together in a single state-of-the-art facility.

The $3.2 million, 10,000-square-foot building has been made possible in large part by the ongoing generosity of F. Steven and Gayle Mooney through their Galena Foundation. Steve Mooney, a 1956 alumnus and secretary of the CSM Foundation Board of Governors, is Dr. Wright’s nephew. He and his wife chose to name the wellness center for Steve’s uncle as a way to honor his service to the university and the Golden community.

Dr. Wright was awarded the Mines Medal in 1986 for his contributions to the campus community as its part-time physician. He practiced in Golden from 1946 until 1980, serving Mines until the late 1960s and later holding medical director positions at Coors Brewery and Rocky Flats. He and his wife, Jodie retired to Paonia, Colorado, where they remain active in their community.

“The impact of the Mooneys’ giving is seen all across the Mines campus, in the geology department, in the athletics arena, and in facilities such as this new wellness center,” said President Scoggins. “We are exceptionally grateful for their support and their enduring commitment to the mission of the university.”