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Wellness Institute

Sponsored by the Mueller Center & Rensselaer Union, The Wellness Institute is a program that encourages and promotes a healthy lifestyle, both body and mind, as a valuable life skill to the Rensselaer community. The program is designed to be a campus-wide, collaborative effort promoting existing and new health and wellness initiatives. It is our hope that you will find us to be a campus resource for health and wellness information, and a support system to enhance your educational and life goals.


Signature Events

Stress Relief Days: Each semester on the Reading Days, just before final exams, we host the Stress Relief Days program. This two day event includes fitness classes, chair massages, THERAPY DOGS, stress management tools and resources, healthy snacks and nutrition tips, & more.

Specialized Wellness Programs: Each month, we host an event that will feature a specific health and well-being topic. Featured events include  Resolution  Goals,  Ladies  Lift  +  Learn,  Fresh  Check  Day,  Benefits  of  Sleep,  Heart  Health,  Stress  Relief, Nutrition 101 and more. A variety of fitness classes are offered, as well as, cardio and weight-training tutorials, chair massages, art therapy, and healthy snacks. We encourage the campus community to join us in a day of health and wellness education and classes.


Wild Wellness Wednesday

Description: Hosted by The Wellness Institute and R.O.P.E. and sponsored by The Mueller Center, Wild Wellness Wednesday consists of on campus and off campus trips focused around recreation and wellness. Past events include  GOAT YOGA, Berry Picking, Kayaking on the Hudson, Hiking through the Catskill Mountains, and  Specialized Fitness Classes. Link to Facebook page / Instagram for upcoming events


Mental Health Mondays


For more information contact:

Lauren Maneri, Assistant Director, Wellness Program | 518-276-4122 |


Friday, September 6th, 2019

About Campus Recreation, Fitness & Wellness

Rensselaer Union sponsors recreational opportunities for the Rensselaer community.

Operating Hours

9:00 am-12:00 am
Monday - Thursday:
7:00 am-12:00 am
7:00 am-9:00 pm
9:00 am-7:00 pm

Academic Break Hours of Operation

Academic Break Hours will be announced several days before the break starts. 

**Subject to change during academic breaks, check social media and Union home page for updates.

Contact Info

Visit the Mueller Center during regular operating hours or call us at (518)276-2874.

Director of the Mueller Center, Recreation and Club Sports

Steve Allard 

Fitness Classes and General Information

Donna Sutton, Operations Specialist

John Nehrich, Program Coordinator


Assistant Director of Recreation and Outdoor Programs

James Bradbury


Assistant Director of Intramurals 

Jennifer Wehner


Assistant Director of Wellness Programs

Lauren Maneri 

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