Wellness and Recreation Center

COVID-19 Operational Update  

Effective: 11/16/2020

The Wellness Center capacity is reduced to a maximum of 18 people, and 14 for the group exercise studio. 

The Bouldering Wall is closed

All intramural sports are cancelled.  

Please plan ahead and try to avoid the busier hours of 4:00pm - 6:00pm. 


Thanksgiving Break Hours

Monday – Tuesday:         9:00am – 2:00pm & 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Wednesday:                     10:00am – 1:00pm & 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Thursday – Sunday:         Closed

The Wellness Center will have the following hours starting Monday, November 30.

Monday – Friday:            10:00am – 1:00pm & 4:00pm – 7:00pm*

Saturday & Sunday:       CLOSED

*Hours are subject to change. 


Academic Year Hours*

Starting: Wednesday, August 19

Monday-Friday: 
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*The Wellness Center will close if South Dakota Mines Campus closes due to inclement weather.

Reduced hours of operation (including closure) are in effect during semester breaks, university holidays, and other scheduled breaks. Please refer to this website and/or signage posted within the facility for hours of operation.

General Information

The Stephen D. Newlin Family Wellness & Recreation Center is exclusive to all students, faculty, and staff of South Dakota Mines. Guests are not permitted to use the facility. 

It is required before any usage of the facility that all users must sign a Waiver of Liability located at the front desk of the Wellness Center. All South Dakota Mines users are asked to check-in at the front desk of the Wellness Center with their Mines ID upon beginning your workout. 

Rules & Guidelines
Code of Conduct
Policy Manual


About the Stephen D. Newlin Family Student Wellness & Recreation Center

The Wellness & Recreation Center offers students 34,000 square feet of space to enjoy, including a large fitness and workout area, group exercise studio, bouldering wall, two-court gym, locker rooms, and racquetball courts.  

Spearheaded by a grassroots student initiative, the Stephen D. Newlin Family Student Wellness & Recreation Center was made possible by $6.7 million raised through a student-led activity fee increase and a generous $2 million gift from alumnus Stephen D. Newlin, for whom the facility is named.

The two-court Harvey Fraser Gym is named for former South Dakota Mines President Harvey Fraser. Generous gifts from South Dakota Mines alumni Bill Brodsky, Larry Pearson, and Doug Beck and their spouses, Judy Brodsky, Linda Pearson, and Leah Beck, combined with more than 400 contributors, completed the $1 million gymnasium naming project.

Hardrocker Intramurals

Intramural Sports or commonly referred to as IMs are organized sports activities offered to meet the physical, social, and recreational needs of the South Dakota Mines community. The program promotes team and individual competition in leagues or tournament formats. Participation is free and open to current students, faculty, and staff.  

Find more information on events and registration deadlines.

  • Flag Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Coed Wiffle Ball
  • 3-on-3 Basketball
  • Esports
  • Cornhole (Bags)
  • Archery Tag
  • Co-ed Kickball
  • Volleyball
  • 5-on-5 Basketball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Dodgeball
  • And More!

The yearly intramural schedule is subject to change. The latest Intramural schedule can be found HERE

Are you fit? Are you HARDROCKER fit?


Fraser Gym

Fraser Gym 1 March2015

Fraser Gym 3 March2015

COVID-19 Changes to Operations 

  • Inside the Student Wellness & Recreation Center, a face mask is required while exercising and engaging in recreational physical activity within the Wellness Center, Group Exercise Studio, Bouldering Wall, Racquetball Courts, Basketball Courts, locker rooms, and common areas.
  • A new waiver must be completed before you utilize the facility.
  • Please wash your hands before and after you use the Wellness Center for at least 20 seconds or apply hand sanitizer.
  • Set capacity limits of 44 people for the Center, 14 for the group exercise studio, and 4 for the Climbing Wall.
  • A 60-minute time limit for workouts.
  • Do not share equipment, mats, or weights. Wipe off equipment for the next person.
  • No spotting Allowed (Lift only weight you can control).
  • No “working in” on equipment. Finish sets and wipe off equipment for the next person.
  • Maintain 6ft social distancing CDC guidelines.
  • Locker rooms are open for use with social distancing guidelines in place. 

For the latest COVID-19 information visit our Rockers Return page.