SCF Venice Celebrates Opening of Fit Trail

(Bradenton, Fla., June 7, 2011) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students, faculty and staff celebrated the opening of the Fit Trail at SCF Venice on May 16.

Led by SCF Venice Provost Darlene Wedler-Johnson, students, faculty and staff walked the trail for the first time at the celebration. Designed to promote health and wellness at the College and in the community, the Fit Trail winds three-quarters of a mile around a beautiful lake, giving joggers and walkers an opportunity to catch a glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitats.

Two student organizations, Student Government Association and Health and Wellness Club, took the lead role in helping plan the Fit Trail. Faculty members involved in planning the Fit Trail were Jeff Snyder, advisor, office of student life; Dr. Andy Swanson, associate professor, natural sciences, and Health and Wellness Club advisor; Dr. Felix Rizk, professor, natural sciences; Dr. Sheri Chejlyk, associate professor, social and behavioral sciences; and Mary Lazier, assistant professor, language and literature.

At the celebration, Wedler-Johnson recognized SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner and Traci Steen, associate vice president of facilities, planning and maintenance, for their leadership and commitment to health and wellness at SCF.

BMK Architect, Sarasota, was the designer and AD Morgan, Bradenton, was the construction manager.

The Fit Trail, which includes 10 exercise stations for a balanced exercise routine, is ADA compliant. The Fit Trail is free and open to the public. Trail hours are from dawn to dusk. No motorized vehicles or bicycles are allowed. The trail is accessible between buildings 100 and 500. Maps and directions are online at

 Fit Trail
 Zaph Manigat, SCF Venice Student Government Association (SGA)
 officer; SCF Venice Provost Darlene Wedler-Johnson; Traci Steen,
 associate vice president of facilities, planning and maintenance;
 Dr. Felix Rizk, professor, natural sciences

Fit Trail
 SCF student Patrick McPadden; Dr. Felix Rizk, professor, natural
 sciences; Dr. Andy Swanson, associate professor, natural sciences;
 SCF Venice Provost Darlene Wedler-Johnson; Jeff Snyder, advisor,
 office of student life; and Student Government Association officers
 Ashley Darr and Zaph Manigat

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