Emory Report

 September 29, 1997

 Volume 50, No. 6

Seretean Center already
an asset to public health

With a bite into a bright, red apple, M. B. "Bud" Seretean "christened" a namesake facility on Sept. 19 that not only reflects his vision for improving health but will allow countless others to pursue their own healthy goals.

"Looks good, tastes good and really is good for you," Seretean said of the apple. He could as easily have been describing the M. B. Seretean Center for Health Promotion-a shining addition to the Emory community.

The opening of the Seretean Center means faculty and graduate students at the Rollins School will be able to conduct research and test the very latest in disease prevention and health promotion strategies. Several faculty members from the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion have moved their offices to the center.

Named for Seretean's sister, the center's 100-seat Phyllis S. Alperin Auditorium has been equipped with satellite transmission and distance learning capabilities. Not only are public health students already benefitting from taking graduate courses in the auditorium, but the public will benefit, too, by taking wellness classes designed by students and faculty in health education.

The 4,300-square-foot Earle B. and Stephanie S. Blomeyer Teaching and Resource Center, another component of the Seretean Center, houses additional classrooms, conference areas and a demonstration kitchen where graduate students learn to "teach" healthy cooking.

Also housed in the center will be the Southeastern Institute for Training and Evaluation. The institute provides public health educational outreach, needs assessment, curriculum development and evaluation expertise to communities throughout Georgia.

Located on the fifth floor, the 10,780-square-foot Earle B. and Stephanie S. Blomeyer Health Fitness Center includes a suspended-mezzanine, indoor running track. Services to Emory faculty and staff include computerized fitness assessments, personal training guidance, massage facilities, sauna, access to Cybex strength training equipment, Stairmasters, treadmills and lifecycles, and classes in step and traditional aerobics, spinning, body sculpting and circuit weight training.

Born in New York City, Seretean graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1949 and received his master's of science from New York University in 1950. He founded and was chairman and chief executive officer of Coronet Industries Inc. of Dalton for 30 years. He is presently chairman of the board of the Maxim Group and chairman and founder of Nova Laser Light Surgery Centers.

A former board member of RCA Corporation and Turner Broadcasting, Seretean also served as board chairman of the Oklahoma State University Foundation and the National Friendship Force. He is a past member of the U.S. President's Council on Physical Fitness. He is a member of the boards of the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Braves, and former president and general manager of the Atlanta Hawks.

-Lorri Preston

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