Thursday, January 03, 2008
Tremendous community and alumni support for the new athletics complex, anchored by the 9,000-seat football stadium, has been strengthened by a bold vote by the Student Government Association for a student facility fee to augment private fundraising efforts.
The unanimous SGA vote allows the university to expand the scope of the athletics complex project. The additional funding opens the door to move all athletics activities to UWG’s new adjacent acreage, which will, in turn, free up valuable space in the heart of the campus for future academic facilities.
According to Rob Kelly, SGA president, “The members of SGA are ecstatic to have the opportunity to leave such a long-lasting impression on West Georgia. It is almost mind-blowing to think of how great of an impact these changes will have on our students as well as our campus.”
Praising SGA’s foresight and commitment to creating a lasting legacy on campus, Ed Murphy, athletics director, said, “These students impressed me so much with their responsibility and courage to change the course of the university.”
Just one example of project enhancements enabled by the SGA vote is the construction at the stadium site of an athletics administration building, rather than just a field house, to house locker rooms, weight and training rooms, the academic support lab, an assembly area and Department of Athletics offices. A second new addition is a women’s field house to be built between the women’s softball and soccer fields.
According to Dr. Andrew Leavitt, associate vice president for development and alumni relations, a stadium fundraising faculty and staff drive will kick off in January with the theme of “Match a Student.”
“The long-range project is now more complex and requires continued commitment from all UWG supporters,” Leavitt said. “We will be asking faculty and staff to consider making a gift to the campaign to match the yearly fee of $120 that UWG students will pay. A one-time gift, or annual gifts of $120 over a period of years, will help us build a place to call home.”
Groundbreaking plans are being made for spring 2008 in anticipation of playing football on our own field in fall 2009.