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Athletics phonathon targets Academics Services and plaza area

October 28, 2003


As part of the Universitys annual phonathon, Austin Peay athletics has kicked off its fundraising efforts with a goal of raising money to build an Athletics Academics Service Center in the Dunn Center with a related Governors Plaza adjacent to the Governors Tennis Center.

With the Universitys student weight room soon moving across campus, the goal is to transform that area–located underneath the south end Dunn Center reserved seating–into an academic center.
October 28, 2003


As part of the University's annual phonathon, Austin Peay athletics has kicked off its fundraising efforts with a goal of raising money to build an Athletics Academics Service Center in the Dunn Center with a related Governors Plaza adjacent to the Governors Tennis Center.

With the University's student weight room soon moving across campus, the goal is to transform that area—located underneath the south end Dunn Center reserved seating—into an academic center.

“I think the Academic Center is critical to our continued servicing of our student-athletes,” says Athletics Director Dave Loos. “It has been a credit to our student-athletes and our academic services people over the years the success they
have been able to achieve academically, like earning the Ohio Valley Conference Academic Banner this past year.

“This area certainly will enhance our student-athletes' ability to learn. Our plan is populate this area with computers and other study materials in an environment more conducive to learning. As a result of their practice and playing schedules, often it is hard for our student-athletes to access some of the materials and computers on campus.”

Related to this is what currently is being termed Governors Plaza, an area behind the softball field's right-field fence and adjacent to the Governors Tennis Center. This plaza area will be landscaped with trees, pavilions, a fountain, park benches and tables among many other items. It will be used to recognize past letter winners, championships and other major accomplishments.

To fund both the Academic Services area and Governors Plaza, Austin Peay is selling bricks8-x-8 inch ($150) and 4-x-8 inch ($100) with the respective donors' names and other vital information engraved on the bricksthat will serve as the plaza's heart and focal point.

“The plaza was the brainchild of (assistant athletics director/athletic trainer) Chuck Kimmel,” Loos says. “We envision it being able to accommodate many activities. We see it as a gathering area for our alumni, athletes and fans. It will be used, for instance, for football tailgate parties or other pre- or-post-game activities for soccer, softball and even baseball. We see our student-athletes using it as a gathering place or just a relaxing study area when weather permits.

“And for our athletic alums, it will be something tangible to show their familiesa brick with his or her name on it; championship recognition, or other accomplishments. We know there are timeslike weekends or holidayswhen our alums might be in town or on campus but the computer lab might be closed. The plaza always will be there.”

Loos believes the new plaza also can enhance other areas.

“Our coaches already have seen the value of our new (athletics) weight room as far as recruiting is concerned,” Loos says. “I think these two projects will do nothing but help attract the quality student-athletes we are seeking.”

Not only are bricks available for purchase but naming rights to the pavilions, park benches and the fountain also are available.

For more donation information, telephone 7903.
—Brad Kirtley