On Sept. 3, the University embarked on what President Carol Cartwright called “one of the most significant building and remodeling programs in our history.”
The occasion was the groundbreaking for the Stroh Center, BGSU’s future convocation center near Doyt Perry Stadium, scheduled for completion in late 2011.
The president thanked the donors to the $36 million project, beginning with former BGSU trustee Kerm Stroh and his family. Their lead donation of $7.7 million is the largest single private gift in the University’s soon-to-be 100-year history.
Cartwright also thanked BGSU students, who voted in March to affirm the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) endorsement of a student fee to help fund the center. “Like the previous generations that gave us facilities like the Student Recreation Center and the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, today’s students have made a commitment to the future of BGSU,” Cartwright said.
Emceeing the groundbreaking ceremony were two of those students, Sundeep Mutgi, USG president, and Sarah Clapper, a co-captain of the 2009-10 women’s basketball team.
The center will be “the most environmentally friendly building on campus,” the president added, and coming with it will be other facility improvements, most notably the new Wolfe Center for the Arts, academic building renovations, and new and upgraded residence and dining halls.
“It’s all part of preparing BGSU for its second century of service—giving our University the world-class facilities it needs to support its world-class programs.”