OU Begins Fundraising For Athletic Academic Center

Ohio University last week announced a fundraising project for a brand-new advanced Academic Center that will certainly be located in the north end line of Peden Arena.

In June 2014, the Ohio University Foundation got a lead gift dedication of $2.25 million from Perry and Sandy Sook in support of this task, according to a newsa press release. The fundraising project – the Project for Academic Quality – will certainly seek to raise added funds to exceed the last objective of $5.5 million in order to optimize the structure quality and finance annual maintenance expenses, stated the release.

Constructing a brand-new scholastic center supports our vision of providing a top-tier student learning experience for our student-athletes, OU President Roderick J. McDavis stated in the release. They are students firstprimarily and offering Ohio (OU) student-athletes with a center will just help us to achieve our objective of supporting their academic success and degree attainment at a higher level.

The new facility, tentatively called the Perry amp; Sandy Sook Academic Center, will certainly be devoted for the use of OU student-athletes, to further improve their academic goals, according to the release. Michael Ashcraft, assistant director of media relations for OUs sports program, said in an e-mail Sunday that, according to a representative of the Ohio Bobcat Club, the center will certainly serve over 400 student athletes.

The addition of this facility will considerably boost our student-athletes academic potential, Director of Athletics Jim Schaus stated in the release. For this center to end up being a realitycome true, we have to produce more resources. I encourage everybody to considerto think about how they might participate in this unique job.

The scholastic center will certainly double the size of the current facility, while supplying student-athletes with a class, computer system laboratory, tutoring rooms, research rooms and personnel workplaces. On video game days, the center will transform into a hospitality location for contributors and fans.

Both Perry and Sandy Sook are 1980 graduates of the OU (now Scripps) College of Communication, with Sandy Sook likewise earning her masters in education from the (now Patton) College of Education in 1982. In acknowledgment of their lead gift, the academic center will be named in their honor (pending approval by the Ohio University Board of Trustees).

Perry Sook is the creator, chairman, head of state and CEO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. based in Irving, Texas. Sandy Sook has been a lifelong educator and is presently dealing with her argumentation for a doctorate in rhetoric at Texas Womans University in Denton, Texas.

As alumni, we desirewish to providerepay in a meansin a manner that will have a vibrant impactinfluence on a varied group of students, said Perry and Sandy Sook in a joint statement. Our passion for academics and our recognition for what intercollegiate athletics does for students and for the university is why we choseopted to support this job. We encourage good friends and alumni of Ohio University to purchase the Academic Center; this is an unique chance to support both academics and sports!

For even more informationTo learn more on The ProjectAdvocate Academic Quality, go to OhioBobcatClub.com/AcademicCenter or call 740-593-1176.

The Sooks gift belongs to OUs The Guarantee Lives Campaign, which topped its $450 million goal in April 2014, 14 months ahead of the June 30, 2015, due date. Currently protecting even more than $466 million, the Campaign continues to raise funds in support of students, professors, programs, collaborations and choose facilities at OU, according to the release.

Ashcraft stated that there is no particular date for construction of the center at this point; he stated as quickly as the fundraising is finished, building needs to start.


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