Campus News 2008

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2008

Schreiner University breaks ground for $20 million Mountaineer Center  

With great ceremony and a trumpet fanfare, Schreiner University broke ground May 15 for the first phase of the $20 million Mountaineer Center for Recreation and Athletics. Phase I will include a fitness and wellness facility, as well as improvements to the existing Edington Gymnasium and tennis courts.

Groundbreaking - Matt Goodwyn, Randy Robert, Dr. Tim SummerlinSymbolically tossing the dirt aside for Schreiner's new Mountaineer Center are, left to right, Matt Goodwyn, Schreiner director of Campus Recreation and director of The Mountaineer Center; Randy Roberts, president of Schreiner’s board of trustees; and Schreiner President Dr. Tim Summerlin. The first phase of the project is expected to be ready to open in 2009.

“The first phase of our Mountaineer Center project will bless the whole campus community,” Dr. Tim Summerlin, Schreiner president said. “In particular, our new fitness and wellness facilities will enable us to deliver on our commitment to holistic learning by serving the physical needs of our students and lifelong healthy habits of all who use them.”

Construction for the center is planned to take place in three phases. When complete, the center will house intercollegiate and intramural sports, community events, classrooms and offices.

Planning for the Mountaineer Center began in 2005 and involved the hard work and vision of Schreiner students, administration, staff and faculty, as well as contributions from donors.

“I am humbled by the generosity of many who made this project possible,” Mark Tuschak, vice president for advancement and public affairs, said. “The steering committee and board of trustees have tirelessly worked for more than two years to raise funds for the Mountaineer Center. I am grateful to Rick Cree and Randy Roberts for their leadership and to all the members of the Mountaineer Center Steering Committee for their hard work. And I want to especially thank everyone who made a donation to this project. By their giving, they demonstrated their belief in the wonderful work happening at Schreiner and are an important part in helping Schreiner to become better than it’s ever been.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Summerlin announced that Schreiner had received a $1.3 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation in support of the Mountaineer Center. The Foundation recently confirmed that Schreiner has satisfied the terms of the grant. The Mabee Foundation, established in 1948 by John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee, provides grants to schools, organizations and churches in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Peg Layton, vice president for enrollment and student services, believes the Mountaineer Center will have a positive effect for student recruitment.

“For many prospective students visiting our campus, this impressive new facility will certainly be an important factor when they are considering all that Schreiner has to offer,” she said.

The first phase of construction is expected to be completed in time for the center to open in 2009.

For more information about Schreiner University, please visit our Web site at www.schreiner.edu.

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