Hartwick Celebrates Campaign Funded Construction and Renovation ProjectsFebruary 17, 2014
On Saturday, February 15, hundreds of Hartwick students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the College gathered to celebrate the official dedication of the new William V. Campbell H'10 Fitness Center and the fully renovated Stack Lounge.
The $3.4 million dollar construction and renovation project was designed by Holt Architects of Syracuse, with Eastman Associates of Oneonta serving as general contractor for construction. The Campbell Fitness Center is a new building that houses cardio, strength training and exercise facilities. The renewed Stack Lounge is housed within the Dewar Union student center.
The projects are part of Hartwick's $32 million fundraising campaign, The Campaign For Hartwick Students: It's Personal. The Campaign will fund a wide variety of initiatives, all with the goal of strengthening the student experience.
Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich explained the importance that projects within the Campaign have in contributing to the overall liberal arts experience at Hartwick.
"Today, a great education means quality instruction in state-of-the-art facilities," said Drugovich. "And it means international experiences, intensive research, and community service - all of which we now recognize as hallmarks of a Hartwick education. In addition to valuing a honed intellect, we have come to understand the importance of a healthy mind and a healthy body. These two spaces - The Campbell Fitness Center and Stack Lounge - are a perfect complement to the traditional components of an excellent education we have offered for generations. These spaces honor and support our dedication to the fullness and richness of our students and of our community."
The dedication ceremony was opened by Vice President for College Advancement Jim Broschart, who shared an update on the momentum of the Campaign.
"This is a day we've eagerly anticipated for months as we've watched this structure rise on the side of Oyaron Hill," said Broschart. "We are celebrating The Campaign for Hartwick Students. Our goal is $32 million and to date, generous alumni, parents, and friends have donated more than $23.4 million - nearly three-quarters of our goal."
In a videotaped message, the Fitness Center's namesake, William V. Campbell H'10, echoed Broschart's sentiment and the premise of the Campaign, saying, "The title of this Campaign is right on the mark - at Hartwick, it's personal."
In addition to the Campbell Fitness Center, spaces that were dedicated during the ceremony include:
- The Perrella Cardio & Strength Training Center in the fitness center, named in honor of a leadership gift from Hartwick alumnus and parent Frank E. Perrella, class of 1950;
- The Hutman Studio for dance and group exercise, named in appreciation of a bequest from Hartwick Professor Emerita Dr. Norma Louise Hutman;
- The French Atrium in Stack Lounge, recognizing a generous gift from alumni family Debra Fischer French, class of 1980; Steven French, class of 1980, and William French, class of 2009
- The Dewar Den in Stack Lounge, recognizing a gift from the Dewar Foundation, Inc.
Principal project donor William V. Campbell H'10 is Chairman of the Board Directors of Intuit Inc. He was Hartwick's commencement speaker in 2010. At that time, Hartwick celebrated Campbell's notable career and leadership in, and beyond, the technology industry. Campbell is a 2010 recipient of an honorary degree from Hartwick College.
In his dedication ceremony remarks, Campbell said, "It is my distinct pleasure to be a part of Hartwick College through my support and through Hartwick's comprehensive Campaign." Campbell shared that while the fitness center bears his name, it will be dedicated to the memory of his great friend, former Hartwick Board Chair Dr. James Elting.
"When Jim said that Hartwick College was a quality place in every way, I took him for his word, and knew that it would be true," Campbell said. "Once I came to campus in 2010, I saw for myself why Hartwick meant so much to Jim. I also made this gift out of respect for President Margaret Drugovich. When I met her at Commencement 2010, I immediately knew that she was my kind of leader. Every time I've seen her since, I've developed a deeper appreciation for her leadership and for where Hartwick is headed."
Campbell then addressed Hartwick College students directly.
"To the students of Hartwick, please know that my investment in Hartwick is an investment in each of you ... in your individual health and well-being, in your strong sense of community, and in your College," he said. "Hartwick is an impressive place - an important place, and I'm proud to be part of its future."
Chair of the Hartwick College Board of Trustees Francis Landrey P'06 shared the perspective of the College's Board of Trustees.
"In a world that is focused on instant, and fleeting, communication and gratification, it is important to understand that communities are not made more resilient and sustainable overnight," he said. "Instead it requires the accumulation of years of engagement, participation and commitment. If we can see beyond today's challenges, it is because we stand upon the foundation of those who came before us. As Trustees, we strive to build upon the insightful decisions of Hartwick's past leaders, including those who approved the Campaign in 2010."
Student Senate President Colin A. Blydenburgh '14 spoke on behalf of the student body.
"Throughout the history of our institution there have been many milestones that have set the course and the future of the college," said Blydenburgh. "Today, we stand at the opening of the newly renovated Stack Lounge and newly completed Campbell Fitness Center. Today ... we have reached yet another landmark, and the college is on a path for greater things to come."
Drugovich said, "Because of the generosity of nine individuals, two foundations and one corporation, generations of Hartwick students will gather, relax, dance and exercise. They will be happy, they will be healthy, and we are grateful."
For more information on The Campaign for Hartwick Students, contact Broschart at 607-431-4026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.
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