Gift Supports Hogan Center Construction
The basketball court in the new Hogan Center gymnasium/convocation
center at Alma College will be named in recognition of a major gift
from the C.S. and Marion McIntyre Foundation.
The $250,000 gift will go toward the construction of the Hogan Center
addition that will provide a new home court for the varsity men’s and
women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams. The facility also will
serve as the primary venue for commencement, convocations, major
speakers, concerts and other campus events.
The court will be named The Charlie and Marion McIntyre Court.
James 'Mac" McIntyre, overlooking McIntyre Mall
“We wanted to help kick off the fund-raising campaign for the Hogan Center,” says James McIntyre, a 1969 Alma College alumnus, Board of Trustees member and family representative to the foundation. “We believe in the Hogan project. The older gymnasium was built when I was a student, and now there is twice the number of varsity sports teams. The College needs more space to adequately serve its student-athletes.”
College trustees authorized last February facility improvements totaling $18.75 million for academic, student life and administrative space and renovations to the Hogan Center, home of the College’s NCAA Division III athletics program.
Hogan Center renovations, totaling $12.65 million, will include the construction of the new gymnasium/convocation center, significant improvements to the pool, locker room renovations, and redesigned space for the athletic training program. The new athletic facility also will be handicap accessible, with a ground-level entrance, new elevator and handicap spectator seating in the pool area.
The project will be funded
by a combination of fund-raising and borrowed dollars through the sale
An artist's drawing of the new Hogan Center gymnasium/convocation center.
Construction will begin in spring 2009 pending approval
of the Board of Trustees. Preliminary plans call for the new gymnasium,
entrance corridor and lobby to be constructed as an addition to the
Hogan Center on the building’s southeast corner.
“The McIntyre family and Alma College have been partners for over 50 years, and I can’t imagine what Alma College would look like without the commitment of Charles and Jim McIntyre and the McIntyre Foundation,” says Carol Hyble, vice president for advancement at Alma College. “They have taken us forward through their leadership and financial support. They have made an impact and created a wonderful legacy.”
The Hogan Physical Education Center, now Hogan Center, was constructed in 1969 when there were eight varsity athletic teams, all male. Since then, the numbers of students using the facility has greatly increased and the growth of women’s athletics has soared. Alma now has 18 varsity teams.
The McIntyre Foundation, headquartered in Detroit, has contributed to many efforts at Alma College, including the College’s general endowment, The Charles S. and Marion F. McIntyre Endowed Scholarship, the Alan J. Stone Recreation Center, the main lobby of the Remick Heritage Center, the McIntyre Center for Exercise and Health Center, and the original construction and 2004 update of McIntyre Mall, the scenic outside mall around Alma’s academic buildings.
Charles McIntyre was a member of the Alma College Board of Trustees from 1952 until his death in 1982. His son, James McIntyre, has been a member of the board since 1983.
Posted: Mon, July 28th, 2008 at 3:49PM