Alumni Gifts Enhance Athletic Facilities, Support Panther Student-Athletes
Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has
received three leadership phase gifts of $50,000 from Richard and Lynda
Maxwell, The McCurdy Family, and Jonathan and Sharon Michael.
$150,000 gift will be used to renovate athletic facilities on campus, including
the football, and women’s basketball and volleyball locker rooms, which are
located inside Alumni Hall.
These upgrades will offer student-athletes a more
comfortable and spirited environment in which to relax, change and gather with
teammates and coaches.
participate in intramural sports, in a club, on a varsity team or as a spectator,
athletics plays an important role in many students’ college experiences,” said
Richard Maxwell, a 1969 graduate of ODU and university trustee. “We hope our
gift helps to enhance those experiences for everyone.”
include new hardwood lockers, slip-resistant flooring, interior construction to
provide space for additional lockers, and new interior branding to promote the
athletic department’s commitment to “life in the balance,” which is the NCAA
Division II’s approach to athletic and scholastic achievement.
several of the locker rooms and restoration of the Alumni Hall gymnasium floor were
completed before the beginning of the fall athletic season. Additional
renovations are scheduled to take place throughout the coming year.
Dominican University is blessed to have proud alumni who demonstrate their
appreciation for their ODU education through generous financial support,” said
ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. “The McCurdy, Michael, and Maxwell families
have shown leadership and steadfast commitment to providing our student-athletes
and coaches with first-class facilities that meet the needs of our NCAA
Division II programs. Further, as members of ODU’s Board of Trustees, each of
these families has been instrumental in guiding the University toward a goal of
growth and sustainable success.”
leadership phase gifts assist ODU Athletics in entering the public phase of a
campaign to raise more than $300,000. With slightly more than $50,000 remaining
to reach the first phase’s goal, the athletic department will renovate the
remaining men’s and women’s soccer locker rooms, and install additional marketing
displays throughout Alumni Hall.
“With many former
student-athletes and Ohio Dominican alumni in the McCurdy family, we have
always known the important role athletics plays in the life of a college
student,” said Patrick McCurdy, a 1975 graduate of ODU and university trustee.
“Supporting athletics through philanthropy is one way for our family to provide
the resources ODU student-athletes need to enjoy continued success both on and
off the field. We hope others will join us in continuing the long tradition of
building strong athletic and academic programs at Ohio Dominican University.”
family has a long history of success at ODU. Alumni family members include
Robert ’74, Patrick ’75 and Cheryl (Spellacy) ’77, Patricia (Spellacy) ’80,
Scott D. ’09, Jason M. ’11 and Brad ’16 McCurdy. The McCurdy family founded
Kimball Midwest, a leader in industrial maintenance and national distributor of
more than 45,000 products for maintenance, repair and operations. Patrick is president
and chief executive officer of Kimball Midwest.
Maxwell is the founder and chief executive officer of Maxwell Financial
Management, an independent financial services firm located in New Albany, Ohio.
Michael is a 1977 graduate of ODU and a member of the university’s Board of
Trustees. He serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of RLI
Corp., a specialty insurance company based in Illinois.
is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution,
founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has
approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as
well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion
with a purpose.