MSU Finalizes Plans for Facility Dedications
Aug. 11, 2014
SPRINGFIELD - The landscape of the Missouri State University campus in Springfield has changed dramatically since the spring with several new recreation and athletics facilities nearing completion over the summer months.
A series of dedications and open house events will correlate with the year's first events at the facilities, including an MSU Athletics open house event on Sunday, Aug. 24 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event will feature free, guided tours of the renovated Robert W. Plaster Stadium, Jim D. Morris Basketball Complex, Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center, Betty and Bobby Allison North Stadium, and Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium. Transportation shuttles between the various venues will be in operation during the tours.
In addition, the following dedication events have been planned for Aug. 24 - Sept. 11 on the MSU campus to formally open each facility:
Betty and Bobby Allison South (Soccer and Track) Stadium Dedication
· Sunday, Aug. 24
Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center Dedication
· Friday, Sept. 5
Betty and Bobby Allison North (Field Hockey and Lacrosse) Stadium Dedication
· Sunday, Sept. 7
Betty and Bobby Allison Sand Volleyball Facility Dedication
· Tuesday, Sept. 9
Robert W. Plaster Stadium Dedication and Pep Rally
· Thursday, Sept. 11
The new venues for sand volleyball, soccer, track, field hockey and lacrosse, as well as the renovations at the football stadium were made possible by the MSU student body and its Bear Experience and Recreation (B.E.A.R.) Fee initiative in 2013. With an approval rate of more than 75 percent, the students passed a student fee of $50 per semester to help provide new and renovated athletic and recreational facilities on the Springfield campus.
The fee will generate approximately $1.6 million annually. Of that total, $200,000 annually will be used to enhance the student experience at athletic events through the creation of a student experience fund. The remaining $1.4 million will make the annual payments on approximately $20 million in bonds, which allowed for the construction of the four projects.
A generous gift from Bobby Allison has also made the new Allison North and Allison South stadiums, as well as the sand volleyball facility, possible.
The Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center was funded through private donations, including a lead gift by Dr. Wynn.
A native of Hartville, Mo., and 1953 MSU graduate, Wynn organized MSU women's athletics competitions in 1958 with the creation of volleyball and tennis teams. She retired in 1998 after 41 years engineering women's athletics programs on the Springfield campus. She was named the first director of women's athletics in 1975 and concluded her career as senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator.