The doors are open and students, athletes, faculty and coaches are thrilled with the beautiful, functional space at the new Student Activities and Events Center.
Since fall semester 2020, students have been gathering for small events and classes that hold up to 96 spots. The women’s volleyball team christened the space with the first sports event during a home opener, followed by men’s and women’s basketball.
This 24,000 square-foot facility, with a 10,918 two story gymnasium, seats 1,000 at an athletic event, and up to 350 people for special events and seated dinners.
With a gym and activity center on campus, it will be easier for students to come to our games. A larger crowd, especially of our fellow students, will energize our teams, and motivate us to win in front of our home crowd. It will also help student athletes like me more easily balance academics and athletics.
Trequan Spivey, sophomore, men's basketball player and sports management major
A campus events center and gymnasium allows for a more vibrant student life experience. It provides a place for dances, concerts, exhibitions, intramural competition, speakers, convocations, and other activities that engage students, and gives them a place to belong on campus. Engaged students are more likely to stay in school to graduate, creating a more educated community and alumni base in the region.
A 23,000 square foot events center and gym on campus creates opportunities for our students to easily support their athletic teams, building school spirit and growing attendance at games. It also attracts high-quality student athletes —those who excel both on the court and in the classroom — to enroll on our campus.
A campus events center and gym provides learning space outside the classrooms, where students can participate in conferences, presentations, and team building. It also offers an exciting venue for new student orientation, and hands-on learning activities.
This isn’t just any activities center. With a few minor adjustments – carpet squares, curtains, and lights – it can be transformed into an elegant and inviting event space for the campus and community. We want this to be a place where people will come together for celebrations, collaboration, and inspiration!
Together, we can create a space where students feel at home. We will build camaraderie and school spirit and bring more and more people to athletic events on our campus. We can provide a place for events, concerts, lectures, and other learning experiences for students and the community alike. We will build an even more effective community gathering place for all.
There is a cost to providing this kind of space. Estimated costs for the events center are approximately $8.4 million. Our campus’ goal is to raise $3 million.
Please join us by becoming a part of the next chapter and leave your legacy. The time is now. Learn more about naming opportunities and how to contribute by calling the development office at 765-455-9485.
Whether it's volleyball games, the activities fair, Chancellor's Guild dinners, classes, or a basketball tournament, the Student Activities and Events Center will act as a hub of activity for our students, athletes, alumni, and the community
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