Where we’re headed
Written by Yvonne Schroeder • Photography by Andrew Volk
The increase of the Vision for the Future capital campaign goal to at least $110 million over the next four years supports the facilities necessary to accommodate the projected main campus enrollment of 1,600 and resident student body of 1,200 by 2012.
Construction is underway for four new student apartment buildings overlooking the university’s Zollner Golf Course, which will add 388 beds for the influx of students.
Apartments for the first 108 students will open Aug. 1, in time for students to occupy them this fall. Apartments to house the next 300 students will open in January 2009. The razing of Stewart Hall, the last dormitory on campus, will then take place to make way for a new tennis complex.
As part of the movement to step up the master plan to transform the campus, the Board of Trustees approved $5.5 million currently in use for the sole purpose of improving athletic facilities.
Construction crews have built a new football field with artificial turf. Other improvements completed include two new practice football fields. Thunder Sports Park will receive a facelift, with new parking areas, curbs, and sidewalks. A new grandstand and press box will enhance the Jannen Field baseball diamond.
A new football stadium complete with locker rooms, restrooms, and concessions to accommodate the sports of football, lacrosse, and soccer will follow in the near future. Overlooking the stadium will be four hotel rooms that will convert to hospitality rooms on game days for the comfort of weekend visitors and the convenience of special fans and guests.
On TSU’s 18-hole championship Zollner Golf Course, redesigned greens, fairways, bunkers, and ponds have increased the challenge and excitement of play. In addition, a new driving range with target greens is under construction.
The expanded master plan also calls for a new field house with a 200-meter indoor track, to connect with Hershey Hall. The field house will benefit all TSU student-athletes and intramurals participants. It will also see use for special dinners and events.
New projects planned for the near future include the interior renovation of Ketner School of Business, the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, and the Franks School of Education.