EOU UPGRADES BOOST ENROLLMENT
By Raenelle Kwock
Athletic and recreational facilities at Eastern Oregon University have been upgraded in the last four years.
The fitness center addition, Community Stadium renovation project, new baseball scoreboard, multipurpose fields project, track and field facility upgrade and new soccer field scoreboard cost approximately $3.1 million.
No general funds or state tax dollars were used on any of the projects. The money was only available for projects that affect and enhance the experience for students.
"We have been very fortunate to have been able to access these dollars," EOU Director of Athletics Rob Cashell said.
"It has taken the hard work of many people including our past Vice President for Business and Finance Darlene Morgan, our Plant Services Directors Matt Graves (former) and Mike Rhodes (current), former Athletic Director Peggy Anderson, and most importantly our student leadership of Scott Pugrud, Vince Donivan and Mike Freese.
"Each of these individuals played a significant role in the tremendous transformation of our facilities," Cashell added.
First, the fitness center addition, completed in 2000-01, expanded the facility, providing new individual team locker rooms and remodeled the public locker rooms. It has new fitness equipment.
Second, the Community Stadium renovation project, completed in 2003, involved adding 1,200 to the seating capacity; new restrooms; new concessions and merchandise sales areas; eight suites that house game management personnel, media, statisticians, home and visiting coaches and booster areas; and an elevator for access.
Third, baseball received a new scoreboard in 2003.
Fourth, the multipurpose fields project, completed in 2004, involved a new practice and competition soccer field for women, a football practice/recreation field and intramural field.
Fifth, the track and field facility upgrade was completed in 2004. There is an expanded high jump area, expanded and redone long jump and pole vault runways, completely redone lane one and full track restripping and protective resurface coat.
Lastly, the new soccer field scoreboard was completed in 2004.
"Our facilities provide a great atmosphere for athletics and recreation," Cashell said. "It is an important component of our recruitment efforts for student athletes, as well as the general student population. Quality facilities help drive enrollment."
Cashell said a bulk of the work was done by local contractors and subcontractors, and La Grande High School benefits from the stadium project because they use Community Stadium for all varsity football home games.
Changes at EOU
2000-01 Fitness Center Addition. Cost Approximately $1.6 million. Source OUS system student building fee dollars. Contractor Mike Becker General Contractor
2003 Community Stadium Renovation Project. Cost Approximately $750,000. Source OUS system student building fee dollars. Contractor WC Construction.
New baseball scoreboard. Cost Approximately $25,000. Source EOU student fee program enhancement program.
2004 Multipurpose fields project. Cost Approximately $750,000. Source OUS system student building fees. Contractor Mike Becker General Contractor.
Track and Field facility upgrade. Costs Approximately $40,000. Source EOU student fee program enhancement program.
New soccer field scoreboard. Cost Approximately $15,000. Source EOU student fee program enhancement program.