STANDISH, Maine - Saint Joseph's College celebrated the construction of its $4.7 million athletics complex with a ceremonial turf-setting event on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. on Westerlea Way on the Sebago Lake campus in Standish. The complex, construction for which began in the fall of 2016, will include an artificial turf-surfaced field, an eight-lane track, and on-site parking. The field's lights have already been installed. Members of the Board of Trustees, President James Dlugos, coaches, athletes, and donors gathered on the field to ceremonially roll out turf onto the field surface and mark this historic occasion for the College.
In addition to serving as the home venue for the College's NCAA Division III Monks teams–especially the soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse programs–the site will significantly bolster southern Maine's available athletics facilities, becoming the first lighted turf/track college venue in southern Maine.
President James Dlugos, Ph.D. said, "We are proud that this facility will serve not only our student-athletes, but also the College recreation programs that engage the Lakes Region community and other outside groups from all over New England."
"This facility falls perfectly in line with our College's core values of Excellence and Community," said Saint Joseph's Athletics Director Brian Curtin. "It also fulfills our athletic department's principle of striving to provide the highest quality student-athlete experience possible."
"This is an exciting day for Saint Joseph's student-athletes, the College as a whole, and the surrounding community. Not surprisingly, Saint Joseph's College is leading the way in athletic excellence, creating the first lighted college venue in Southern Maine and providing a valuable community resource," said U.S. Representative Bruce Poliquin.
A broad base of support has rallied around the project. The College's Board of Trustees voted to provide seed money to kick off the project and a number of generous individual and corporate donors have offered support, including: Dead River Company, Cross Insurance, Prime Time Sports, Norway Savings Bank, and the Dick Bailey Family. Additionally, a fundraising challenge created by the Putnam Family to underwrite the distinctive lighting for the new facility in honor of Dick Bailey, a decorated Marine who formerly served as Dean of Students and as the Head Softball Coach, and who continues to serve as Associate Head Softball Coach. The Putnam challenge has generated many generous gifts from alumni, staff, and faculty so far and we look for many more gifts by the end of our fiscal year, June 30, 2017.
Saint Joseph's new athletics facility will host its first competition–a men's soccer game against Husson–on September 1, 2017.
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About Saint Joseph's College:
Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College's focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions on campus and within local, regional, and global communities. In addition, Saint Joseph's College provides certificates and undergraduate and advanced degrees for thousands more working adults who reside throughout the United States and in more than 20 other countries through an online learning program. Learn more at www.sjcme.edu
About Saint Joseph's College Athletics
Saint Joseph's College offers 19 varsity sports programs and is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The Monks compete among many top-ranked teams and long-time local rivals during the teams' respective regular seasons and consistently advance into conference tournament play.
Saint Joseph's is dedicated to the NCAA DIII philosophy of making athletics an integral part of the educational experience and creating an opportunity for student-athletes to become well-rounded individuals. The College also places an emphasis on the primary tenets of the GNAC: Community, Sportsmanship, and Integrity.
The GNAC includes institutions from all six New England states: Albertus Magnus College (CT), Anna Maria College (MA), Emmanuel College (MA), Johnson & Wales University (RI), Lasell College (MA), Mount Ida College (MA), Norwich University (VT), Rivier College (NH), Saint Joseph College (CT), Simmons College (MA) and Suffolk University (MA) in addition to Saint Joseph's College.
In all, fifteen St. Joe's programs participate in the GNAC: men's and women's cross country, field hockey, golf, men's and women's soccer and volleyball in the fall; men's and women's basketball and women's swimming in the winter; and baseball, men's and women's lacrosse and softball in the spring.
Learn more at gomonks.com