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Grand Opening

Northwest, community celebrates opening of Hughes Fieldhouse

With the music of the Bearcat Marching Band echoing from corner to corner and an explosion of silver streamers, Northwest Missouri State University on Friday declared its Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse was officially open.

“Dreams and realities live right here because of the efforts of so many – so many that have come before us, so many that are right here today and certainly so many of us that will be here in the future,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said during his opening remarks to the crowd filling the facility’s bleachers and about 200 chairs on the track surface.

“This fieldhouse is really not about any individual or program,” Jasinski added. “It is really about community.”

The Hughes Fieldhouse is the single largest public-private partnership in Northwest’s 113‐year history and one of the largest such projects in the region ever. Donors committed nearly $14 million to the project through donations and pledges secured by the Northwest Foundation. Leading support for the project was provided by the Founding 50 – a group of 74 donors contributing $50,000 or more to the project – with the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Family Foundation, the Mel and Valorie Booth Family, the city of Maryville and Nodaway Valley Bank working as “team captains” of the group. The University and students also contributed to the project, while hundreds of alumni and friends made gifts of all sizes.

“Because of the Hughes Fieldhouse, peers, competitors, friends and foes are taking note,” Jasinski said. “They are acknowledging Northwest’s culture, our performance excellence and that we are indeed are the university of choice.”

“But we all know this Fieldhouse is not about a steel structure, four walls or a building to add to our portfolio. It is about so much more. The Hughes Fieldhouse represents a vivid set of testimonies. The testimony of student support for our campus master plan and enhancing student life and our vibrant campus. The testimony of community support and involvement. The testimony of our faculty and staff – past and present – who made this a reality. The testimony of donor and partner support and the ability to do meaningful projects to make Northwest differentiated and stand apart from our peers.”

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