Fairfield University receives $5 million gift


Funds have been designated for recreational complex expansion

Image: RecplexFairfield University has received a gift of $5 million from an anonymous benefactor. University President the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., made the announcement October 3, at a meeting of Fairfield's Board of Trustees. According to the donor's wishes, the gift is unrestricted to be used for an institutional priority at the President's discretion. Accordingly, the funds have been designated for the modernization and expansion of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex, a facility that serves more than 95 percent of the student body, as well as many faculty and staff.

"Gifts of this magnitude are extraordinary and transformational to an institution and we are extraordinarily grateful to the individual who made this commitment," Father von Arx said in making the announcement. "By directing these funds to improving our Rec-Plex facility, we are ensuring that the total Fairfield experience - Academic and spiritual, as well as fitness and recreation - remains integral to our mission and one that will be enhanced by this generous gift."

The Rec-Plex facility, built in 1979, is located in the center of campus and houses the swimming pool, Birkenstock field house, and fitness and weight areas that that support general recreation, intramural, and club sports as well as the varsity swimming and diving teams. The announced gift is the second major donation that will contribute to moving forward the Rec-Plex project and is in response to a challenge gift last April by Fairfield University alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees, John C. Meditz '70. Mr. Meditz gifted $10 million for the project with the hope that it would "encourage and inspire others to make exemplary donations."

"These gifts not only represent a clear commitment to and confidence in the University, but they provide momentum to our fundraising efforts that will ensure that Fairfield continues to provide the outstanding educational experience to our students for which we have long been known," said Father von Arx, who indicated that fundraising efforts for the project would continue along with the completion of construction documents to enable the project to move forward once the funding plan and resources are in place.

A major addition to the building, combined with extensive renovations of existing spaces, will greatly expand fitness and weight-training space, provide additional multi-purpose rooms and spaces, include an indoor running/walking track, modernize floor surfaces for increased usage by intramural, club and varsity sports programs, air-condition the field house, and provide new, dedicated locker rooms for the varsity swimming and diving teams.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 10, 2014

Vol. 47, No. 81

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