Nov. 7, 2007
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State University's athletics department has secured two major gifts to launch its facility enhancement campaign, the school announced Wednesday.
Brett and Danette Anderson have provided a $1.5 million gift to assist with the construction of the Academic and Training Center. To recognize the gift, the academic center will be named the Anderson Academic Center.
Director of Athletics Paul Kowalczyk today made the announcement of the gifts, on the heels of the naming approval from the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System.
CSU's new athletics facilities are in the design stage, and once finalized, CSU will announce official ground-breaking ceremonies and a construction timeline.
"Brett and Danette are true believers in the total student-athlete experience," said Kowalczyk. "They recognize that we are competitors and we want to win. But more importantly, they realize we are also educators, and this gift provides our student-athletes the greatest opportunity to be successful academically."
CSU President Larry Edward Penley said today's announcement symbolizes the impact intercollegiate athletics has on the entire university.
"The Board of Governors set a goal for the university to build an athletic program that is as strong and competitive as our academics, and meeting that goal requires modern facilities and strengthened support for our talented student-athletes," said Penley. "This gift is a major step toward achieving that goal, and it is a testament to our athletics program and its lasting, positive impact on our student-athletes - not just on the playing field, but also in the classroom and in life."
Brett and Danette were both raised in Fort Collins. Brett is a 1987 graduate of the College of Engineering and is the managing partner of the Denver office of Accenture, a global management consulting and technology services company. Danette also graduated from CSU in 1987, with a degree in food science and human nutrition, and is a registered dietician at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver.
Brett has been a leader for CSU in the community and is the former Chairperson of the CSU Development Council. He served as master of ceremonies at the 2003 Denver Executive Luncheon and is an active member of the Corporate and Foundation Relations Committee and College of Engineering Dean's Advisory Board, as well as a charter member of the President's Club. He also served on the Campaign Advisory Task Force and is the recipient of Colorado State's Personal Service Award.
Brett and Danette have been outstanding supporters of the intercollegiate athletics program at CSU for many years. Their support has been reflected as season-ticket holders, Ram Legacy of Champions scholarship donors, and attendance at many athletic special events, as well as a willingness to be leaders for the athletics program.
"The creation of an academic center for Colorado State University student-athletes is a tremendous step forward," Brett Anderson said. "This center will provide exceptional physical facilities to match the exceptional character and quality of the great student-athletes that compete at CSU. We are very excited to be able to assist these student-athletes in their mission to learn and become tomorrow's leaders.
"CSU has made a tremendous impact on our lives and the lives of the many graduates throughout the country. We hope that our gift will challenge other alums to think about the important role the institution has played in their lives, the assets they possess, and the difference they could make for CSU."
Markley Motors, Inc., also made a significant campaign gift of $250,000 toward construction of the Indoor Practice Facility. Gene and Doug Markley, owners of Markley Motors, Inc., have been long-time supporters of CSU athletics. They previously provided support for the construction of the McGraw Athletic Center and Jack Christiansen Track projects. They also are Ram Legacy of Champions scholarship donors, corporate partners and members of the Ram Wheels program, and have been season-ticket holders for various sports for many years.
"The Markley family has been instrumental in the progress of CSU athletics for a long, long time," Kowalczyk said. "Their leadership and support throughout the years and in the McGraw Center project has been exceptional. Once again, they have stepped forward to lead the support for a transforming project at CSU."
"Every now and then, I have reason to reflect on life and what a privilege it has been to have been associated in one way or the other with Colorado State University," said Gene Markley. "Having lived and been in business in Fort Collins for 71 years, I have experienced a most welcome growth in our business and in our lives. CSU has been a great contributor to that success. It is indeed a privilege to give back a little from time to time.
"I would hope that all of us in business or practicing our professions in Fort Collins, Larimer County, or all of Colorado, ask themselves, `How has CSU contributed to my well being?', and hopefully, would feel the urge to give back."
The construction of the Academic and Training Center and the Indoor Practice Facility are the top initiatives of the athletic department's facility enhancement campaign. The Academic and Training Center will be constructed just south of the McGraw Athletic Center and will include a two-story, 8,500 square-foot academic center and an 8,500 square-foot strength and conditioning center. The Indoor Practice Facility will be located east of the Moby Arena complex near the school's Student Recreation Center.
Fundraising efforts are underway to raise the private support needed to make the campaign a success.