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Would you rather have the Alumni Association spend 15 million on a new Alumni Center or for Athletic Facility Expansion at Bobcat Stadium and the baseball complex?
Alumni Center 10%  10%  [ 6 ]
Athletic Facilities 90%  90%  [ 52 ]
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The entire point of the Alumni Association is to give back to the University that helped them get to where they are.

The alumni center should be the last on the list of things they need to do.

Should have been a no-brainer, but then again, no-brain decisions seems to be this university's specialty.

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For some reason I was just kind of angered by this news.

Seems like it's so hard to find big donations for athletic facilities at our school, and here we have a perfect program to get a lot of little donations and make one big chunk to give somewhere.

AND THEY CHOOSE THE DUMBEST PROJECT I COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE.

I'm positive many more alumni would enjoy and actually use a new football stadium than an alumni center. WTF is an alumni center anyway? A place where alumni will sit on there ass once a year to have a banquet.

GIVE BACK TO THE SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the only info I could find on the project.

http://www.txstatealumni.org/site/PageS ... umnicenter

Sherwood, you got any info on this?

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I'd rather see Athletic facility related improvements

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SS_Classof_88 wrote:
I'd rather see Athletic facility related improvements

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Definitely athletic facilities.

But, of course, we are a biased audience.

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treacherous wrote:
Definitely athletic facilities.

But, of course, we are a biased audience.


I am aware that the base for this poll is skewed, but as of right now...10-0 doesn't lie.

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I will obstain from this survey since I technically lack the piece of paper calling me an alumnus. That being said, I have found that alumni centers can serve more than their purpose.

Here is a quote from the man responsible for the University of Minnesota's Alumni Center--
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Fred Friswold (’58) describes how, for decades, visitors to the University of Minnesota found their way on the Minneapolis campus. “They’d drive to the river flats, park their car, start walking in the direction they thought campus was, and wander around,” he says. “There weren’t
any signs that showed them where to go. They’d try to find a student
who could direct them to a building, and they’d get three or four different
answers. Finally, someone would say, ‘Well, if you’re looking for admissions, go down this row on the Mall, into a tunnel, under a couple buildings, and you’ll find it.’ “It was terrible! The fact is, we didn’t have a front door to the University.” Friswold, CEO of Tonka Equipment Company in Plymouth, laughs about that ridiculous scene now, but he spent a
dozen years earnestly trying to fix the problem.


I remember the first time I stepped on campus and how lost I felt when I came here. Unsure of where to park I was told to find the JCK building because it housed the grad college and had parking spots nearby. After talking to the Grad college, I was given directions to the Taylor Murphy History building in a similar fashion to the story mentioned above.

An Alumni / Vistor Center could serve a dual purpose providing assistance to prospective students, parents and vistors of the university, but also to our Alumni. For visitors it would be an ideal place to capture the university in a snapshot (our goals, culture, mission, tradition, alumni) while becoming the official starting point for someone's Texas State experience.

For Alumni, the center could serve the same purpose of presenting the current university. Everyone knows how much this campus has changed in the last 30 years, 50 years, and how much the master plan is going to change things in the next 20. An established Alumni/Visitor Center like this would serve as the static location where they could come to in order to reconnect to their university. They could find out how the university has changed since they have been gone, if departments have shifted locations, etc. etc.


Naturally, they are front doors to the University and a place for alumni to return to after their days on the hill are done.

For many universities around the country Alumni Center also houses--
Alumni Association Offices,
"a home" for various University alumni chapters,
Special Collections Libraries,
Art Galleries,
Conference Rooms available for board style meetings
Alumni Gardens available for receptions and University banquets,
A place for Distinguished Alumni to be recognized,
University Gift Shops[/quote]

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Good points chris.


Alumni centers are fine with me, it's just that there are things that seem more important right now.

If the school was dwindling in size or something, I would recommend an alumni center to facilitate incoming or prospective students. But we're expanding...and we're doing it with what we have right now. Everybody gets lost on campus at such a big uni like Tx State, but I think the visitors center at LBJ does a good job of setting up visitors with maps and whatnot.

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Alumni Association Offices,
"a home" for various University alumni chapters,
Special Collections Libraries,
Art Galleries,
Conference Rooms available for board style meetings
Alumni Gardens available for receptions and University banquets,
A place for Distinguished Alumni to be recognized,
University Gift Shops


These are all good ideas, but...special collections library can wait, art galleries can wait, we have quite a few conf rooms in lbj, a place for distinguished alumni to be awarded....they do that in lbj ballroom nowadays I think right?

But you're right, if they blow 15 mil on this alumni center, i'm sure it will include all that and it WILL be a major plus to the university. Either way it goes, the university will improve.

I just feel like a lot of that junk can WAIT until we finish up some other stuff. Namely the baseball complex. and if the alumni want to throw a few mil toward football programs way, that'll be nice too.

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You guys are in left field so much, you may as well build a house and live there.

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Athletic facilities. If it was between a stadium and an engineering research facility, I'd go with the research facility.


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No-brainer for me: Athletics Facility expansion.


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That's an easy question to answer.

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One of the purposes for the alumni center is “where alumni can gather to celebrate being Bobcats”… Well I already know a great place for that… at bobcat stadium, strahan, or at a state of the art baseball field(someday)


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Malleus wrote:
You guys are in left field so much, you may as well build a house and live there.


And how is that???

Would you rather have an alumni center than new athletic facilities???

If it was built, do think an alumni center would NOT improve campus???



Because that is what I was saying if you read.

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