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Alumni Donate $500,000 to Renovate Sherman Field

RIBBON CUTTINGAs a highlight of its 2005 Homecoming festivities, the Muskingum College community gathered on October 15th to dedicate the $500,000 renovation of Sherman Field in McConagha Stadium. The newest chapter in Muskingum’s history of athletic excellence is the addition of a state-of-the-art ProGrass playing surface, which was funded through the efforts of some 55 alumni and friends, including many former student-athletes.

Muskingum College President Anne C. Steele presided over a pre-game ceremony that included a ribbon cutting on the field.

Five alumni – Daniel H. Plumly ’75, Joe DiVittorio ’84, John Romeo ’71, James A. Purdy ’85 and Tim Palmer ’88– were early leadership donors and spent countless hours soliciting gifts from fellow alumni to ensure that the Sherman Field renovation would be completed by the start of the 2004-05 academic year.

A plaque recognizing the donors was unveiled at a special October 14th dinner, emceed by Muskingum College Trustee and Chair of the Board’s Development Committee Bob Patin ’64. The plaque reads, “Muskingum College extends its deep appreciation to all whose devotion and generosity made the renovation of the Edgar A. Sherman Field possible. With deep gratitude, the College acknowledges the following donors.”

To view a complete list of donors, click here.

“The renovation of Sherman Field is more than a contribution to Muskingum athletics and recreation. It is a visible investment in this institution, and a tribute to our shared commitment to our students,” said Dr. Anne C. Steele, at the dinner. She thanked the donors for their generosity, faith, and trust in Muskingum.

Additional words of appreciation came from Student Senate President Alainna Amicone ’06. “I will forever be thankful for the gift of the new football field…Our athletics programs have been taken to a new level and it is in thanks to all of you,” she told the gathered donors. Football co-captains Jeff Tibbs and Matt Harmon handed out gifts of appreciation.

The new field allows the football team to practice and play on the same field and also supports practice for the College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams. The College now sponsors intramural programs under the lights on the new field.