Southwestern Adventist University’s Office of Advancement is pleased to announce that the University is the recipient of a $170,000 gift. The gift comes from Dr. Timothy Bainum, in honor of his mother Evea Bainum, and is intended to make updates to the Bainum Field. The gift will update the field house on the ball field, next to the Duck Pond, with restrooms, a concession stand, and equipment storage.
Evea Bainum, Class of 1941, previously served on the University’s Board of Trustees. She loved her alma mater and gave generously over the years. After she and her husband gave to the building fund for the Chan Shun Centennial Library and the building was finished, Mrs. Bainum looked to her son for help in coming up with a new project. They decided to invest in the University’s ball field in 1992 and it was subsequently named Bainum Field.
Following in his mother’s footsteps, Dr. Bainum currently sits on the University’s Board of Trustees. He has been very supportive of the Southwestern Advance campaign for the Larry R. Moore Nursing and Administration Building. While recently visiting the campus for a board meeting, Dr. Bainum decided that Bainum Field needed some updates.
“My father was a plumber by trade so when I recently walked around the ball field the first thing I noticed was that the field house was missing some necessary plumbing,” Bainum explained. “I don’t want the students walking back across the street to campus for restrooms and concession facilities. Now that we have those renovations in process I also noticed the need for new score boards on the ball fields, so we will work on that next.”
“We are excited and very thankful for Dr. Bainum and his family’s’ commitment to our students through their gift of an athletic fieldhouse,” says Vice President for Advancement Tami Condon. “This facility will provide restrooms and showers, plus a concession area which will allow student clubs and organizations to raise money for future projects.”
The goal is to have renovations to the field house completed by Fall 2017.
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