Emporia State University (ESU) recently marked the 25th anniversary of the Sauder Alumni Center, which houses the Emporia State Alumni Association and the Emporia State University Foundation, during its 2016 Homecoming.
“This building certainly serves as wonderful
office space and a beautiful event venue, but it’s so much more than that,” Alumni Association Executive Director Tyler Curtis said. “It’s a place where
ESU’s past and present is celebrated and its future is contemplated. It’s a
place where relationships are strengthened and lives are changed. It’s a place
all Hornets can be proud to call home.”
Construction on the building stared in 1990
and it was opened in 1991, and is named in honor of Stelouise Sauder, ESU
graduate and wife of the late Earl Sauder, who provided the largest donation
when the university was seeking funds to build the center.
In addition to honoring
his wife, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1985, Sauder also donated $1.25
million to create the Earl W. Sauder Student-Athlete Scholarship in 2004,
shortly before his death.
“I commend Earl Sauder and 600 others who
25 years ago understood the significance of engaging Hornet Nation within the
Sauder Alumni Center,” Emporia State Foundation President and CEO Shane
Shivley said. “It’s humbling to work with the dedicated staff within this building.
There’s no better time to recognize a Hornet Nation filled with inspiration as
we look for a strong finish to the Now & Forever campaign.”
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