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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - 3:17 pm

From the Athletic Director

More teams, new facilities fuel athletic expansion plan


Robert Bunnell, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Health, Recreation & Sports/Athletic Director

Peregrine Sports

By ROBERT D. BUNNELL

Asst. Vice Chancellor of Health, Recreation & Sports/Athletic Director

It is an exciting time for the Purdue University Calumet athletic department, as a new phase of Peregrine athletics is on the horizon.

The athletics program expansion plan continues rolling with four new varsity sports joining our department next fall—men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf and women’s volleyball. In subsequent years, squads in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball and softball will become part of the Purdue Calumet athletic scene.


2 architectural firms to advise on facility projects

Additionally, we are excited about a facility facelift beginning to take flight. Our search committee recently selected an architectural firm to head the project, a giant step in turning this dream into a reality. The committee focused its search efforts on three architectural firms, all from Indiana, that offer experience dealing with the various issues applicable to our specific landscape.

One firm selected was Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects of Indianapolis, which has designed facilities for an impressive list of universities, including the recent upgrade at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). Working with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf will be a local corporation, DLZ Architects of Hammond, to handle landscape architecture.


Contingent on economy

The role of the two firms will be to advise us in the design and development of university land into playing facilities for our pending tennis, soccer, baseball and softball squads. Additionally, we have asked the firms to develop a plan for increasing office and locker room space in our Fitness & Recreation Center, as well as transforming the facility into a comprehensive wellness and counseling center for students.

Given the current state of our economy, we realize that an intercollegiate athletic expansion plan will face obstacles. That is why our plan will proceed only as fast as the economy allows. Rather than use funds from the Purdue Calumet general budget, we plan to support our project through a fundraising campaign.


Strong support system

A key to completing such an extensive project is to have a strong support system in place, and we have been blessed in that area with assistance from a number of key individuals. The vision and support of Chancellor Howard Cohen and the University’s Senior Leadership Team have been crucial in enabling our dream to move forward.

We also have received tremendous help from John Friend, Purdue Calumet’s former, long-time athletic director and current consultant. Through his devotion to our athletic program and important contacts he has within our local community, the wheels of our expansion plan are in motion.

Stay tuned to our athletics website for updates on the expansion plan. While you’re at it, check out our Peregrines apparel site, http://fangearlive.com/calumet/, the exclusive provider of Purdue Calumet Peregrinalia.