April 11, 2008

A Grand Day!


A picture of the brick with my daughters' names inscribed that I purchased for the Arena plaza.

The Grand Opening of Chaifetz Arena, was simply that, grand!

Everything turned out better than I would have hoped and there is so much excitement on our campus!

We are especially excited about the arena, because our students will get to use it as their laboratory.

To see the article about that go to:

http://www.slu.edu/x22340.xml

To see the local media coverage of the event, follow the links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia5eNK_zBso

http://www.slu.edu/x22358.xml

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/slu

http://www.myfoxstl.com/myfox/pages/Sports/Detail?contentId=6275461&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=6.10.1

http://www.ksdk.com/sports/sports_article.aspx?storyid=143979

http://www.kmov.com/video/topvideo-index.html?nvid=234896

Billikens.com posters impressions of the arena:

http://www.billikens.com/forum/index.php?s=b3c1984b091ff144df53b33840a9a693&showtopic=14929

On a personal note, this is a very proud day for me. I worked in SLU Athletics for 7 years and loved every minute of it. But I did know that West Pine Gym was an antiquated facility and we just made the best of it. Today, I went back to West Pine to turn in my keys and pick up the rest of my stuff from the Athletic Training Room. I am so happy for JB, Miya, Theresa, Angie and all of the athletic staff as they move into the facility that they and the Billiken athletes deserve.

If you attended the Grand Opening, I would love to hear your impression of the arena and specifically its sports medicine facilities. Please post a comment!

5 comments:

Steph said...

I think the facilities are beautiful and just perfect for your new program in the Doisy College of Health Sciences. A new program with new facilities to practice in--a WIN WIN situation! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

SLU_ATEP said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I couldn't attend the Grand Opening, but I hope to come see your new facility soon. Nice looking brick, and you look pretty good yourself, for a man who has three daughters!

SLU_ATEP said...

aw shucks...thanks!

Anonymous said...

aw shucks? Is that a phrase they use in Iowa?