It’s official

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Earthmovers and excavators have been at work pushing dirt around outside the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center for a few weeks now, but on Friday, Oct. 15, it all became official.

A crowd of some 200 Denison alumni, trustees, students, faculty, and staff gathered in front of the Mitchell Center to witness the ceremonial groundbreaking of a $38.5 million renovation and addition, which will boast a new natatorium with an Olympic-size pool, diving well and spectator seating for more than 1,000. Later phases of the project will include a two-story fitness center and a new training suite, as well as a Hall of Fame and offices for athletics staff.

Chair of the Board of Trustees Tom Hoaglin ’71 led the festivities, which included remarks by President Dale Knobel, Athletics Director Larry Scheiderer, and the projects’ lead donor, trustee Lou Mitchell ’57.

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7:48 AM December 8, 2010

Scott E. Steiner wrote:

I am so proud and excited for everyone involved in the construction of a “state of the art” swimming and diving facility at Denison University. The years I spent as an assistant men’s and wommen’s swim coach for Greg Parini were the most influential years of my life only second to being a husband and father. I have enjoyed coming back to Denison for the annual induction of the Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. I still read the Denison magazine and the Denison Athletic websites to keep up with the on going success of the University and the Swim team. I will continue to follow this amazing tradition of academics and athletics and I will continue to tell people of my proud connection to Denison University.

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