Alumnus Stephen Schoonover makes his remarks at Walter Hall Rotunda during the Schoonover Center Renovation Preview Event.
Photographer: Megan Westervelt
Nov 14, 2012
By MaryKate McHugh
Approximately 160 guests celebrated the progress of the renovation of the old Baker Center into the Schoonover Center of Communication*, future home of the Scripps College of Communication on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Howard Park and Walter Hall Rotunda.
The Center’s lead gift donor and alumnus Steven Schoonover joined the University’s Foundation Board of Trustees, Scripps College faculty and staff and university leadership to thank Schoonover, whose $7.5 million gift provided base support for the renovation.
The evening kicked off at Howard Park, located across from the renovation site, where guests mingled and previewed the project’s progress.
“We are here tonight to celebrate the amazing progress of the Schoonover Center for Communication and to recognize the man that made it possible, Steve Schoonover,” said Bryan Benchoff, vice president of University Advancement.
The new Center will house the five schools of the Scripps College of Communication and the WOUB Center for Public Media. The facility will encourage interdisciplinary work among Scripps students, faculty, and staff and elevate the quality of their scholarly and professional activities.
“It makes sense to have all the schools of the Scripps College in one center because, like a diamond, they all shine,” said Schoonover, who graduated in 1967 from the College of Fine Arts with a degree in organizational communications.
The development of The Schoonover Center is part of The Promise Lives Campaign, which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015, and already has secured more than $411 million toward its goal in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University.
Scott Titsworth, interim dean at the Scripps College of Communications, reflected on what the Schoonover Center means for students and faculty.
“It’s a place where we can work, act, and live together for a common purpose. We are extremely grateful to Steve for recognizing the College's physical needs and for committing a transformational gift, making the new integrated communication facility possible."
A celebration dinner at Walter Hall Rotunda followed the preview. Guests enjoyed a multimedia presentation that showcased different students within the Scripps College and what the new Schoonover Center meant to them.
President Roderick J. McDavis recognized Schoonover for his generosity and vision for the Center, which supports an OHIO college with state and national-level prominence.
“The Scripps College of Communications is the only college in the state of Ohio to be recognized as a center of excellence,” McDavis said. “Thank you, Steve Schoonover, for lifting our college to higher heights.”
“The Scripps College of Communication can be a beacon for communication for the future,” Schoonover said as the evening ended. “All of us need to get involved in anyway we can. I am going to do everything I can to help the Schoonover Center of Communication and Ohio University.”
*Name pending approval by the Ohio University Board of Trustees