A Place For All Students

May 8, 1998

The Student Life Center, which will be located at Third Street and Bagby next to Russell Gym, is the centerpiece of the project and represents the largest of five facilities that will comprise the complex.

"Students come to Baylor from every walk of life, and their goals and gifts differ dramatically," said Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. "Baylor seeks to stimulate each student to think clearly, critically, and creatively, while developing the whole person spiritually, socially and physically."

"The Student Life Complex will provide a place for all students to meet and form lasting friendships; a place to participate in recreational activities; a place where students can learn first-hand through individual and team fitness activities the value of goal-setting, self-discipline and personal achievement," Sloan said.

"The board has consistently reiterated our commitment to providing for students a high quality education in a Christian environment," said W. Fred Cameron, chairman of the Baylor Board of Regents. "We derive a great deal of satisfaction knowing that this wonderful facility for all our students will soon be a reality."

The 150,000-square-foot Student Life Center will house a recreation center, fitness center, wellness center, student health center and a natatorium.

In addition to the Student Life Center, the new complex will include a marina pool building, tennis center, soccer field and intramural fields. The current intramural fields will be upgraded to include six lighted softball fields, which can be converted to flag football and soccer fields. Plans also include the development of a 3/4 mile Bear Trail jogging track around the perimeter of the fields, as well as the addition of an outdoor sand volleyball court.

Temple businessman and Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr. chaired the three-year fund-raising campaign that is funding construction of the Student Life Center.

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