Last Saturday – with kickoff for the Broncos’ victory against Louisiana Lafayette just a couple of hours away – a group of ardent alumni and friends gathered across the street from Albertsons Stadium to break ground for the new Boise State Alumni and Friends Center. The festive Homecoming atmosphere was perfect for the ceremonial beginning of a building that will celebrate and foster the connections between generations of Boise State alumni and their alma mater.
This building will be the new eastern gateway to campus and a home to build upon long-standing traditions and to create new ones. It will encourage the rekindling of lifelong friendships, ignite school spirit and create future memories.
Once complete in December 2015, this elegant, 38,000-square-foot building will become the welcoming central location for alumni and donor programs, services and events. Located on University Drive between Grant Avenue and Denver Avenue, it will be an instant and very visible community landmark. Just a stone’s throw away from the usual throng of Bronco-faithful tailgaters on game day, it will be a wonderful venue for reunions, graduation celebrations, and pre- and post-game festivities. And it will be home to offices directly related to the relationship between alumni and donors and their university, including the Division of University Advancement, the Boise State Alumni Association, the Boise State University Foundation, and the Office of Communications and Marketing.
One of the most exciting things about our new Alumni and Friends Center is that it will be built entirely by alumni and friends, from charitable donations – no student fees, state funds or public bonding are involved. Its funding will come from passionate, engaged Broncos – like lead donors Allen and Dixie Dykman – who understand the importance of their involvement and guidance to the Boise State of tomorrow. There still are plenty of opportunities to support its construction.
The new Boise State Alumni and Friends Center represents a celebration of the legacy of those who have come before and our forward evolution in building lifelong relationships with our alumni and friends
Laura C. Simic is vice president for university advancement at Boise State University.