FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 7, 2003

 

Rhode Island College’s Athletic Building
Officially Named The Murray Center

 

Providence, RI – Rhode Island College’s Health, Physical Education, and Athletic Complex has recently been named the Murray Center in honor of two alumnae and their commitment to education: the late Mary F. Murray ’33, and her sister Catherine T. Murray ’34, M.Ed ’51.

 

The Murray sisters hailed from Woonsocket and were active students at what was then the Rhode Island College of Education. Both women played in the women’s basketball program while at the College. They went on to teach in the state’s public school system for many years.

 

“The College is honored to recognize the lifelong commitment to public education of two distinguished alumnae. It is fitting and appropriate that the College’s Health, Physical Education, and Athletic Complex should reflect their dedication to the teaching profession and to the youth of our state,” said Rhode Island College President John Nazarian.

 

The act naming the building was unanimously passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly and signed by Governor Carcieri on January 23, which will serve as the official date the building garnered its new name. A dedication ceremony and reception commemorating the naming is planned for Wednesday, April 16 at the Murray Center.

 

The $750,000 donation will establish two endowments. A $500,000 gift will support athletics and scholar athletes at RIC, and $250,000 will be used to establish an endowed scholarship for students accepted into RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

 

Terrence Murray, a trustee of the Murray Family Charitable Foundation, was instrumental in naming the building to honor his aunts. “Their lives exemplified in the most significant ways the ideals of their profession. Because of their love and dedication, the lives of many were touched and changed. I am very fortunate to be one of those people who was affected by their love,” he said.

 

The Murray Center, which is home to RIC’s intercollegiate athletic teams, is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a 30,000 square foot competitive arena with seating for 2,500. It also includes the Marocco Family Student-Athlete Support Center, a weight room, locker rooms, administrative offices, conference rooms and classrooms to accommodate 200 students.

 

 

 

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Donald E. Tencher, RIC’s director of intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and recreation said that having the well-respected Murray name associated with the College and its athletic program is “almost beyond belief.”

 

“The naming of the Murray Center is a cornerstone piece towards the athletic program’s realization of our capital campaign goal, which will ultimately allow us to better serve our student athletes,” Tencher said. “It’s a great day for RIC athletes. The Murray gift will benefit the College and Rhode Island for generations.”

 

Peg Brown, vice-president for college relations, said that the establishment of an endowment for Division III athletics, where no athletic scholarships are awarded, is rare.

 

“In our short tenure at Rhode Island College we have worked very hard to secure private support for facilities’ enhancement and expanded services for student-athletes. I am grateful to Mr. Murray and his family for their confidence in naming the College’s athletic facility as an appropriate tribute to his aunts,” Brown said.

 

In addition to serving as the main venue for the College’s intercollegiate athletic programs, The Murray Center hosts hundreds of community events throughout the year.

 

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