executive officer of Symetra Financial Corp.
"Athletics have been a huge part of my life and
college career. It's very important to us to ensure
quality athletic facilities and operating support
for our student-athletes and coaches.
10 and the NCAA, as well as
inspiring other alumni and
friends of the university to
help us reach our goal."
worked for 30 years at
Hartford Life Inc., eventually
rising in 2002 to president
and chief operating officer
company based in Bellevue, Wash.
Department, is incredible," said Watson. "The
Marras' commitment will provide the main impe-
tus to the field project fundraising, which is criti-
cal not only to athletics, but to the university as a
benefits. We are grateful for Tom and Michelle's
support for so many years."
letics facility upgrade at the university.
and the project is scheduled for this summer.
John Meisch, '58, and his wife, Kay, are donating
$75,000 toward the locker room in honor of
Coach Jim Crowley and last year's Sweet 16
new heights," said the Meisches. "With the
many hours that the team spends in training,
they deserve better facilities. It is a pleasure to
contribute to the women's locker room in honor
of Jim Crowley."
lacrosse, men's soccer and women's soccer
will not only address deficiencies, but
also give St. Bonaventure the potential
to host Atlantic 10 Conference cham-
advantage, primarily because of a lack
of subsurface drainage. Standing
water after rainfall or snow melt fre-
quently forces cancellations or location
changes of competitions. Moving
home competitions to neutral sites
negates our home field advantage,
creates unexpected operating expens-
es, and, most importantly, negatively
impacts student-athletes' academic
dents who participate in club and
women's rugby teams, both of which
have been nationally ranked in the last
two years. The field also will be able
to host high school and community
college sports as well as summer
camps, bringing hundreds of prospec-
tive students to campus.
ter position St. Bonaventure's teams to
media facilities. See more images of the athletics fields complex at
comes of performance in the eight
strategic areas, and adjust the
course of the plan as necessary.
journey," said Watson. "We'll be
inviting our alumni, friends, spon-
sors and others to join with us as
we create an extraordinary future
for our teams that will create a ris-
ing tide for the entire campus, sur-
rounding communities, and the
worldwide Bonaventure family."