STANDISH, Maine - Saint Joseph's College will celebrate the completion of its $5 million lighted turf and track athletics complex with a ceremony on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. on Westerlea Way on the Sebago Lake campus in Standish. The complex, construction for which began in the fall of 2016, includes an artificial turf-surfaced and lighted field, an eight-lane track, and on-site parking. Members of the Board of Trustees, President James Dlugos and the Leadership Team, donors, parents, alumni, coaches, students, and staff will all gather on the field to mark this milestone for the College and cheer on the women's soccer team whose competition with the University of Southern Maine will commence under the lights at 6:00 p.m.
In addition to serving as the home venue for the College's NCAA Division III Monks teams–especially the soccer, field hockey, track & field, and lacrosse programs–the site will significantly bolster southern Maine's available athletics facilities, becoming the first lighted turf/track college venue in southern Maine.
President James Dlugos, Ph.D. said, "We are proud that this facility will serve not only our student-athletes, but also the College recreation programs that engage the Lakes Region community and other outside groups from all over New England."
"This facility falls perfectly in line with our College's core values of Excellence and Community," said Saint Joseph's Athletics Director Brian Curtin. "It also fulfills our athletic department's principle of striving to provide the highest quality student-athlete experience possible."
A broad base of support has rallied around the project. The College's Board of Trustees voted to provide seed money to kick off the project and a number of generous individual and corporate donors have offered support, including: Dead River Company, Cross Insurance, OA Centers for Orthopaedics-Spectrum Healthcare Partners, Prime Time Sports, Norway Savings Bank, the Dick Bailey Family, parents of Saint Joseph's students, and alumni.
Additionally, a Light the Way Challenge was proposed by the Putnam Family who very generously agreed to match 1:1 the dollars raised by Monks supporters toward the lights. The lights honor Saint Joseph's College student-life and student-athlete advocate Dick Bailey who has served as Dean of Students and the Softball Coach, and currently works as Co-Head Softball Coach. These lights enable the College to extend the hours of play, host tournament competitions, and recruit more scholar-athletes. Many generous gifts from alumni, staff, faculty, and parents reached and surpassed the challenge's goal to fund the lights.
The athletics campaign will now continue into its second phase, striving for additional strategic goals for the DIII program. The second phase is expected to extend until 2021.
For more information about giving, please contact Director of Athletics Brian Curtin. For more information, media, and updates, please see: www.gomonks.com.
About Saint Joseph's College:
Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College's focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions on campus and within local, regional, and global communities. In addition, Saint Joseph's College provides certificates and undergraduate and advanced degrees for thousands more working adults who reside throughout the United States and in more than 20 other countries through an online learning program. Learn more at www.sjcme.edu
About Saint Joseph's College Athletics:
Saint Joseph's College offers 19 varsity sports programs and is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The Monks compete among many top-ranked teams and long-time local rivals during the teams' respective regular seasons and consistently advance into conference tournament play.
Saint Joseph's is dedicated to the NCAA DIII philosophy of making athletics an integral part of the educational experience and creating an opportunity for student-athletes to become well-rounded individuals. The College also places an emphasis on the primary tenets of the GNAC: Community, Sportsmanship and Integrity.
The GNAC includes institutions from all six New England states: Albertus Magnus College (CT), Anna Maria College (MA), Emmanuel College (MA), Johnson & Wales University (RI), Lasell College (MA), Mount Ida College (MA), Norwich University (VT), Regis (Mass.), Rivier College (NH), Saint Joseph College (CT), Simmons College (MA) and Suffolk University (MA) in addition to Saint Joseph's College.
In all, fifteen Saint Joseph's College programs participate in the GNAC: men's and women's cross country, field hockey, golf, men's and women's soccer and volleyball in the fall; men's and women's basketball and women's swimming in the winter; and baseball, men's and women's lacrosse and softball in the spring.