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Better yet -- how 'bout the Convo Center? 03-lol
02-05-2004 09:22 PM
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Someone on this board mentioned not too long ago that Western Michigan got that facility built with help from a pro team (the St.Louis Rams, I believe).

If that's true, WMU is likely the beneficiary of good fortune not likely to be bestowed on anyone else in the MAC...
02-05-2004 11:00 PM
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Western Illinois hosts the Rams.
02-06-2004 07:55 AM
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Is it possible for the Chick Evans Fieldhouse to be converted to an indoor football practice facility?[URL=www.niu.edu/pubaffairs/photo/hi/campus/evans.jpg
02-06-2004 08:50 AM
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Part of the problem is that there has never been a concerted effort to raise significant funds. This is why we're in this crisis mode now - we've relied on the state aid so long, that when it went away we were left in a lurch. Too many institutions like NIU get lazy because they're receiving funding from a specific source, and when that source dries up they have no alternative plan in place to make up for it.

The Alumni Center is for fostering continuing relationships in order to solicit contributions. But you have to get 'em here first. Are people coming to DeKalb of their on their own, or are they coming for something, like, say, a football weekend?

Significant fundraising is new to NIU - this is highlighted by the fact that facility improvements up to now have largely been funded by the student body. I fully agree that we can't tap that source again - it was lazy to do so in the first place. So we need a bunch of inexperienced fundraisers to get good, and in a hurry.

Having an alumni center WILL NOT bring people to campus - it's a place for alumni to be when they do come back. A healthy FB program will continue to bring people and pride back to DeKalb and NIU.
02-06-2004 09:29 AM
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Tomznj Wrote:Is it possible for the Chick Evans Fieldhouse to be converted to an indoor football practice facility?[URL=www.niu.edu/pubaffairs/photo/hi/campus/evans.jpg
IMO it looks like they could convert it, but right now it is being renovated as an extention of the Rec Center. They are adding bball courts, a track, weights, and I believe a floor hockey surface down. I think it was supposed to be finished a while back, but the finish date has been moved several times...ala Altgeld Hall.
02-06-2004 10:04 AM
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Just another mis step by the Admin. It could have been easily sold as a part of the Evans work rather than some of the improvements they went with. Indoor Flag footbal and softball would have been a great addtion to OCR.
02-06-2004 10:13 AM
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They would have to tear the room off of Chick Evans to do that, unless they don't want to practice kicking/punting in there. I agree that they could put Chick Evans to better use. I was talking to one of my co-workers yesterday (who should really start posting again, I might add) and he had the idea of converting Chick Evans into an ice arena for Hockey. I know it's costly to maintain, but imagine if they could do a joint venture with the DeKalb Park District to finance the facility? Or if they finance it themselves, rent it out to the Park District, OCR, & NIU Hockey Club. That alone should be enough to maintain the ice.
02-06-2004 10:31 AM
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Western Michigan's Seeyle Center was funded by a large donation from a WMU alum, who's a local auto dealer, I believe.

Western Illinois received some upgraded facilities as a benefit of hosting the St. Louis Rams training camp. Too bad we didn't puruse the Bears harder after they left Platteville.

I think the renovations to Evans as an additional student rec center was part of the deal in tapping student fees for the Convo Center.

Evans would have made a good indoor FB facility. It's too bad they couldn't use it.

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02-06-2004 10:45 AM
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Lukulos Wrote:I was talking to one of my co-workers yesterday (who should really start posting again, I might add) and he had the idea of converting Chick Evans into an ice arena for Hockey.
That is really a great idea. I've gone to a few Huskie Hockey club events in Rockford and let me tell you it is a blast. Too bad we couldn't have added that to the convo 03-banghead
02-06-2004 10:46 AM
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I had friends at Iowa State back in the 80's. The drinking age was 19 & the Club Hockey team sponsored $.25 beer nights at the off campus arena. I do not remember too well, but I think we had a good time during the visit.
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I think maybe we should hire some help on raising funds. Obviously who we have now cannot get it done, we need a person to just focus on getting some money.

Carey can't seem to raise funds, besides from the students, and thats a major part of being an AD.
02-06-2004 11:40 AM
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If Western Michigan does host the Rams then I guess that explains where at least some of the investment came from for their new facilities. Someone also posted that one big donor kicked in a sizable contribution (note the term "one big donor"...we need to find a Dennis Barsema type who loves football).

Too bad NIU couldn't lure the Bears to DeKalb when they were looking for a new summer home two years ago. I wonder if there are any other NFL franchises looking right now?

Chick Evans Fieldhouse is not an option. As I understand things it has been the long-term goal of NIU to convert the fieldhouse to desperately needed student recreational space. In fact, this was one of the sales pitches in getting the Convocation Center project off the ground.
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crazywilly Wrote:I think maybe we should hire some help on raising funds.  Obviously who we have now cannot get it done, we need a person to just focus on getting some money.

Carey can't seem to raise funds, besides from the students, and thats a major part of being an AD.
From the beginning, I have recommended a professional fundraising consultant. I have worked with a couple and have seen what they can do and the miracles they can accomplish. Because of the economy and the sorry state of financial support of NIU athletics, after the "big donor" craps or gets off the pot, an aggressive marketing campaign like never before seen will need to be prepared and conducted. It can be done. Ya just gotta wanna do it the right way!! 04-deal
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[quote="RobertN"] [quote="niu85alum"] President Peters highlighted in his speech at the Alumni Holiday Reception in Chicago in December that NIU receives roughly half the state aid it used to receive only a few short years ago.
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Alright Lukalos, I am back.

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NIURedBlack Wrote:
Lukulos Wrote:I was talking to one of my co-workers yesterday (who should really start posting again, I might add) and he had the idea of converting Chick Evans into an ice arena for Hockey.
That is really a great idea. I've gone to a few Huskie Hockey club events in Rockford and let me tell you it is a blast. Too bad we couldn't have added that to the convo 03-banghead
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Thinking outside the box like this is not a strong suit of this current Athletic Administration.

Imagine the revenue possibilities from turning Chick Evans into an ice arena.

1. NIU Hockey Club
2. DeKalb Park District
3. Local High Schools who would start Hockey Programs.
4. Individual Skating events (open it up to local businesses for skating parties)
5. NIU Student and OCR use.

They wouldn't even need to keep the ice for the full year (if necessary). I'm sure they could have other uses for it if they put boards over the ice.
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niu85alum Wrote:I'm sick and tired of defending the Alumni and Visitor Center project. This project has happened because it has been the vision and will of many to make it happen. And how did they make it happen? Via opening up their wallets in a big way.

When/if sufficient groundswell develops for building a football facility it too will happen. The Alumni and Visitor Center project attracted near 20 big donors and a boatload of regular donors. So far, the football facility (which is on the drawing board to be built and not some unformed pipedream) has garnered little big donor support. The will of the big and the will of the many will bring a football facility to fruition. Its just as simple as that.

Enough pissing and moaning about the Alumni and Visitor Center. If you don't like that it is getting built too bad. Those people (to include myself) who have ponied up a total of $6.2 million to make it happen do believe in it. If you don't believe in the project and haven't contributed toward it then it is your privilege to ignore it. But it is also my privilege to ask that you shut up about it. It doesn't impact the naysayers one iota and it most certainly isn't a distraction to making a football facility come to life. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
Sounds like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. :crying: Seriously, did you not read my post? I think that it could be a good thing for the campus in the FUTURE. We need to get people to come back first though. That building will NOT bring peple back itself, they need something else to draw them back. That is football/sports. If we tank in football, they will not come back, they will not give and the A/VC goes pretty much unused most of the year. That is why I think the football facility is more important at this time. I understand where you are coming from if you build it they will come...But I question if it will, since you said yourself people don't come back. It doesn't seem like the Chicago version is very successful. This will be my last post on the subject. You can now go take your nap. :D
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Oh, oh! I see this thread getting longer and HOTTER!

I am not quoting your post, Alum, in case you want to consider editing it (which I think you should after you calm down a bit). We're getting into racial and nationality slurs, which is not advisable.

Robert stated several times that he is not of Middle Eastern descent and even if he were, this is probably not the place to air our frustrations with what is going on in that part of the world. Perhaps an apology would be in order, Alum? Have a nice, peaceful weekend! :angel:
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When the so-called Coach Jones and Crazy got out of control on the other board about race, they were both called out as being out of line.

To be consistent, Alum's ranting today are equally unacceptable and uncalled for.
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