Keystone College in La Plume has taken another step forward in its 145-year history by announcing the construction of a new $3.1 million synthetic all-weather field and track.
The state-of-the-art 360-foot by 240-foot field, with an accompanying eight-lane track, will be located near Ned Boehm Field and adjacent to Keystone’s Sugar Shack maple sugar facility on the eastern edge of campus.
The new athletic venue will directly benefit more than 600 Keystone students who participate in intercollegiate sports and intramurals.
When completed, the athletic field and track complex will host: Division III men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field and field hockey, Intramurals, Community Recreation and Sports, Division III men’s and women’s lacrosse (planned for the future).
The project also includes refurbishment of a current high-use athletic field, construction of a storage building with restroom facilities and enhancements to outdoor recreational opportunities on Keystone’s Woodland’s Campus.
Construction of the new athletic venue will begin in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed for the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year.
“Involvement in athletics has an extremely positive impact on academic achievement and the overall educational experience of our students,” said Keystone College President Dr. Edward G. Boehm Jr.
“We are so pleased to provide them with the first-class athletic venues they truly deserve.”
Keystone’s Board of Trustees approved the construction of the new complex following the success of a capital fundraising project which began in October 2012.
The college raised more than $1.3 million in private funds and secured a generous donation from Sodexo, the international company which manages Keystone’s grounds, facilities and dining services.
Many gifts were made in honor of President Boehm and Keystone First Lady Regina Boehm as a tribute for their 18-years at Keystone.
Dr. Boehm will become President Emeritus June 1, 2013 and will be succeeded by David L. Coppola, who will become the 10th president in Keystone’s history.
“This is an exciting time at Keystone. Our alumni and friends have played an important part of Keystone’s rich past and are central to the College’s present accomplishments,” said Thomas “Tim” Speicher ’72, chair of Keystone’s Board of Trustees.
“I encourage alumni and community friends to keep the momentum moving forward toward a progressive future as they help our students continue to excel.”
Founded in 1868, Keystone College is a fully-accredited, indpendent, private college.
Located on a 270-acre campus in La Plume, Keystone serves nearly 1,800 full-and part-time students and offers 32 degrees and a variety of certificate programs.