By Wendy Gragg
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON With a tone of appreciation and pride, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor formally introduced the public Friday to the latest feather in its hat the Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center.
Benefactors, dignitaries, alumni, staff and students gathered at the center on University Drive for a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. Campus officials also used the occasion to unveil the Crusader statue, designed and sculpted by Bruce R. Greene, which stands as an imposing guard outside the Center.
Dr. Jerry Bawcom, UMHB president, expressed his gratitude to the benefactors who helped make the Campus Center possible, including the Mabee Foundation and the Mayborn Foundation.
The $17 million, 122,000-square-foot facility is named for Frank and Sue Mayborn, whose Temple-based charitable foundation helped make the construction possible.
Sue Mayborn was present to help UMHB President Dr. Jerry Bawcom with the ribbon cutting. Mayborn said the center was more than she even envisioned when the project first began to take shape and she is proud to have the Mayborn name associated with it.
Carly Skaggs, UMHB student body president, also spoke with a spirit of thanks, telling college officials and benefactors the center was the best investment they could have made to the health and welfare of students.
UMHB students packed in many of the purple seats in the new sports arena, adding a Crusader touch to the dedication ceremony. Throughout the center, students were stationed, ready to give tours of and show off their new facility.
Along with a 2,500-seat arena, the center houses the Brentham Fitness Center, a 4,500-square foot state-of-the-art exercise facility for staff and students. The Barbara Chaney Natatorium at the center includes a renovated pool and the addition of a 25-yard sundeck. Students will attend intramural sports in the Mabee-Farris Recreation Gym and will attend exercise and sport science classes in the classrooms and labs provided.
Dean Shirley, a student university ambassador, said he feels blessed to have a facility like the Mayborn Campus Center at UMHB and thinks it will be a boon for the school.
I think its great and I think it will attract a lot of students interested in coming to the college, Shirley said.
The late Frank W. Mayborn, one of the states leading figures in broadcast and print media, was the longtime owner and publisher of the Killeen Daily Herald and Temple Daily Telegram and owner of KCEN-TV. He was also prominent in the political arenas of Texas and Washington, D.C., advancing the interests of Central Texas. His wife, Sue Mayborn, is editor and publisher of the Herald and Telegram as well as owner and president of KCEN-TV.
Mrs. Mayborn also serves as president of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn Foundation, which supports many religious, scientific, literary and education projects throughout Central Texas.
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