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SCU alumni pitch in to build multi-purpose center for expanded fitness and wellness programs

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct.6, 1999 - Santa Clara University alumni and friends of athletics at SCU will gather Oct. 8 to formally dedicate the new $8.8 million Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center. SCU President Paul Locatelli is scheduled to speak to about 600 invited guests at the 6 p.m. event.

SCU alumni, including former athletes, have been significantly involved in the financing, planning and construction of the facility, which includes approximately $400,000 in exercise equipment.

The center, named after the late SCU athletic director Pat Malley, has 44 cardiovascular machines, saunas in locker rooms, three full basketball courts, a 2,100-square-foot multi-purpose room and indoor and outdoor lounge areas, plus new offices for expanded SCU recreation and wellness programs for students, faculty and staff.

Daily attendance of SCU students, staff, faculty and alumni at the shiny new 44,000-sauare-foot fitness center has been averaging about 1,200 per day since it opened Sept.15, according to Mark Harriman, Malley Center director. The tile-roof and adobe-wall structure next to the Leavey Activities Center on the east side of the SCU campus was designed by Cannon architects of Los Angeles.

Gary J. Filizetti, SCU '67, is one of several former Bronco football players who were instrumental in the planning and fundraising for the project. He is president of DEVCON Inc. of Milpitas, general contractor for the project. DEVCON's manager for the SCU project was another Bronco football player coached by Malley, Andy Schatzman, SCU '83. At the dedication ceremonies, a large mural honoring Malley, the late SCU football coach, will be unveiled.

The 9,500-square-foot weight room is named the Filizetti-McPherson Weight Room, after Filizetti's father, John, and Bill McPherson, SCU '54, the San Francisco 49ers assistant coach. The lobby area was donated by another Bronco, former 49er Brent Jones, SCU '85, and his wife Dana, SCU '86.

Master of ceremonies at the dedication will be John Ottoboni, SCU '69, a San Jose lawyer who as a member of the SCU Board of Trustees was an early advocate of the Malley Center project. Five SCU alumni classes - 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984 and 1994 - will be celebrating their reunions Oct 8-10 with picnics, receptions and dinners. The top-ranked men's and women's soccer teams will be in action at home this weekend, as will the Bronco volleyball team.

A highlight of the Oct. 8 dedication ceremony will be the unveiling of the Malley mural: three 74-inch-by-56-inch photo montages of the coach silk-screened on blue glass, under the titles, Coach, Educator, Friend; above a limestone panel inscribed with a quote from the coach.

The mural was designed by SCU Marketing Communications Art Director Greg Mar and Tony Tirapelli and was constructed by General Graphics of San Francisco, which does the displays and graphics for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. An interactive video kiosk with a large plasma display screen directs visitors to Malley Center activities and informs them about the university and its programs.

The center will be closed at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 for the center dedication and at 6 p.m. on Oct. 9 for an SCU Reunion Weekend event. The center will resume its normal 102-hour weekly schedule on Oct.10.

Other alumni involvement in the center includes:

  • The Class of '61 Multi-Purpose Room
  • The Hayden Gymnasium -- The William R. and Virginia Hayden Foundation (Stan Hayden, SCU '63)
  • The Nelson Wellness Center - Dick , SCU '69, and Nancy Nelson
  • The Anne Halligan Helmstein Women's Locker Room - the wife of the late Homer Helmstein, SCU '37
  • The Albanese Family Men's Locker Room - Jos. Albanese Inc. (Joseph J. Albanese, SCU '40, John L. Albanese, SCU '70), Central Concrete (Bill Albanese, SCU '65 and Thomas Albanese, SCU '68
  • The Souza Family Courtyard - Lou Souza, SCU '57
  • The Blair Family Patio - Jim, Donna and Ronald (SCU '93) Blair The Class of '67 Conference Room

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For more information about hours, fitness, wellness and intramural programs and student job opportunities at the Malley Center, call 408-554-4068.

For a more information about the facility, go to http://www.scu.edu/news/releases. For more information and to set up media tours, call Barry Holtzclaw at (408) 554-5126 or e-mail: news@scu.edu.

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