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Ohio Wesleyan to Dedicate New Sports Facilities April 19

April 1, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will host a doubleheader celebration when it dedicates its new softball field and new baseball press box during special game-day ceremonies April 19. Admission to Ohio Wesleyan’s regular-season softball and baseball games is always free.

The highlight of the day will be the 12:40 p.m. dedication of the new Margaret Sagan Field, which brings the women’s softball team back to campus for the first time since 2000. Located on South Henry Street, Margaret Sagan Field features dugouts, bleacher seating, and a two-story press box with areas for media, concessions, and storage.

The softball field was built with a lead $250,000 contribution from Margaret Pickett Sagan, a 1948 Ohio Wesleyan graduate and an enthusiastic supporter of the university for more than 60 years. Sagan, who now resides in Chicago, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch as the Bishops take on the Hiram Terriers.

“I played softball when I was in high school some 65 years ago,” Sagan said. “When I learned that Ohio Wesleyan needed a women’s softball field, I was more than happy to pitch in.”

Sagan and her late husband, John, a 1948 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus and former university trustee, previously have provided support for multiple university initiatives, including the annual Sagan National Colloquium lecture series and Sagan Academic Resource Center.

Preceding the Sagan ceremony as part of the university’s doubleheader celebration will be the 11:40 a.m. dedication of the new C. Peter Hauck Press Box at neighboring Littick Field. The two-story press box is being named in honor of Hauck, a Toledo, Ohio, resident and 1952 Ohio Wesleyan graduate.

The university received an anonymous $100,000 gift to honor Hauck as well as support upgrades at Littick Field, home of the men’s baseball team. In addition to adding the press box, the project also involved relocating the bleachers to the sides of the field. Hauck, a big baseball fan, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch as the Bishops take on the Kenyon Lords.

The total investment for both projects was $650,000. Work included building a parking lot at the baseball-softball complex to accommodate off-street parking as well as adding landscaping at both fields to screen and beautify the area.

“Our new baseball-softball complex provides excellent playing fields for our student-athletes,” said David O. Robbins, Ph.D., interim president and provost. “We’re thankful to everyone who supported these projects, especially Marge Sagan for making the softball field possible. We’re also pleased to honor Pete Hauck by naming the baseball press box in his honor. Gifts such as these allow our students to be competitive in a wide array of sports that meets their diverse talents and interests.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.