CU breaks ground on McMahon Centennial Complex

Lawton_Press Release_Cameron's mascot Ole Kim and a crowd of Cameron students staked their claim on the McMahon Centennial Complex during a special ceremony held today on Cameron's main campus in Lawton. The state-of-the-art student activities complex will include an art gallery, a food court; a multi-use recreation room; student activity areas; a large, divisible multi-use ballroom, available to the community, which can seat 400 people for meals, meetings and conferences, and more.

Joining CU President Cindy Ross for the festivities were A. Max Weitzenhoffer, Vice Chairman, The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents; Board of Regents members Larry R. Wade and Tom Clark; The McMahon Foundation trustees, and Cameron student Megan Mefford.

"When we launched the ambitious and historic Centennial 'Changing Lives' Campaign over two years ago, we announced plans for a new student activities complex - a complex that would become the hub of student life," Ross said. "Today, we gather to break ground on the McMahon Centennial Complex - the MCC - which will transform the face and future of Cameron University."

"The heart of any university is its students," said Weitzenhoffer. "Cameron University always puts its students first. By building this complex, Cameron students will have a college experience unparalleled in Southwest Oklahoma."

Speaking on behalf of CU's student body, Mefford, a sophomore from Chattanooga, was excited about the prospects the MCC will offer students, faculty, staff and members of the Lawton/Fort Sill community. "The McMahon Centennial Complex will be a place for everyone who steps in its doors to make their own memories," she said. "We will all have a wonderful gathering place to celebrate memorable times in our lives. The Complex is full of opportunities, and I cannot wait to go and claim mine."

President Ross exhorted the enthusiastic crowd to tap their imaginations and picture the completed Complex. "Dream with me," she urged. "Imagine a two story, state-of-the-art building with pitched roof and majestic pillars. Go inside with me and imagine an art gallery, a large food court, coffee shop, recreation area, campus book store. On the second floor, visualize an executive board room, offices for student activities and student government, plus student meeting rooms. Imagine the 400-seat ballroom hosting a formal dinner or a casual business gathering, a student dance or a wedding reception, the annual athletic banquet or the Phi Kappa Phi induction. Visualize with me two of the most distinguishing features of this beautiful building - a patio and the second floor balcony extending from the ballroom, both looking out onto the 2.6-acre Bentley Gardens and pond. Imagine the role that the MCC will play in Cameron achieving three ambitious goals -- becoming the University of Choice for students, offering those students the College Experience of Choice; and becoming the Location of Choice for the community."

Completion of the McMahon Centennial Complex is projected for Fall 2009.

The original fundraising goal for the McMahon Centennial Complex under the Centennial "Changing Lives" Campaign was $6.5 million; to date, over $6.6 million have been raised. The overall campaign has raised an astonishing $11.5 million since its launch in January 2006.