Cameron breaks ground for McMahon Centennial Complex

Lawton_Students and Administrators officially broke ground on Friday for Cameron University's new McMahon Centennial Complex. The multi-million dollar project has been in the works for more than two years, and now it's on its way to being built.

"Ole Kim" greeted the crowd of supporters from a covered wagon as it blazed down University Drive. Students cheered his arrival and later staked their claim to the future activities complex. The land slated for construction has been fenced off, and crews have already begun preparing the ground for the new building. If all goes as planed, it will be built before we know it.

Ole Kim wasn't the only Aggie to make a grand entrance to the ceremony, President Cindy Ross proved she can literally take the horse by the reins as she rode in the ceremony. The same is true figuratively when it comes to Cameron's Changing Lives Campaign, and she says 330 donors made it possible.

Many of the donors joined Ross and students to welcome the newest addition to campus. There will be a larger food court, a game room, an art gallery, and offices for student government and activity associations. Dr. Ross says the project offers something for everyone, including a 400-seat ballroom that will be one of the crown jewels of the campus - and, Southwest Oklahoma. "We want to host banquets and balls, high school proms, all kinds of activities," says Ross. "We want to be the location of choice for the community."

Perhaps the best news - Dr. Ross expects construction to be complete in the fall of 2009. The new building, along with Shepler Towers, will overlook the 2.6 acre Bentley Gardens and Pond. Cameron's original fundraising goal for the project was $6.5 Million. To date, they've raised $11.5 Million.