Willamette Receives $2.65 Million to Build Student Recreation Center

Willamette University received two gifts, $2 million and $650,000, to construct a 16,500 square foot student recreation center and the surrounding landscape. Construction began July 31, 2000, and is expected to be completed by fall semester 2001.

The $2 million gift was given by Tom Montag of Tokyo, Japan, to honor his parents, Dan and Jean Montag, 1952 graduates of Willamette. This new student recreation center will be named the Dan and Jean Montag Recreation Center. The $650,000 gift came from the Collins Foundation of Portland.

The Dan and Jean Montag Recreation Center, located in the northeast corner of campus, will provide students a social and cultural outlet in a portion of campus that houses 40 percent of Willamette's students. The Montag Center will be a hub of student activity and will include: pool tables, video games, laundry facilities, late-night deli/cafe, movie rentals, student meeting rooms, volleyball courts, barbecue pits and a ballroom.

"These two generous gifts will have an immediate and lasting impact on the social and academic atmosphere of our campus," said President M. Lee Pelton. "The Dan and Jean Montag Recreation Center realizes one of our highest priorities. It creates a space for students' recreation, relaxation, socializing and entertainment."

Willamette recently identified campus life as one of its five institutional priorities. This gift is an important step in the process of fulfilling Willamette University's long-range plan, which also includes strengthening academic excellence, diversity and technology.