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Blinn alumni, lettermen each pledge $25,000 toward Kruse Center weight and cardio room

36,000-square-foot facility is expected to open by Fall 2017

October 5, 2016

The Blinn College Alumni & Friends Association and the Blinn College Alumni Lettermen Association each have pledged $25,000 to the Blinn College Foundation to benefit the Kruse Center weight and cardio room.

Currently under construction and expected to be operational by Fall 2017, the 36,000-square-foot Kruse Center will include space for general fitness, dance and yoga, kinesiology classes, student organization meetings, weightlifting and fitness space, and multi-purpose rooms for community events and meetings. The Center will feature an event arena to host Buccaneer volleyball and basketball games, as well as high school playoff games.

“We are proud to help make the Kruse Center an important part of our students’ campus life,” said Jim Kolkhorst, president of the Alumni & Friends Association. “This facility will add vibrancy and energy to our campus while helping students live healthy, active lives.”

Said Kevin Bosse, president of the Alumni Lettermen Association, “We look forward to seeing the Kruse Center become a cornerstone of student life on the Brenham campus. It is our pleasure to support a facility that will help attract new students to Blinn College and provide a first-class venue for Buccaneer volleyball and basketball.”

The facility was made possible through a generous gift from the Kruse family. Siblings Mildred Kruse Bridges, Evelyn Ann Kruse, the late Ed. Kruse and his wife Evelyn, and Howard Kruse and his wife Verlin established the gift in memory of their parents, E.F. and Bertha Kruse.

According to a 2014 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association report, 68 percent of students report that campus recreation facilities influenced their decision regarding which college or university to attend, and 74 percent reported that campus recreation facilities influenced their decision to continue attending their chosen college or university. 

In addition to the health benefits, the study found that students who participate in student recreation facilities, programs, or services reported an increase in their time management skills, respect for others, academic performance, sense of belonging, ability to multi-task, ability to develop friendships, group cooperation skills, communication skills, multicultural awareness, and problem-solving skills. 

The Blinn Foundation supports programs and activities that enhance the quality of education for Blinn College students and expand the educational opportunities for the entire community. While raising funds is an important function, the Foundation also seeks to heighten community awareness of the mission and accomplishments of the College and to promote excellence in education.

Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has raised funds to purchase classroom equipment and supplies, and help launch major construction projects across Blinn’s campuses, including the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center, the J. Hal and Allyne Machat Music Facility, the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex and the Bert and Mae Dean Wheeler Residence Hall.

Thanks to the support of generous donors, Blinn offers more than 230 endowed scholarships valued at more than $16 million. To learn more about the Foundation or to establish a new endowed scholarship, call 979-830-4107 or visit: foundation.blinn.edu.