Rochelle Gift Catalyst for New Athletics Center

February 20, 1999


An historic $4.2 million gift from Curt and Marian Rochelle will enable the University of Wyoming Athletics Department to realize a 15-year dream.

As a result of the Rochelles generosity, the much-needed student-athlete center is close to becoming a reality. The new facility will be named the Curtis and Marian Rochelle Athletics Center, and will be located north of War Memorial Stadium.

While the gift, the largest in UW history, does not end the Athletics Center Campaign, it moves the fund-raising effort dramatically close to completion. The Rochelles gift, along with close to $2.5 million in additional gifts, brings the total for the building to just under $6.7 million. To build, furnish and maintain the new facility will require $9.5 million.

"We greatly appreciate the tremendous generosity that Marian and Curt have demonstrated to the University of Wyoming through the years," said UW President Philip Dubois. "Such generosity will be essential if we are to maintain the excellence that we have come to expect from our athletic teams. This contribution will allow us to move forward with planning for this athletic facility, which will allow our student-athletes to remain nationally competitive in the future."

Rochelle, born in Lusk, is a UW graduate and a former University Trustee. Marian, a native of Denver, is a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and Colorado College in Colorado Springs. With this contribution, their total giving to the University exceeds $5.5 million.

In 1992, the Rochelles established the Curtis and Marian Rochelle Professorship in Animal Science in memory of John Hill, who was Curts advisor and college dean when he majored in animal science from 1937-41. In addition, the Rochelles have supported the College of Agriculture and the Cowboy Joe Club for many years. During 1991 Ag Appreciation Day activities, the Rochelles were recognized as Outstanding Donors to the College of Agriculture.

"We hope that our gift will help to create a lasting athletic legacy for the University and for the State of Wyoming. The University of Wyoming has had a major influence in our lives. We are proud to be a part of the traditioin of academic and athletic excellence at the University of Wyoming. Go Cowboys!!!"

The Curtis and Marian Rochelle Athletics Center will occupy 45,200 square feet at the north end of War Memorial Stadium. It will house the Student Academic Center, Sports Medicine and Treatment Center, a Speed and Strength Center, Equipment Room, a Football Center, including locker rooms, offices and meeting rooms, and a multi-purpose facility, and the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.

"This is a tremendous time for UW Athletics and its future," Athletics Director Lee Moon said. "This building will enable us to properly educate, train, and care for our student athletes. In addition it takes us to a level comparable with the other institutions in the new Mountain West Conference.

"With the capitol campaign nearing completion we will continue to pursue potential gifts," Moon continued. "Until we reach our goal we will not be able to establish a specific time table for the project."