– Thanks to a generous $250,000 lead gift by Bob '62 and Marianne '77 Foote, the University of Massachusetts is excited to announce the creation of the Bob and Marianne Foote Academic Success Center in the Boyden Building.
The project is a complete renovation and modernization of the existing academic support space in the building along with enhanced meeting and office space for student-athletes and the academic success staff. When completed in August 2018, it will offer UMass student-athletes more space and better technology for individual, group and collaborative learning while providing comprehensive resources overall.
"I was the first person in my family to ever go to college," said Bob Foote. "Without the scholarship and academic support, I may not have been able to do that and complete my degree work. I feel that I owe UMass and we're happy to do whatever we can to support current and future student-athletes. I've been lucky, things have worked out well for me, and my days at UMass had a lot to do with my success."
"Bob and Marianne Foote have been tremendous supporters of the flagship university and our athletics program for a number of years," said Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford
. "They especially appreciate how a renovated Academic Success Center will directly impact our current student-athletes and future Minutemen and Minutewomen. Our sincere thanks to Bob and Marianne for investing in our future, allowing us to create a first-class educational experience that will prepare our young people for life after UMass."
The new academic area will support environments for academic advising, learning specialists, one-on-one and group tutoring, workshops and seminars, and private rooms for individual counseling. The facility will also include three expansive lounge areas to foster peer-to-peer learning among student-athletes from all sports.
More specifically, the academic success center and new offices will increase its overall size from 4,000 square feet to over 6,000. It will offer movable lounge furniture to support group tutoring sessions and independent learning. Every room will have updated technology including flat screen monitors, computers, and Solstice screen-sharing pods.
A new, central academic advisor office will also be created. This space will house eight full-time academic staff members, becoming the hub of interaction between learning professionals and student-athletes, while offering spaces for private one-on-one tutoring sessions.
"Bob and Marianne are tremendous contributors to the athletic department. This is another example of their leadership and willingness to make a difference in the lives of UMass student-athletes," said Senior Associate Athletic Director David Biancamano
One of the all-time greats on the gridiron for the Minutemen, Foote is a member of the George "Trigger" Burke Hall of Fame Class of 2004. This is the most recent gift on behalf of the couple who also gave to the Football Performance Center project. Foote earned three letters as an offensive & defensive tackle on the UMass football team in 1958, 1960 and 1961. He became only the second All-America selection in school history during the 1961 season.
Construction has begun, and is slated for completion by late summer prior to start of the 2018-19 academic year. While the department has moved forward with the $750,000 project, private support is still needed to help defray the overall cost.
Several prominent naming opportunities are still available for this project. For more information, please contact Biancamano at 413-545-4290 or email@example.com
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