St. Bonaventure University alumnus John H. Meisch and his wife, Kay,
have committed $75,000 to St. Bonaventure University’s Women’s Basketball
Locker Room Project.
gift is a tribute to St. Bonaventure University women’s basketball head coach
Jim Crowley and last season’s nationally ranked Bonnies (31-4), who went
unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA
a two-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, was named ESPN’s National Coach of
the Year for 2011-2012. The Bonnies have won 20 or more games each of the last
behalf of our entire program, I want to thank John and Kay for this incredibly
generous gift,” said Crowley. “They understand how important the new locker
room is to sustaining our success as a basketball program. Their commitment
will positively impact our program for decades. I am deeply humbled by
university recently launched the locker room project to raise $300,000 for the
construction of a new locker room and meeting space for the team. The
improvements will advance the student-athletes’ academic, competitive and
social development, and will meet or exceed Atlantic 10 Conference standards.
Crowley and the women’s basketball team have brought the spirit of St.
Bonaventure to new heights,” said the Meisches. “With the many hours that the
team spends in training, they deserve better facilities. It is a pleasure to
contribute to the women’s locker room in honor of Jim Crowley.”
supporters of the University, the Meisches are principal patrons of the
University’s annual Francis Week celebration, and have sponsored the Fr. Jerome
Kelly Francis Week speaker for more than a decade. They are also frequent hosts
for alumni and presidential events at their homes in California and
Meisch, a member of the class of 1958, was named the 2008 William P. “Stax”
McCarthy Alumnus of the Year and has served on the National Alumni Association
Board. In the past decade, the Meisches have supported the Bonaventure Fund,
Students in Free Enterprise, and various initiatives in the offices of alumni
Meisch, a 20-year member of the Keuka College Board of Trustees, wanted to
honor Coach Crowley, a Keuka alumnus inducted this year into the Keuka College
Athletics Hall of Fame.
the leadership of a volunteer committee led by Jim Crowley, Mary Jane Telford ’75, Marti
Whitmore ’85, Denise Dee ’89, Bob Crowley, '71, Marv Stocker, '65, and Shannon O’Connell Dan ’01, more than $233,000
has been raised to date. The Meisches’ contribution represents 25 percent
of the $300,000 needed to build the new space.
interested in donating should contact Steve Mest, ’91, associate athletic
director for external relations at (716) 375-2319, or visit www.sbu.edu/wbblockerroom.
About the University: Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them.