12 April 2005
Dedication Ceremony April 18 for
Bob and Lou Kennamer Hall
Jacksonville State University will dedicate the Bob and Lou Kennamer Hall on
Monday, April 18, with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. and an open house from
1:45 to 2:30 p.m. The building is a multi-purpose facility which houses the JSU
Athletics Department. One wing of the facility has been in use since October
2004 as a strength and conditioning center.
Speaking at the event will be JSU President William A. Meehan and Athletics
Director Jim Fuller. Present, too, will be Bob and Lou Kennamer, for whom
the building is named. The Kennamers have a history of supporting JSU
and the local community. Mr. Kennamer is a longtime member of JSU's board
of trustees. He is retired from State Farm Insurance Company, and Mrs.
Kennamer is the retired owner of the former Lou’s Dress Shop on the square
in Jacksonville. The couple lives in Anniston.
“The Kennamers have been deeply involved in JSU since they were students back
in the 1950s,” said Jack Hopper, JSU’s special assistant to the president and
former vice president for institutional advancement. “The Kennamers' devotion
is unparalleled, and they have made many contributions to academics and athletics
through service to the university and through donations. The university family is
deeply appreciative of their loyalty and participation.”
The $2.5 million, 6,000-square-foot facility houses the William Taylor Stewart
Strength and Conditioning Center, the athletics department’s administrative offices,
and offices for the coaches of baseball, golf, softball and volleyball. The facility
sits on campus just off Alabama 21 Pelham Road North at the former site of
Jacksonville High School.
“We are very proud of our student-athletes and the staff that oversees the athletics
department, and they deserve the best facilities JSU can provide,” said Dr.
Meehan. “This facility will allow students to become more competitive in their
sports and will allow the staff and coaches to continue their fine job of
ensuring the best for JSU's athletics programs.”
The gothic design of Bob and Lou Kennamer Hall blends in well with nearby
Stephenson Hall and other campus buildings. Architects with Jenkins Munroe
Jenkins of Anniston used the band room and gymnasium of the high school
formerly on that site as the core structure and built twin fronts joined
by a walkway.
Athletics Director Jim Fuller is thrilled about what the new facility will
mean to his department.
“This facility will not only impact 350-plus student-athletes now but
also in future years to come,” said Mr. Fuller. “When you consider other
facilities around the country, there are not many that will be better
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