MAILED: June 10, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The Stein Fields recreational complex will be dedicated later this month to Jim Bollinger, who will retire at the end of June as assistant chancellor for facilities planning and management at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
A sign reading "Dedicated to Jim Bollinger - 1997" will be installed on the signs that are already in place on the fields. The dedication ceremony will be held at the site this summer.
"I'm flattered," Bollinger said of the dedication. "I'm happy that the fields have been even more successful than we had initially hoped. I drive by those fields often, and I always get a good feeling when I see the hundreds of young people and adults using them."
Dedicating the fields to Bollinger is the university's way of recognizing the many contributions he made to the university as well as to the city of Eau Claire, said Chancellor Larry Schnack.
With funding for most of the projects at the Stein site split among the city, university and federal agencies, the complex is an often-cited example of the groups working together to benefit everyone, Schnack said. Throughout the years, the city and university have each paid for about 25 percent of the project costs, while federal funds covered the remaining 50 percent.
Bollinger, who has been with UW-Eau Claire for 27 years, initiated the effort to turn the 40-acre sandy lot along Stein Boulevard into a recreational complex. The complex - which features softball, baseball and soccer fields, and volleyball courts - is heavily used during the spring, summer and fall. Those using the facilities range from the YMCA's soccer and football programs to Special Olympics to a variety of university and city recreation programs.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 2, 1997