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December 21, 2011

Olds College Announces The Winner of The $100,000 Centennial Innovation Fund

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Olds College Director of Health and Wellness/Athletics, Greg Lendvay’s proposal for the ‘Canadian Centre for Rural High Performance’ is the winner of the $100,000 Centennial Innovation Fund.  This submission proposes developing a training space, which will measure approximately 4,000 square feet, above the soon to be built locker room component of Normie Kwong Park.  The Centre will distinguish Olds College as the premiere place to train for college athletes.  Lendvay explains in his proposal that the “Canadian Centre for Rural High Performance will open the door for the development of Sports Academies and will provide opportunities for Olds College to collaborate with National and Provincial organizations.”

“During the sports off season at Olds College,” Lendvay notes, “Conference Services will also benefit from the centre, as the facility will attract National and Provincial sports teams, which will generate revenue for the College.”

The Centre for Rural High Performance will increase academic offerings, enhance sustainability, act as part of the Strategic Enrolment Strategy, and it will increase Olds College’s relationships regionally, provincially, and nationally.

On October 21, 2011, as an initiative to celebrate the Olds College Centennial, Olds College staff, students, and alumni were invited to submit a proposal for up to $100,000 that demonstrated creativity and innovation in pursuit of the goals and  outcomes as identified in the College’s Comprehensive Institutional (Business) Plan. The $100,000 is funded through the Olds College Opportunity Fund, a fund initiated and continually fed by the Advancement team.  Proceeds for the Opportunity Fund are raised from Galas, dinners, Royalty and Affinity Programs, Sealed Bid Art Auctions, generous donations from Olds College alumni and friends, and the newly launched online Auction, where the public can bid on items displayed on the auction site for three weeks.

The Olds College Executive selected the top three proposals. Positive impacts on students as well as sustainability were weighed heavily during the screening process. The College announced the three short-listed submissions at the Canadian Idol-themed event at the TransCanada Theatre.  From November 28 – December 6, employees, students, and alumni had the opportunity to vote on-line for the proposal they thought best met the criteria.

Olds College President H.J (Tom) Thompson is proud of the quality of the proposals submitted.  “Proposals like Greg’s showcase the forward thinking and creativity of Olds College students, alumni, and staff.  I am anticipating that Greg’s winning submission, The Canadian Centre for Rural High Performance, will greatly benefit the future of Olds College and our students.  Not only will the Centre open doors for the College in terms of partnerships, it is going to set the bar for excellent sports training and sports academia in Alberta.”

Read the original news release here.

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