Photo Gallery: Beam Signing a Highlight of Campaign Kickoff Weekend

May 6th, 2016 by 

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Members of the Holy Cross Bands performed during the event. Image by Mark Seliger.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Nathan Pine, Director of Athletics. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
From left, Joanne Chouinard-Luth, D.M.D.; John E. Luth '74; Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., president of the College; Anne Fink ’85, P17, Become More campaign co-chair and College trustee. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Maeve Westover ‘18 said "the cheers that will resound from this complex will be heard for decades." Image by Mark Seliger.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
John Mahoney ’73, chair of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Attendees listen to the event speakers. Image by Mark Seliger.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Anne Fink ’85, P17, Become More campaign co-chair and College trustee. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Iggy the Crusader encourages the applause of the crowd. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
John E. Luth '74 and Joanne Chouinard-Luth, D.M.D. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
John E. Luth '74 and Joanne Chouinard-Luth, D.M.D. The beam for signing can be seen in the foreground. Image by Mark Seliger.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
John E. Luth ’74 (right) and his wife, Dr. Joanne Chouinard-Luth, along with their three children, sign a beam which will be part of the completed Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. Athletic Director Nathan Pine can be seen in the background. Image by Dan Vaillancourt

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Holy Cross community members gather to sign the beam, which will be part of the final constructed facility. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
John E. Luth '74 and Joanne Chouinard-Luth, D.M.D. with the jerseys they were presented. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Event speakers, from left: Maeve Westover ‘18; John Mahoney ‘73, chair of the Board of Trustees; Nathan Pine, Director of Athletics; John E. Luth '74; Joanne Chouinard-Luth, D.M.D.; Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J., president of the College; Anne Fink ’85, P17, Become More campaign co-chair and College trustee.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., former president of Holy Cross. Image by Mark Seliger.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Signing the beam, which will be part of the final constructed facility. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Signing the beam, which will be part of the final constructed facility. Image by Dan Vaillancourt.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Event attendees gather to sign the beam, which will be part of the final constructed facility. Image by Mark Seliger.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Students sign the beam. Image by Mark Seliger.

2016 Luth Athletic Complex Beam Signing Ceremony
Thomas McCabe ’65 P96 takes a picture of his signature. Image by Mark Seliger.

John E. Luth ’74 and his wife, Joanne Chouinard-Luth, D.M.D, were the honored guests at a historic beam signing in front of the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 30, as part of the College’s “Become More: Campaign for the Future of Holy Cross” kickoff weekend. The Luth’s donated $32.5 million towards the facility in 2015, the largest gift in College history.

Speakers at the event included Nathan Pine, director of athletics; Maeve Westover ’18, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative and member of the varsity swimming and diving team; John Mahoney ’73, chair of the Holy Cross Board of Trustees; Anne Fink ’85, P17, Become More campaign co-chair and College trustee; and Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. All expressed their sincere gratitude for the Luths’ generosity, and their excitement now that construction has started, as evidenced by the mountains of dirt in front of the Hart Center.

“This is the place where we refine our athletic skills, and now this space will be on par with the classrooms, labs and stages where we pursue our academic ambitions. It will be the home of Crusader athletics, and the cheers that will resound from this complex will be heard for decades,” remarked Westover to the enthusiastic applause of the purple-clad students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees in attendance.

A varsity soccer player himself at Holy Cross, Luth has pushed for upgrades to the College’s athletics facilities for years. For him, seeing the project underway was both rewarding and exciting.

“This was one of the projects I was really passionate about,” reflects Luth, a former College trustee and current Advisory Board member. “It feels like the culmination of a lot of effort to see those piles of dirt. On the other hand, it also feels like a new beginning.”

At the podium, Dr. Chouinard-Luth, whose work focuses on nutrition and public health, acknowledged that students will use the complex to become more physically fit, and, as a result, more mentally fit. She added that in “feeling fit both physically and intellectually, you are to go forward and feel compelled to exponentially share it with others.”

The celebratory event concluded with the Luths accepting framed Holy Cross jerseys and, along with their family members, signing the beam that will become part of the building. All in attendance were invited to sign as well, including more than 500 student athletes.
Images from the event can be seen in the gallery above. For more information on the campaign, and the progress of construction, please visit the campaign website: www.holycross.edu/BecomeMore

Written by Rebecca Smith ’99 & Kim Staley ’99.

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