Facility Namings to Honor Long-Standing Donors
Today, more than 25 percent of MSU Texas students live on campus.
As the University’s residential population continues to grow, the need for
expanded student services has increased. Over the past three years,
administrators have created, as part of the University’s campus master plan,
projects to address the physical space required for its growing residential
On Thursday, the Midwestern State University Board of
Regents accepted leadership gifts from the J.S. Bridwell Foundation and the Bryant
Edwards Foundation that will underwrite portions of construction for a new
facilities services building, and the renovation and repurposing of the Daniel
Building for a vibrant student activities center to complement the Clark
MSU Texas Regents also approved the naming of the Bryant
Edwards Facilities Administration Building, the Bridwell Activities Center, and
the Cannedy Greek Commons in recognition of their long-standing support of the University
and investments in these projects.
“We are excited that both the Bryant Edwards and J.S.
Bridwell Foundations continue their historic partnerships with MSU Texas,” said
President Suzanne Shipley. “Through their generosity and support, we are closer
to realizing our goal of creating a more vibrant campus and destination
By relocating core facilities operations housed in the
Daniel Building, the University will be positioned to create a pedestrian
friendly campus while expanding the footprint of the student center by opening new
space for student activities in Daniel.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in late 2019
or early 2020. First will be the relocation of core maintenance and facilities
operations from the Daniel Building to the new Bryant Edwards Facilities
Administration Building, a pre-engineered metal building that will be constructed
along Hampstead Lane and Louis J. Rodriguez Drive.
Once those core operations are relocated to the new facility,
the next step will be the first phase of the renovation of the Daniel Building
to provide space for four large Greek suites, to become the Cannedy Greek
Commons. The naming is in honor of Connie and Mac Cannedy, who are both
graduates of Midwestern State and longtime donors. The couple have also
remained active in their involvement with Greek Life activities at the
“Mac and Connie Cannedy have long been supporters of the MSU
Greek system, with Connie providing vision and guidance to Sigma Kappa and
others for many years. We are thrilled the Greek Commons will carry their
name,” said Keith Lamb, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment
Underscoring the importance of Greek Life, Mac Cannedy said,
“Greek community members increase the loyalty of alumni to the University and a
large percentage continue being active supporters of MSU Texas.”
Between the growth of the residential population and
participation in Greek Life, adequate space is critical for the success of
student life activities, said Lamb. “Greek Life is an important part of the MSU
Texas student life programming, and it has outgrown the current allocated space.
Successful chapters positively contribute to our retention and graduation
efforts,” he said.
As these projects get underway, University officials will
seek funding to complete the newly formed activities center. In the long-term
plan, the Bridwell Activities Center will house the MSU Texas Student
Government Association, Greek Life and individual Greek chapter rooms, Student
Activities, the University Programming Board, work and meeting space for
student organizations, student transition programs, a dining auxiliary, and a
These contributions are part of the Campaign for MSU Texas,
and tie directly to the comprehensive campaign pillars of enriching the lives
of students, enhancing teaching and learning, and investing in the university
campus and community.
“Investments in our academic and student programs continue
to build strength and promote innovation,” said Shipley. “The powerful blend of
tradition and innovation is the very foundation for our future – one that leads
us proudly into our second century.”
To learn more about the seven-year, $50 million
Campaign for MSU Texas, contact Tony Vidmar, Vice President for University
Advancement and Public Affairs, at 940-397-4782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.