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FACULTY/STAFF NEWSLETTER Volume 33, Number 9, December 2012 Welcome home, Panthers! T he Panthers have come home. The UWM men’s basketball team is making the on-campus Klotsche Center its home for the 2012-13 season. The Panthers have played three games in the building this month, including a big showdown with Davidson two weekends ago (UWM won, 73-68). The return of the men to campus sparked many upgrades in the 35-year-old building, including new video boards, courtside LED tables and scoreboards. There are also temporary chair-back seats on the west side of the building available for purchase by season ticketholders in addition to existing chairback seats on the east side. Seating for courtside patrons has also been improved. A new arena control room has been constructed from an existing concession stand, providing space for operating all of the new equipment as well as the Horizon League Network broadcasts UWM produces throughout the year. Much of that equipment has been provided by the Horizon League, with highdefinition capabilities for all events. Concession locations have been added within the arena and parking is now available in the adjacent Pavilion Parking Garage, meaning fans don’t have to step outside when leaving their cars to come to a game. New banners and signs have been installed within the arena, with more signage coming throughout the building. Several giant banners have been installed on other buildings around campus. The on-campus location should lead to consistently strong student engagement, making for a tremendous college basketball atmosphere. “It will be a great atmosphere when our students get involved and into the game,” men’s head coach Rob Jeter said. “We certainly look at it as a big by Kevin O’Connor, Associate Athletics Director–Communications Photography by Peter Jokubowski home court advantage, and we’ll try to feed off of the energy in the building. If we play well, I am sure it will be a place other teams will not look forward to coming into, and that’s always what you’re looking for at home.” The men’s team is the squad making the Klotsche Center its “new” home, but the women’s basketball and volleyball teams will also benefit from the upgrades in the building. While the volleyball season is now complete, the women’s basketball season is also just getting under way. “It should be a great thing for the game day atmosphere,” women’s head coach Kyle Rechlicz said. “The improvements will also be a big help in recruiting. Most of the facilities at schools we compete against have these amenities, so it will definitely help us in catching the eyeballs of the players we’re recruiting.” “The atmosphere for us will be completely changed next fall,” volleyball coach Susie Johnson said. “Even simple things like the new black-andgold paint makes a difference. I am excited to see how we can put all of these new things to use during our matches next fall. The changes allow us to have one of the best volleyball venues in the league.” In December, the Panther men play at home four times, starting Dec. 5 against Buffalo. The women are home twice during the month, including Dec. 4 against Bradley. (See the calendar on page 14 for a complete schedule of home games.) Horizon League play for both teams begins in January, and a national TV audience will get a look at the Klotsche Center Jan. 25 when ESPNU televises the matchup between the Panther men and Green Bay. December 2012 • UWM REPORT • 1

UWM Report, December 2012

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