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Share the Pride. Build on Tradition. A Campaign for Tiffin University

Share the Pride, Build on Tradition is a $12 million comprehensive campaign designed to create endowed student scholarships, construct the new recreation center, and make other campus improvements. These enhancements, coupled with recent investments in new student apartments, the Tiffin University Nature Preserve, Paradiso Athletic Complex, and the Miami Street Improvement Project, will result in a total investment by Tiffin University of more than $30 million in the Tiffin community.

An artist’s rendering of the new recreation center at Tiffin University, with the field house on the left and the indoor practice facility on the right.

Campaign Objectives Recreation Center $9,400,000 The Recreation Center will consist of two connected buildings: a field house and an indoor practice facility. The connector will include a lobby and locker room facilities. Other Campus Development $1,600,000 Over the past several decades, TU has created a campus that not only reflects the University’s own growth and success, but also enhances the appearance and economic well being of the City of Tiffin. To continue pursuing the campus master plan, TU seeks $1.6 million for land acquisition, landscaping, parking and others amenities. Also, the University will work with representatives from the community to honor the legacy of the Italian-American neighborhood that surrounds the TU campus.

Endowed Student Scholarships $1,000,000 Without financial aid, many Tiffin University students could not afford higher education. Since over 80 percent of TU students receive some level of aid, TU leaders seek $1 million to bolster the endowment resources of the University to create additional student scholarships.

Tiffin Universityis in the midst of a remarkable

academic and physical transformation. The effort has been underway for the last several decades, and the growth has been guided by keen vision and an entrepreneurial spirit. Tiffin University has benefited from committed trustees, strong administrative leadership, engaged faculty and staff, and dedicated alumni, donors and parents who join together to deliver knowledge and success to our students.

The recreation center entrance, featuring a sweeping, curved brick wall anchored by the clock tower.

It is into this framework that TU acquired the former Rosenblatt Scrap Yard property as the next campus expansion front. A partnership with the City of Tiffin, the State of Ohio, the United States government and the University secured funding for clean-up, environmental study and remediation. The end result will be nothing short of a complete transformation from a junkyard and neighborhood eyesore to a much needed Recreation Center to benefit TU students, neighboring schools, and the community. Along with the already completed Living Learning Community across the street, the bold expansion also creates a more comprehensive campus as the property is bordered by the University’s Physical Fitness Center and tennis courts on one side and the athletic playing fields further west.



Tiffin University: A Timeline

1888 Founded

1918 The University relocates to the Remmelle Building in downtown Tiffin.

1956 TU purchases the Miami Street School and moves to Miami Street.

Student athletes are an essential component of campus life and are an increasingly important piece of the remarkable TU story. Nearly 40% of undergraduate students on the Tiffin campus participate on an athletic team during the course of the year. For the students who are not on intercollegiate teams, recreation and wellness are keys to a positive student life experience, and today’s student has come to expect certain social and recreational amenities. In the competitive realm of student enrollment, such facilities make it easier to recruit and retain students. Beginning with the 2008-09 academic year, Tiffin University began participating in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Tiffin University is committed to competing with the best in Division II athletics, and the Recreation Center will help achieve this goal. Above: The field house for student recreation and NCAA competition track and field. Right: A practice field with artificial turf for outdoor sporting activities.


student life

1967 Pfeiffer Library constructed.

1980 Tiffin University campus totals 3 acres.

1984 Friedley Hall constructed.

1985 Zahn Hall constructed.

1988 Gillmor Student Center constructed.

1991 Enrollment surpasses 1,000 (1,029).



A Physical Example of Pride and Tradition The cornerstone of this capital campaign is the new Recreation Center. Designed to enhance student life, this facility will provide flexibility for students’ recreational experiences and will improve the level of competition for our athletic teams. The new building will be approximately 120,000 square feet and will include an indoor practice facility with artificial turf and a field house that will include a competition track, with basketball, tennis and volleyball courts on the infield area of the track. The building is designed with a two-story connector building that includes locker rooms, coach’s offices, trainer’s room, lobby and pre-function area, and a student lounge with concessions all located on the first floor. The second floor includes a multiSecond floor mezzanine purpose room, future fitness area, and with viewing area. fixed grandstands that connect the track level to the viewing mezzanine.

1992 Craycraft Hall constructed. Miller Residence Hall renovated. Legacy Courtyard completed.

1994 Franks Hall dedicated.

1995 Huggins Hall dedicated.

2000 Kirk Hall dedicated.

2001 Gillmor Student Center expanded.

2003 Hertzer Technology Center and Hayes Center for the Arts dedicated.

The facility is constructed of pre-engineered building materials with a conventional steel frame structure for the two story connector building. The focus of the Recreation Center is the sweeping, curved, brick wall anchored with a clock tower that defines the point of arrival to this facility. The interior of the building will be open, light, dynamic, and utilitarian. The building meets LEED Silver design criteria.

2006 Rosenblatt Scrapyard purchased. Paradiso Athletic Complex expanded and dedicated.

2007 Tiffin University Nature Preserve dedicated.

An artist’s depiction of the Dragon’s Den entry area.

2009 Living Learning Community dedicated. Miami Street Development Project completed.

2010 Tiffin University campus totals 130 acres. Enrollment exceeds 3,600. Construction begins on Recreation Center.

Share the Pride. Build on Tradition. A Campaign for Tiffin University

For more information, please contact: The Office of Development and Public Affairs 419-448-3282 155 Miami Street Tiffin, Ohio 44883 800-968-6446

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