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W
illiam Woods University dedicated its renovated
gymnasium April 11, naming it “Anderson Arena” in
honor of major donors, Sue and Dana Anderson of
Los Angeles. The ceremony was held inside the
Helen Stephens Sports Complex.
Sue Anderson has been a member of the WWU Board of Trustees
since 2005. Originally from Topeka, Kan., she graduated from
William Woods in 1961. She and her husband, Dana, have
four children, one of whom, Jenee, is a current student.
A real estate developer and investor, Dana Anderson is vice
chairman of the board and a partner in The Macerich Company,
which is the third largest mall owner in the United States with
more than 80 regional malls in 27 states. He was the May
2007 Commencement speaker at WWU.
Constructed in the late 1970s, the Helen Stephens Sports Complex
was designed to meet the needs of a single-gender institution.
Since then, William Woods has transitioned to a co-educational
university with 800 students on campus and another 2,200 in
its outreach programs statewide.
Men’s basketball was added this year to the 10 varsity sports
already offered on campus—baseball, softball, women’s basket-
ball and volleyball, and men’s and women’s soccer, golf, cross
country and track. In addition, WWU continues to increase its
intramural and recreational ftness programs.
Thanks to the generosity of the Andersons, the Helen Stephens
Sports Complex underwent major renovations, both inside and out
before the start of the fall semester. These included a new roof and
insulation, “foating” gym foor, bleachers, foyer foor tile, carpet-
ing, lighting, landscaping, interior and exterior paint, heating and
air conditioning. The locker rooms were renovated with new
lockers, paint, restrooms and storage.
The dedication of Anderson Arena included remarks from
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, president of William Woods, as well as
Larry York, athletics director, and students representing various
sports—Stephanie Burger ’08, a history major from Columbia,
women’s basketball; Zach Roling ’09, a mathematics major from
Jefferson City, men’s basketball; and Kristina Perry ’09, a physical
education major from Springfeld, Mo., volleyball.
Anderson
Arena
Dedicated at
The Woods
Above: Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett (center), WWU
president, thanks Sue and Dana Anderson,
major donors in the renovation of the Helen
Stephens Sports Complex. The gymnasium
was named Anderson Arena in their honor,
and the Andersons received signed balls
from the volleyball and basketball
team representatives.
By Mary Ann Beahon