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Another $15 million for NU athletics

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Northwestern University Trustee J. Landis Martin and his wife, Sharon, have committed $15 million to support athletics and recreation at the school, including new facilities planned for the north end of the Evanston campus.

This brings the total of major gifts pledged in support of the current campaign to more than $70 million, according to a university news release.

In recognition of this latest gift, Northwestern plans to name the soccer and lacrosse stadium at the university’s lakeside athletics complex for the Martins, who are prominent philanthropists in the Denver area.

The new gift comes less than two weeks after NU President Morton Schapiro announced on the eve of the Gator Bowl football game in Jacksonville that some $55 million had been raised for university athletics and recreation since the trustees had approved plans for the new athletic facilities in September.

“With the Wildcats’ breakthrough Gator Bowl victory,” said Mr. Martin, “now is the right time to help Northwestern create a world-class athletics and recreation complex worthy of our Big Ten university and our student athletes.”

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Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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