May Pavilion Skating Rink Opens on Campus

January 20, 2012

The Thomas & Donna May Skating Pavilion saw its first skaters take to the ice on Monday, January 16 as students returned to campus for the start of the spring semester. The Pavilion, which doubles as an events space during the summer months, is a gift to the College from alumni Thomas '69 and Donna '70 (Jermyn) May.

The dedication of the Pavilion was held back on September 29 after the tent, which will be in place during the summer, was installed. Located on the south quad, the May Pavilion is designed as a gathering space where the academic, student life and mission dimensions of the College can be enhanced. The new Pavilion is bordered by the Shields Science Center, the Martin Institute and Cardinal O'Hara Hall.

"We envision social events, seminars, panel discussions, theatre presentations, concerts, guest speakers, spiritual activities, student and college-wide celebrations and much more taking place under this beautiful structure," said Vice President for Advancement Francis X. Dillon who was master of ceremonies for the dedication event in September.

During summer, the Pavilion will be a tent that can accommodate upwards of 400 people and have space for a dance floor, dinner stations and tables. During the winter, it will be transformed into a 60 by 120 foot recreational skating rink for around 225 skaters. The rink is currently only open to Stonehill students and employees with select alumni and family events being planned. At this time, skate rentals are not available.

The chairman, president and chief executive officer of NSTAR, Thomas May serves as chair of the College's Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Donna {pictured left}, are longtime benefactors and volunteers.

With their leadership gift to the recent Attaining the Summit campaign, they became the first alumni to contribute $1 million to the College. Subsequently, they gave an additional $500,000.

They describe their gift in support of the Pavilion as "an exclamation point" at the end of a successful Attaining the Summit campaign, which raised close to $60 million for scholarships, academic initiatives and new facilities.


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