Drake University’s Olmsted Center has long stood at the heart of student involvement on campus, and thanks to new renovations, it is now better equipped than ever to prepare students for valuable leadership opportunities.
The former Bulldog Theater in the basement of Olmsted has always been utilized by student organizations, the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute, and for presentations and lectures from both students and guest speakers. Thanks to a generous donation from Richard Sussman, AS’51, in honor of his late wife, Lila, the theatre recently received its first renovation in 30 years.
The space, now renamed The Richard and Lila Sussman Theater, will have a direct impact on students and leadership opportunities at the University. Additionally, this space provides an impressive first look at Drake’s facilities for new and prospective students who visit campus.
Work on the space began last summer and the full renovation project was completed in September. The theater was gutted and refitted with new seats and walls, updated with a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, and rewired with new electricity. Additionally, the lobby and bathrooms outside the theater were completely remodeled.
The newly renovated space makes for a seamless transition into the rest of the modern Olmsted Center facility and reflects the university’s commitment to an exceptional learning environment for all its students.
Last Modified: 07/12/2013 09:15