Champlain College dedicates the new IDX Student Life Center

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–With generous support from a broad coalition of employees, family and friends of IDX Systems Corporation, Champlain College dedicated its multimillion-dollar student life center on September 23, naming it the IDX Student Life Center.The 42,000-square-foot facility at the heart of campus underscores the Colleges goal of offering a full menu of extracurricular and co-curricular activities for all students. The leadership, recreational and fitness habits that Champlain students develop in the new building will serve for them for a lifetime.The employees and leadership of IDX and Champlain College have built a strong partnership over the years: more than 300 graduates and attendees of Champlain College work at this leading medical technology company, IDXs chief executive officer serves as a trustee of the College, and Champlain has created courses specifically for IDX employees pursuing professional advancement. Hundreds of IDX employees have enriched their careers through courses at the College.Our longtime partnership begins a new installment today and were very grateful for the generous gift of $2 million from the IDX community, said Champlain College President David F. Finney. The opening of this fantastic new building will enhance the quality, relevance and breadth of the Champlain experience, which helps students attain a rewarding career and a satisfying life.James H. Crook, Jr., chief executive officer at IDX and a Champlain trustee, said the partnership between the two institutions is thriving on many levels. Were incredibly proud of this recognition of the strong relationship between IDX and Champlain. Champlain alumni who are now part of IDX are a cornerstone of this partnership: along with their families, many of these graduates played an influential role in the inception of the IDX Student Life Center project, he said.Chairman of the IDX Board of Directors Richard E. Tarrant added, The IDX Student Life Center is tangible evidence of the good things that can happen when members of a community come together in a partnership that combines education, jobs and philanthropy.In their own ways, both IDX and Champlain College anticipate and respond to the needs of industry and business. IDX is fulfilling its mission to use information technology to maximize value in the delivery of healthcare by improving the quality of patient service, enhancing medical outcomes and reducing the cost of care. In 2004, the company reported revenues in excess of $520 million, and has grown to encompass offices in 11 states and four countries.Champlain College has emerged as an agile, entrepreneurial and market-savvy institution recognized for its technological expertise, state-of-the-art educational programs, global perspective and innovative blend of professional and liberal arts education. The College remains current by seeking the input of community members and deliberately engaging the business communityincluding businesspeople at IDX.Champlain College accounting alumna Marie Ambusk is now a principal accountant at IDX and has been with the company for over 22 years. Im fortunate to have worked with many of the Champlain College grads who have come to IDX, she said. These two institutions have had an enormous, positive influence in my life.At the dedication of the IDX Student Life Center, Champlain College celebrated the successful completion of the Power of Three capital campaignthe largest campaign in the Colleges 127-year history. College officials reported that the campaign surpassed its $12 million goal by raising $15.1 million. The funds supported the construction of three new facilities and allowed the College to set aside $2 million in endowment.Architects of the $14 million student life center were Truex Cullins & Partners, while Pizzagalli Construction Company was the general contractor. The three-level complex includes a fitness center, full-size gymnasium, a multipurpose dance, yoga and recreation room, student lounge, game rooms, dining facility, and student activities offices and meeting spaces.# # #last_img read more