HBU Huskies - Dunham Family Contributes Gift for Football Field
Huskies future playing surface to be named Dunham Field.
HBU received a gift from the Dunham family toward the completion of the playing surface, which will be known as Dunham Field.
HOUSTON – Houston Baptist University received a gift from Archie and Linda Dunham and family, which will be used toward the completion of the football playing surface and will be called Dunham Field, Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci announced Monday.
“We cannot thank the Dunhams enough for their generosity and support of HBU and Huskies football,” Moniaci said. “They have been long-time friends of the University and it is truly an honor to have the Dunham name on the field.”
Construction began on campus last month, with the field scheduled to be completed in mid-June. The field will be used as the Huskies' practice facility beginning this summer, thenwill become HBU's home field when the stadium project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.
HBU also revealed the design of the field, which features an arched “HBU” at midfield and “HUSKIES” in an alternating blue and orange diamond pattern in the endzones.
The Dunham family's previous gifts to the University helped make possible the beautiful 46,000-square foot, 1,200-seat Dunham Theatre and the Dunham Bible Museum in the Morris Cultural Arts Center.
“Linda and Archie have made a significant impact on the life of HBU,” said President Sloan. “Their lives exemplify the values and mission of this University. Through their love and generosity, they have been strong supporters of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Their dedication to Christian higher education is evidenced both on the University campus and in the greater Houston community.”
The Dunhams are charter members of HBU's Covenant Society. In 2001, they demonstrated their support for students with the establishment of an endowed leadership scholarship in honor of their son, Cary, a 1993 graduate of HBU. Upon Archie Dunham's retirement as chairman of ConocoPhillips in 2004, the corporation's board donated $1 million to name the University's Dunham Bible Museum in recognition of his service to the corporation and the community. The couple also made a gift to the University to help secure a permanent collection of rare Bibles for the Dunham Bible Museum.
An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree was presented to Archie Dunham in 2003 in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to the University.
Linda Dunham is an active member of The Guild, a group of civic-minded Christian women of many denominations who are dedicated to fulfilling a unique role in the growth and development of the University, especially through the funding of graduate education scholarships. She also serves on the board of the Oldham Little Church Foundation, which distributes funds to small churches throughout the United States in need of financial support. Linda is also an active member of the CEO Spouse Forum, a group of Christian CEO spouses.
HBU will play three of its four home games at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory next season with one game at BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo.