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Randolph-Macon College is proud to announce the opening of a brand-new tennis complex
on campus. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the
complex located at 112 Henry Clay Road, Ashland, Virginia. R-MC Tennis Coach Wayne
Vaughan and the R-MC tennis teams were on hand, and mini tennis clinics were held
for elementary-age students. In addition, competition and clinics for middle- and
high-school students were held, with prizes provided by Wilson.
“We are extremely happy to open this facility, and we designed it to provide a new
home for the R-MC men’s and women’s tennis teams and also to be enjoyed by the community,”
said R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren. “The complex has lighted courts, public
parking and spectator seating. We hope the Ashland community enjoys this complex.”
The Randolph-Macon tennis complex was relocated south of its previous location and
sits near the Ashland train station. The courts, which sit on five acres, are designed
for public play when not in use by the College. The complex includes ten playing
courts with four courts lighted at night, stadium seating, a restroom facility,
a gazebo and benches. The complex is accessible to the public from Henry Clay Road,
and there is ample parking.
As part of R-MC’s commitment to the environment, a shallow marsh strong water management
pond was created to catch water run-off from the complex. Approximately 3,300 plants
along the marsh will clean the drainage water before it goes into the wetlands.
“The R-MC community has worked very hard to make sure that improvements made to
our campus do not adversely affect the environment,” said Lindgren. “The Virginia
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has recognized R-MC as one of only two
colleges in the state to be accepted into the Virginia Environmental Excellence
Program (VEEP) at the E2 level (Environmental Excellence). We are very proud of
that honor and want to continue in that effort.”
Phase One of R-MC’s Master Plan is underway with several construction projects in
progress or completed. Development of the Plan, which was approved in February 2009
by the college’s Board of Trustees, was a collaborative process involving faculty,
staff, students, alumni, trustees and members of the community. In addition to the
tennis complex, R-MC has completed the relocation of Smith Street, which is now
a block north of its previous location. The relocation will allow for the expansion
of athletic amenities to include de-coupling the football and baseball fields. The
football field will be moved to a north-south position. Plans are also in place
to build a new freshmen residence hall, bordering the new football field. The hall,
which is expected to be completed by August 2011, will be named to honor retired
Dean of Students and Professor Emeritus Rev. Ira L. Andrews III ’59.