Faith Always, Action Now Tri-chair and Husband Announce Matching Grant for Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex


Drs. Susan Fitzgerald Rice ’61 and Donald Rice ND ’61 challenge alumnae, parents, and friends of Saint Mary’s College to support renovations for the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex. They will generously match $1 for every $2 pledge up to $1 million. The match includes any gift or pledge made until the expected close of the Faith Always, Action Now campaign on December 31, 2014, or until the match is met. Pledges may be made over five years.

The Rices have been ardent supporters of Saint Mary’s College for more than 50 years. Susan, a former member of the Saint Mar’s Board of Trustees, currently serves as a tri-chair for the Faith Always, Action Now Campaign Steering Committee, of which Don is also a member.

 Susan earned a bachelor of arts degree in Christian culture from Saint Mary’s, a master of public administration in local and state government from UCLA, and a doctorate in education from Pepperdine University. She is a fundraising management consultant through her company, SFR Consulting.

 Don earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a master of science in industrial management from Purdue University, and a PhD in economics from Purdue. An army veteran, Don served as secretary of the U.S. Air Force from 1989-1993. He has led and served on the board of a number of successful companies and organizations.

 Saint Mary’s College has always emphasized health and fitness as part of a complete education. The new Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex will continue this tradition. The facility will be a central gathering spot that provides space for fitness and wellness, classes, varsity teams, intramurals, and the Women’s Health Center.

 The vision for the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex is to provide one location on campus where students can go to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The new complex will bring Women’s Health into Angela. The office provides students with doctor’s clinics, allergy and flu shots, prescription distribution, counseling and other services. Meanwhile, the complex will boast improved and expanded court and field space as well as additional fitness space for cardio and weight training.

The existing Angela was dedicated in September of 1977 and, with women’s collegiate athletics taking off at the time, it didn’t take long for the College to outgrow the space. The new Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex will be more than twice the size of the current facility. The existing Angela is approximately 42,000 sq. ft., all of which would be renovated. The addition would add 65,200 sq. ft. creating a total of 107,200 sq. ft. for the complex.

 Athletics is a strong component of the identity of Saint Mary's College. There are:

·         Eight varsity sports that compete in the MIAA (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association), including basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, softball, lacrosse, volleyball, golf, and swimming and diving

·         120 women who compete on intercollegiate teams (8.3 percent of students)

·         Nearly 40 percent of students participate in intramural sports annually

·         Six club sport activities, including volleyball, dance, cheerleading, a boxing club, and a western equestrian team.


 “A focus on the ‘whole woman’ has always been foremost at Saint Mary’s. Women today embrace an even more active and healthy lifestyle. The current facility, constructed in 1977, does not meet the need. The College’s plan to renovate the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex will enhance the experience of every Saint Mary’s student. Don and I invite you to join us in supporting it,” said Rice.

 Those interested in giving to the Faith Always, Action Now, may contact Vice President for College Relations Shari Rodriguez at (574) 284-4581 or

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2013 published by U.S. News. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.