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The College of William & Mary Board of Visitors approved the renaming of the Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre and the Integrative Wellness Center in honor of three alumni last week.
The amphitheatre will now be known as the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheatre at Lake Matoaka, named for the 1955 graduate who has supported the restoration and upkeep of the campus’ outdoor entertainment facility.
The wellness center, which is scheduled to open in fall 2017, will be named the McLeod Tyler Wellness Center for Bee McLeod, a 1983 graduate who received an M.B.A. from the university in 1991 and 2011 honorary graduate Goody Tyler.
The two have given significant donations to the For the Bold fundraising campaign, including a $1.5 million gift toward the construction and interior space of the wellness center, as well as funding for new programs that will be offered at the center.
The center will allow all health- and wellness-based programming for students to be housed under one roof for the first time and will have a student health center, counseling center, health promotion activities, recreational and wellness programs, and a Center for Mindfulness and Authentic Excellence.
For more than a decade, Briggs has contributed to two university fundraising campaigns, including the For the Bold campaign, to help meet the financial needs and upkeep of the amphitheatre, which opened in 1946.
Briggs’ gifts have provided the necessary funds to restore the stage, dressing rooms, sound and lighting systems, seats and entrance area, and making the facility handicap accessible.
The amphitheatre has featured a number of musical performances, shows, wedding ceremonies and other special events for more than 70 years.
A plaque in honor of Briggs is currently on display at the newly named amphitheatre.
“We are blessed with philanthropists who care deeply for alma mater,” William & Mary President Taylor Reveley said in a recent article published by University Advancement. “It is a great privilege for us to honor Martha, Bee and Goody for their enduring impact on campus life and for bettering our community through their generosity.”