New Building to Honor Longtime Coach and Wife
Colis and Dolores Campbell Activity Center Announced
The project will be entirely funded by an anonymous donor.
“I want to thank those who were involved in this gift,” said Colis. “I feel better [about it] than I can express. We appreciate it very, very much.”
Construction will begin on the new facility later this year with project completion targeted for 2013.
Located near the northeast corner of campus, the Colis and Dolores Campbell Activity Center will provide space for sports team practices, intramurals and student activities. It will also temporarily house daily chapel.
The multipurpose facility will include an athletic court which can be used for banquets and other large gatherings, seating for assemblies, and a large foyer. There will be seating for approximately 500.
"With recent enrollment growth, our capacity to serve the needs of our student body has been stretched to its limits. Finding a location for chapel, providing a venue for free play and intramurals as well as a place where we could assemble our entire student body at one time were becoming increasingly difficult," said York College President Steve Eckman.
"This new space solves those issues to the benefit of our entire student body. Having a great campus improvement that honors the Campbells will make the facility very special for many of our alumni."
Colis and Dolores Campbell have a long history of ministry. After Colis earned degrees in Bible and physical education from Harding University, they served as missionaries in Tokyo, Japan for seven years. Returning stateside, they spent time in Columbia, Missouri, where Colis preached for a small congregation and attended the University of Missouri to earn a master’s degree in physical education.
Their next stop was York College. Colis’s main role for their 17 year tenure at YC was head basketball coach and athletic director. He also taught physical education and Bible classes and coached track, soccer, and tennis for several years. Dolores worked with the Girls’ Mission Group, pep club, cheerleaders, and social clubs, eventually serving as dean of women.
After leaving York College in 1975, Colis served for more than 20 years as a preacher in a number of congregations in Robstown and Acuff, Texas; Ramona, Oklahoma; and Kearney, Nebraska.