Updated at 5:59 p.m. Jan. 22.
The university will host an opening event in celebration of the new ice skating rink at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the rink. Following selection at the annual Student Senate Think Tank event, the rink was purchased and installed outside the Merillat Complex over the outdoor basketball court.
The Fort Wayne Komets, a minor league hockey team, are the lead sponsor of the rink. They will be represented by team captain Kaleigh Schrock, lead scorer Mike Embach, their mascot Icy D. Eagle and Ian Thornson, game operations/account manager.
The idea was submitted to the Think Tank competition by junior Tyson Kalischuk, senate treasurer. Since then, he has raised $6,850 to pay for the rink, $675 more than the projected cost, according to the university’s press release.
“Students will have an opportunity to show appreciation towards the donors of the rink, meet and skate with two professional hockey players, and have the chance to be on live television,” he said. “It will also be fun and an enjoyable time for the student body.”
21Alive and NBC33 will be covering the event, Heather Barkley, director of communications, said.
Kalishuck also received donations from various student organizations on campus. Student Activities Board donated $1,000 and the Multicultural Activities Council donated $200. The Student Life office donated $1,200.
President Sherilyn Emberton, Ed.D., also gave $1,000 to the project.
In addition, Kalischuk received funds from Beacon Credit Union, MacAllister Rentals and an anonymous donor.
The event is open to the public and the official name of the ice rink will be revealed that night. Kalischuk said they will be voting on the name based on people’s responses