Albion Interactive History / Dow Center

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Dow Center, October 1980

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US Census Block # 34-201

The Dow Center is Albion’s main venue forsporting with indoor and outdoor facilities. The building is surrounded bytennis, football, softball, baseball, and soccer fields. Indoor facilitiesinclude an Olympic size pool, indoor track, weight room, dressing rooms, andindoor tennis courts. These are accessible through the centers atrium withreception desk and glass ceiling.

Walkway and tennis courts on west end of athletic fields.

Odysseus statue on walkway leading to the Dow Center.

Albion alumni athletic hall of fame in hall leading to the gymnasium.

Source: Isaac Kremer, 2001.

From the Albion College Archives

Dow Recreation & Wellness Center

This facility actually contains many separate components and is surrounded by all of Albion’s outdoor athletic fields.

The large sculpture, Faith of Odysseus, which you see between the gate and the buildings, was crafted by Terry Karpowicz, a well known Chicago artist who graduated from Albion in 1970. It is well worthwhile to take a moment to read the plaque on the base of the sculpture, as it captures the essence of Albion College.

On the west end is the Herrick Center for Speech Communication and Theater, containing classrooms, dressing rooms, a scene shop, and 2 small theaters, one traditional and one called the Black Box, which is for more experimental and improvisational productions. It is named for donors, Ray and Hazel Herrick.

The glass pyramid is the lobby, which houses the 1994 National Championship NCAA Division III football trophy.

The center part of the building, adjoining the Herrick Center and the stadium is the Dean Aquatic Center, which is home to the T-shaped swimming pool, bleacher space and locker rooms; and is used for general recreation as well as competitive swimming and diving. It was dedicated in 1978 and is named for Dr. Clark Dean ’21, a long-time trustee and friend to Albion College. (Fennimore, p.689)

Built two years previous to the Aquatic Center was Sprankel-Sprandel Stadium, named after two highly esteemed coaches of former years, Dale Sprankle and Walter Sprandel. The stadium provides permanent seating for up to 2000 spectators, a pressbox, locker rooms, training rooms and a concession stand. (Fennimore, p.689)

The Lomas Field House, completed in 1988, is named for former president Bernard T. Lomas, who is only one of two Albion College alumni to serve as president, the other being President Peter T. Mitchell. We are fortunate to have a separate gymnasium on the quad for our intramural basketball and volleyball teams, so that the field house is seldom “off-line” to our students and staff for general recreational use. It contains flexible space for basketball, volleyball and badminton, as well as a 1/9 mile track. The facility also contains 2 racquetball courts, training and rehabilitation areas, a classroom, locker rooms, and the Department of Physical Education offices.

The Ungrodt Tennis Center, added in 1999, is located on the north end of the field house and contains 4 indoor courts to augment the 6 outdoor courts you see on the west end of the complex. It is named for trustee and entrepreneur, Paul “Skip” Ungrodt ’52 of Ann Arbor.

The various athletic fields that ring the Dow Center are used for softball, soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse and track and field.

The green building houses the College’s canoes and kayaks. Canoeing on the Kalamazoo River, which runs along the south side of the complex, is a popular pastime.

All photographs are from the Albion College Archives Photograph Files, unless otherwise noted.


Networked Resources
“Albion College Trustee, Benefactor, Friend ‘Skip’ Ungrodt Mourned.” (2003, Jan. 13). Albion College News. Retrieved 10 June 2003,
“Dean Aquatic Center closed for renovations: Pool will reopen in fall.” (2002, May 15). Albion College News. Retrieved 10 June 2003,
“Dow Center Secrets.” Retrieved 10 June 2003,
Evenson, Dave. (1998, February 27). “Dow Center expansion gives students new space.” Pleiad. Retrieved 10 June 2003,
Loeprich, Zach. (1998, September 18). “Tennis building sidelined due to state-wide steel shortage.” Pleiad
Sports Information, Albion College. (2002, March 19). “Ungrodt Tennis Center.” Retrieved 10 June 2003,
Sports Information, Albion College. (2002, May 22). “Athletic Facilities.” Retrieved 10 June 2003,
Sports Information, Albion College. (2002, October 11). “Dean Aquatic Center.” Retrieved 10 June 2003,
Sports Information, Albion College. “Albion College Outdoor Tennis Courts.” Retrieved 10 June 2003,
“Ungrodt Tennis Center dedication.” (1999, April 23). Albion College News. Retrieved 10 June 2003,

Source: Albion College Archives, 2003 [Downloaded July 3, 2003]

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