Roy and Barbara Ostberg, both 1962 Miami University graduates, have chosen to honor their Miami connection with gifts naming two meeting rooms and a quiet study room within the Armstrong Student Center.
The Ostbergs reside in Bloomington, Ill., where Roy was an ophthalmologist until his retirement 11 years ago. They have stayed connected to Miami through two daughters who graduated from the university, and they remain active as class agents for the Class of 1962 and co-chairs for their 50-year reunion committee. While the couple’s support of Miami has been ongoing through the years, the Armstrong Student Center, according to Barbara, seemed like a pressing need for the university and a nice opportunity to give back.
“We enjoyed Shriver Center during our time at Miami, but it’s been there a long time and has been outgrown,” Barbara said. “The plans for the Armstrong Student Center look wonderful, and it seemed like such a meaningful opportunity to be able to connect our names with spaces that will allow students to come together to work on projects or study quietly.”
Scheduled for first phase completion in 2014, the Armstrong Student Center has been designed with an emphasis on bringing students together, including high-demand spaces conducive to small-group meetings and study. Located near the Hub of Miami’s campus, the Armstrong Student Center is considered the future of the Miami Experience, providing students with opportunities to come together to collaborate, exercise leadership, and connect globally through advanced technologies.
In addition to the named spaces, the Ostbergs also are funding two named tiles on the Armstrong Student Center’s Slant Walk in honor of their daughters Susan Ostberg Kushman ’91 (and son-in-law Kevin Kushman ’91) and Karen Ostberg Wolter ’95. The Slant Walk tiles are among a wide range of named recognition opportunities – starting at $200 – available to alumni and friends within the center.
According to Barbara, it just seems natural for them to give back to a place that has given so much to their family.
“When you feel very connected to a place, you try to do what you can to support it,” Barbara said. “Our years at Miami were such a happy time for us, and we made so many lasting friendships. Miami gave us opportunities to grow, and those memories remain very near and dear to our heart.”
Miami is seeking to raise $30 million in private support toward the construction of the Armstrong Student Center, and the effort has gained considerable momentum since the $15 million naming gift of Mike and Ann Armstrong (1961) last June.
Gift to the Armstrong Student Center also count toward the Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor, a $500 million initiative supporting scholarships, faculty, student-learning opportunities, academic programs, and facilities and grounds.