Conlan Turns 20





Conlan Recreation Center

Save the Date — #ConlanTurns20

Dominican is inviting all alumni — especially former student-athletes (including cheerleaders), coaches and athletics directors — to return to campus on Saturday, February 22, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Sister Samuel Conlan Recreation Center!

The special commemorative event will feature an Open House in Conlan Center from 4-5:30 p.m. followed by a reception prior to the Penguins’ women and men’s basketball games against Pacific West Conference rival Azusa Pacific. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

All attendees will receive a commemorative free "Conlan Center 20th Anniversary" key chain that includes a flashlight, measuring tape, and bottle opener.

Jerusha Paine, a graduate student in Dominican's MBA program, leads the country in NCAA Division II women's basketball in scoring with a 25.9 points per game average. She also leads the PacWest in rebounding with 10.8 pg. It is a must-win situation for the Lady Penguins to keep their PacWest tournament hopes alive.

The Penguin men are led by Jaelen Ragsdale, who is 11th in the PacWest in scoring with 14.3 ppg. Selom Mawugbe, a 6-foot-10 center, leads the first-place Cougars, who bring a 16-game winning streak to Conlan Center. Mawugbe leads the PacWest in rebounding, blocked shots, and field goal percentage.  

All former student-athlete alumni, former coaches and former athletics directors will be recognized in on-court ceremonies at halftime of the two games.

The Open House/ Basketball Doubleheader highlights the #ConlanTurns20 weekend beginning Friday, February 21, with the Alumni Men’s Basketball Game and continuing Saturday with a Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCAL) non-conference match on Kennelly Field at 11:30 a.m. between Dominican and Boise State University and on Sunday, February 23, with a Dominican match vs. San Diego State University at 1 p.m. The #ConlanTurns20 weekend celebration concludes with a Softball Alumni Game around the Penguins PacWest doubleheader with Holy Names starting at noon on Sunday on Penguin Field.

Though dedicated on April 29, 2000 with a grand gala on Reunion Weekend, the Conlan Center’s first athletic event was on February 18, 2000, an NAIA men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader between Dominican and Patten College played in front of a capacity crowd of more than 1,200.

Named in honor of Sister Samuel Conlan, Dominican’s fifth president and retired Professor of English, the recreation center was the first new campus building in 37 years. It was built as part of a $20 million “Building Tomorrow Today” campaign.


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