Lander University alumna secures naming rights at future Recreation, Wellness and Sports Complex: Baseball stadium will bear Stephen Dolny's name
July 31, 2008
It just might be the perfect tribute for a man who loved Lander University and a great game of baseball.
Through a generous contribution to her alma mater, Lander alumna Linda Dolny of Greenwood, president of PML Associates Inc., has secured the naming rights to the baseball stadium in Lander's future Recreation, Wellness and Sports (RWS) Complex. The facility will be named the Stephen B. Dolny Baseball Stadium in memory of Dolny's husband, Stephen, who died in 2007 after a battle with cancer.
"Steve cared very much about Lander and he loved baseball. He was a big New York Mets fan and he enjoyed watching Lander's team play," said Linda Dolny. "The family thought that naming the baseball stadium in his memory would combine those loves in a way that honors his love for Greenwood, Lander and the game that gave him so much joy."
Eleanor Teal, who worked closely with the Dolnys before retiring in June as Lander's vice president for University Advancement and executive director of The Lander Foundation, said "Linda and Steve have been great friends to Lander and its students for many years. This is yet another extraordinary gift, and it is one that will impact not only the university, but the entire Greenwood community."
Steve Dolny took on the role of senior associate with PML Associates following a 37-year career with General Electric Company, where he served as manager of the company's corporate personnel relations organization. He has two sons - Mark Dolny of Boston, Mass., and Dan Dolny of Memphis, Tenn. - and three grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Warren Dolny of New York City.
A sought-after consultant and speaker in the areas of leadership, employee empowerment and human value systems, he co-chaired the Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce's Bridges Leadership Program and held positions with the South Carolina Educational Resources Foundation, the Children's Center, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Greenwood Community Theatre.
"Steve was one of the most passionate, people-focused individuals I've ever known. He was very down-to-earth and treated everyone as a friend," Linda Dolny said. "He was truly a leader that people knew they could follow."
At Lander, Steve Dolny served on the board for The Lander Foundation and was a former member of the university's Board of Visitors. Linda Dolny, an incoming member of Lander's Board of Trustees, graduated with honors from Lander in 1969. She has served on the advisory board of Lander's Department of Business Administration and on the board of directors for The Lander Foundation. The Dolnys were given honorary doctorates at Lander in 2004, and the couple have established several endowed scholarships at the university.
Since 1997, the Dolnys have sponsored the South Carolina Scholastic Art Awards at Lander, which annually attracts thousands of entries from young artists across the state, and the couple established four endowed scholarships at the university. "Part of what defines success is being able to give back, and it's important to give back not just financially, but also with your time and talents," Linda Dolny said.
She said Steve was excited about the future of the university, adding that he believed the RWS Complex would give Lander a bigger presence in Greenwood while improving the health of the community.
"As we prepare to welcome Linda as a member of our Board of Trustees, we are delighted that she has chosen to give back to her alma mater in a way that both memorializes a wonderful man and benefits our students and community members," said Lander President Dr. Daniel Ball.
The Stephen B. Dolny Baseball Stadium will be just one of many recreational and athletic features at the 25-acre RWS complex, which will be built on the former Greenwood Plaza property. Located just two blocks from Lander's campus, the complex will also be home to Lander's soccer, softball and tennis teams, as well as the site of intramural fields and a public playground. In addition, Self Regional Healthcare will continue to operate its Wellness Works center on the grounds of the complex. In 2007, Capsugel, a division of Pfizer Inc., secured naming rights for the complex's walking track.
A number of naming opportunities are still available at the RWS Complex. For information on giving opportunities, contact Jeff May, Lander Athletics director, at 864-388-8316, or Adam Taylor, Lander vice president for University Advancement and executive director of The Lander Foundation, at 864-388-8350.