UVU donors snag names for bathrooms

2010-03-24T00:35:00Z UVU donors snag names for bathroomsJoe Pyrah - Daily Herald Daily Herald
March 24, 2010 12:35 am  • 

For a million bucks, Brent Brown got a baseball field named after him at Utah Valley University.

If you can't, or won't, spend that kind of scratch to get your name in lights, there are other options. The UVU board of trustees will consider whether to name the yet-to-be constructed bathrooms of their new science building after Ron and Terri Lindorf for a cool $10,000 each.

Ron Lindorf said that he originally saw the concept coming from an Ivy League school mentioned in Forbes. Brad Feld was turned down by MIT and instead got the green light at the University of Colorado. The Lindorfs' price tag of ten grand is looking like a positive steal compared to the $25,000 Feld forked out for his bathroom.

"The idea made me laugh, so I thought I would some day if I had some money to give," Lindorf wrote in an e-mail to the Daily Herald.

The Lindorfs are longtime donors to higher education, and Ron teaches at BYU's Marriott School of Management. Terri Lindorf is a student at UVU.

Naming buildings, or even classrooms after donors is a long-held tradition at universities. For example, UVU trustees will also consider naming a new classroom in the science building for a donation of $25,000. They're still looking for names to put on the old McKay Events Center and the science building. They were caught a bit off guard by Lindorf's pitch, though.

"This was not something that was on our naming opportunities list," said spokesman Brad Plothow, who nevertheless was taking things in stride.

"They're good friends to UVU," he said.

Other universities have their share of things with people's names on them.

"We have everything from trees to buildings," said John DeVillbis at Utah State University. The Logan school typically starts at the top and works their way down -- college to building to classrooms to plaques at the base of trees. DeVillbis said the university is in the middle of their capital campaign and officials are working hard to get funding for everything from child development playgrounds ($100,000) to pavers outside the door ($250).

"We haven't thought of bathrooms," DeVillbis admitted. "If we did, it would have to be a person really on the go."

If a restroom with a name on it sounds a little odd, rest assured that UVU would be keeping things modest. The agenda item makes clear that "a tasteful and appropriate plaque would reflect" the names.

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