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Rivier Dedicates New Athletics Facility and Names Turf Field

More than 200 community members and city officials gathered for the Dedication and Naming of Linda Robinson Pavilion and Joanne Merrill Field at Rivier University.

The culmination of a yearlong construction project, the athletics pavilion has transformed the game-day experience for student-athletes and fans. The new stadium stands atop one of the highest points in the city of Nashua and now serves not only as the home of Rivier Raider Athletics, but also as a resource for local youth and community groups.

Upon the 50th anniversary of her graduation, devoted alumna and trustee Linda Lemery Robinson ‘69/’79G/’94H extended her commitment to the Rivier and Greater Nashua communities with a legacy gift for the athletics pavilion. The new facility provides stadium seating, team rooms and conference space for pre- and post-game gatherings, a training room, locker rooms, and a press box with an enhanced sound system.

The naming of Joanne Merrill Field recognizes Merrill’s 40-year career and ongoing service as Director of Athletics. She has created an athletic environment of integrity, service, and leadership for both coaches and student-athletes and led the Raider Athletics program to more than 25 championships.

Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President, thanked Linda Robinson and Joanne Merrill for their strong spirit, support, and generosity to the University. “Each in their own way has consistently answered the call to advance Rivier’s mission and create a powerful student experience,” said Sister Paula. “This Pavilion is more than just a new facility; it represents a dedication to the University and athletics, inspiring generations of Rivier students to reach ‘Higher and Better’.”

The official opening of Linda Robinson Pavilion and Joanne Merrill Field and enhancements to Raider Softball Diamond fulfills a major goal of the University’s Vision 2020 strategic plan. It also acknowledges the impact of athletics in education—the development of complementary skills in leadership, teamwork, prioritization and time management, and service to others. “I hope every member of the Rivier community, but especially Raider student-athletes, see this as a commitment with a capital “C” to current students, to future students, to the community of Nashua,” offered Joanne Merrill in her address.

Construction continues on the University’s 35,000-square-foot Science and Innovation Center, scheduled to open in fall 2020. Rivier University, located in Nashua, New Hampshire, offers on-campus and online degrees at the undergraduate, professional studies, graduate, and doctoral levels. For detailed information, visit Prospective students can contact the Office of Admissions at (603) 897-8507 to learn more.