Monthly Archives: January 2015

Tunnel Vision – Bright Blue or Dark Cool ?

August 30, 2015 ——————————

Soon after this blog was first published in January the response was immediate and unanimous – “Bright Blue” !! Fast forward seven months later to August 28. Comments from those who have seen the tunnel:  Wow! Goosebumps! Fantastic!

Tunnel Picture SpotThe new tunnel entrance to The Robert F. Busbey Natatorium features an under-water-like experience leading into one of the fastestpools in the country and certainly one of the most graphically dramatic.  All thanks to the “Team is Forever” attitude from Fenn College and Cleveland State University Swimming and Diving friends and alumni.

Imagine the shock when visitors walk around the corner of the PE Building and first see Bob’s name – and then the after-shock when they fully comprehend the tunnel effect that stands in front of them.  Hello Magnus –  Go Vikings!!Tunnel Guard

The last 20 days have marked a complete change of atmosphere in the pool thanks to the Design Team at Flying Hand Design and the production and installation team at Repros, Inc.  This would be an excellent time to call out the Repros team because projects like the South Tunnel are challenging, difficult, frustrating, – – – well, you get the message.

How often have you messed up the small 1′ sticker on your licence plate.  Or a 3″ window decal.  And of course that bumper sticker with the bubble or wrinkle in it.  Now imagine working with the vinyl graphics in the tunnel.  How would you like to tackle an 8′ wide ceiling on a stepladder.  Or a 20′ wall bordered by angles, doors and a 12′ high ceiling.

High fives all around for the Repros Install Team.  Way To GO !Tunnel Installation Tunnel Title - Getting it Right

Tunnel Install Team

Oh, and remind us to tell you the story about the diving catch in the end zone to the get the name right!  You will have at least six opportunities to hear that story and more at Heritage Weekend Friday September 25 and Saturday September 26.

Details HERE. See you THERE.

Wally Morton ’74-’14, Dave Guinther ’69, Tom Fattlar ‘74;’81-’84, Jim Starrett ’74, Jim Smith ’78, Joe Stockwell ’81 and Mike Lehto ’94-’07


January 25, 2015 ——————————

Two hot-off-the-press design concepts for the tunnel into The Robert F. Busbey Natatorium bleachers provide contrasting approaches for the graphics possibilities. We’re interested in alumni thoughts on these options.  Please leave your comments below or on our Facebook group page.

By now everyone should be familiar with the Concept Graphics developed for The Robert F. Busbey Natatorium.  If by chance you have not seen them, they are HERE.

One of the last pieces to the project is the tunnel that leads from the PE Building to the second floor bleachers of the pool.  Two alternate concepts have been developed.

Option I provides a dramatic entrance through a dark tunnel flanked by two swimmers.CSU_NatatoriumTunnel_concepts-10

Option II features an underwater immersion path into the pool.CSU_NatatoriumTunnel_concepts-16

Here is a renderings for Option I. CSU_NatatoriumTunnel_concepts-21

And for Option II.CSU_NatatoriumTunnel_concepts-30

Please see additional pictures for these two concepts at the end of this blog.

We are inviting CSU swimming and diving friends and alumni to share their thoughts with the Heritage Committee on these two concepts.   Many ways to do so:

  • Leave a comment at the bottom of this post
  • Comment on our Facebook group page HERE
  • Send an email to with your thoughts or to talk live with one of our committee members.

Thank you, and Go Vikings !

For the CSU Swimming and Diving Heritage Project,
Wally Morton ’74-’14, Dave Guinther ’64, Jim Starrett ’74, Jim Smith ’78, Joe Stockwell ‘81, Tom Fattlar ’86

PS – Please DONATE, SHARE this link ( ), and COMMENT on Facebook

In the splash zone:

If you have not done so already, please consider making a donation to support the Heritage Project here:  Only 34 days left until the matching challenge gift expires on February 28th.  Please consider passing along the link above and graphic below to other friends and alumni:Heritage Mailer - Graphic

Here are additional pictures and descriptions of the tunnel graphics concepts.  First, for “Dark Cool”:





And for “Light Blue”:CSU_NatatoriumTunnel_concepts-20

CSU_NatatoriumTunnel_concepts-19 CSU_NatatoriumTunnel_concepts-17



Six Weeks Left – Let’s ALL Finish Viking Strong Together

CSU swimmers and divers have a tradition of peaking for the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships – Feb 25-28 this year. February 28 is also the date the Matching Gift Challenge for the Heritage Project will expire.  Let’s ALL finish Viking Strong Together!

Initial leadership funding for the project (concept graphics are HERE) provided us with a solid start in October.  Then our general campaign kicked in just before Thanksgiving (Heritage Campaign Launched with $50,000 Matching Gift Challenge).

We closed out 2014 with over $14,000 in donations against the $25,000 target needed to obtain the matching $50k.  Now we need everyone’s support to meet our two goals: fund the project and show broad participation among ALL alumni.

The Heritage Project is not just about fundraising – its an opportunity to demonstrate to future prospects, current teams and CSU administration that Fenn/CSU swimming and diving alumni believe in the importance of  “team is forever”.

You can help with a contribution of any amount from $25 to $1,000 on line HERE or making a donation by check if that works better for you (address details on our website). And remember, EVERY donation helps to fund the project and  – JUST AS IMPORTANT- shows support for CSU Swimming and Diving.

With less than six weeks to go we can also use your help to spread the word to other friends and alumni.  Please call, email, text or connect with others using your favorite social media.

And remember you can check out pictures of your team on the Heritage Website. Men’s pictures from 1932 and women’s pictures from 1970 are here: Team Photos.

Thank you, and Go Vikings !

For the CSU Swimming and Diving Heritage Committee,
Wally Morton ’74-’14, Dave Guinther ’64, Jim Smith ’78, Joe Stockwell ‘81

PS – In case you want to send along the above links directly, they are repeated here:


In the Splash Zone

Congrats to our men’s and women’s team for their win over Gannon Friday.  The 2015 pictures, along with team rosters, have been posted to the Heritage Website as well. You can check them out here:  Women’s Photo     Men’s Photo