|Alumni pitch in on MTSU Pigskin Preview Party
|Wednesday, August 13, 2008 2:05 pm.
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|MTSU alumni Tim and Pam Keach and Kent Ayer continue to give back to the university they hold near to their hearts.
The Keach family will open their home for the Saturday, Aug. 23, Pigskin Pregame, the annual kickoff event for the Blue Raiders’ football season. The Keaches live at 1440 Avellino Circle in Mirabella, just off Pitts Lane.
The MTSU Rutherford County Alumni Chapter sponsors the 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. event.
Tickets are $30 per person if purchased by Wednesday, Aug. 20, and $35 afterward and at the door. The price includes food, beverages, entertainment and door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Rutherford County Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund.
For tickets, call 1-800-533-6878 or visit www.mtalumni.com.
“We’re pleased to be asked to do it,” Tim Keach said of their hosting plans for Pigskin Pregame. “We’re excited about this year’s football season and the anticipation of winning the Sun Belt (Conference) — in football and basketball.”
Holding Pigskin Pregame is just one avenue of support of MTSU by the Keaches. The family business adds another dimension.
Tim Keach (B.S. ’72) and Ayer (B.B.A. ’99) are business associates with Murfreesboro-based TDK Construction; Keach serves as president and Ayer serves as vice-president. TDK is a national construction company with 25-plus employees and current projects in Tennessee, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma. The company recently received national attention when it was recognized by Multifamily Executive magazine as the top contractor in the Southwest.
A special project completed by TDK last year was for MTSU athletics. TDK constructed and donated 10 open-air boxes in the north end zone of Floyd Stadium that were completed for the start of the 2007 season. Each box holds a minimum of 12 people.
“Our proudest part of the project was that it was solely managed by two MTSU students who were working as interns, Kendall Lee and Matt Sterling,” Keach said.
“We’ve been wanting to do something for the university—a construction project—since we have taken on sponsorship of a scholarship, which is a separate gift,” he continued, adding that the scholarship for students in the construction management program is in the endowment stage.
TDK’s relationship with MTSU has allowed the company to tap into the university’s greatest resource: its students.
In the last three years, TDK has hired eight MTSU graduates, primarily construction management or concrete industry majors. Lee and Sterling headed up the project with athletics while interns, Keach said.
Other alumni hired by the company from the construction management school include Matt Fugate, Chase Swing and Derrick Jenkins; Bob Busteed is a current construction management student intern. Alums Mike Rigby and Drew Cox were in concrete industry management.
“It works out great for us,” Ayer said of MTSU students working as interns for their company.
“All students we have hired have been extremely sharp individuals,” Ayer added. “Hiring interns allows us to see their skill set while at the same time gives these students a great experience. Long-term, it helps us see if we’re a good fit for them and if they’re a good fit for us.”
Keach said he and his wife, Pam, who is a 1991 graduate with an interior design degree and teaching certificate and who plans to pursue a master’s degree, “personally want to do various things (for MTSU) from time to time.”
At home, he has a Blue Raider Room, and the couple has recruited 3-year-old daughter Margaret Ann as a Blue Raider fan.
Tim Keach began serving on the MTSU Foundation July 1. Ayer, a former director of the Blue Raider Athletic Association and former point guard on the men’s basketball team, serves on the MTSU National Alumni Association Board of Directors.
MTSU Pigskin Pregame at a Glance
MTSU Pigskin Pregame
6:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23
Home of Tim and Pam Keach, 1440 Avellino Circle in Mirabella, Murfreesboro
Tickets: $30 each if purchased by Aug. 20 / $35 thereafter and at the door
Event benefits Rutherford County MTSU Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund
Information: 615-898-2922, 800-533-6878 or visit mtsualumni.com