(Peru, Neb.) – Peru State College and the Peru State College Foundation will celebrate Project ROAR with three groundbreakings on Saturday, April 29.

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place in March which included officials from the Nebraska State College System and the Board of Trustees.

The April 29 groundbreakings will be for Bobcat alumni, family, and friends to kick off the first construction of brand-new buildings at Peru State for the first time since 1980. With a $15 million-plus estimated cost, Project ROAR is the largest construction project – both in terms of cost and square footage – in Peru State’s entire history. The event is being coordinated around the final home athletic events taking place on the campus for the 2022-23 year.


The schedule of events follows:

1 pm                      Baseball DH vs. Graceland University

2 pm                      Softball DH vs. William Penn University

3:30 pm               Baseball Groundbreaking at the Centennial Complex

3:45 pm               Softball Groundbreaking at the Centennial Complex

5 pm                      Alumni Flag Football Tournament

6:30 pm               Football Groundbreaking at the Oak Bowl

7 pm                      Spring Football Game


Project ROAR contributors will be throwing out the first pitches/passes. 1951 graduate Carlos Harrison of Shenandoah, Iowa, will throw the first pitch for the baseball game. Carlos, 94 years young, has respectfully requested to be a little closer to home plate for his pitch! For the 2 pm softball game, Dobey and Butch (‘69) Haws of Lincoln will toss the first pitch. Prior to the start of the spring football game, Jerry (’64) and Christina (’88) Joy of Stella and Paul (’67) and Arlene (’67) Fell will throw a few passes.

Each groundbreaking will feature brief remarks from President Michael Evans, representatives from the respective teams, and a Foundation member.

Please plan to join Peru State in this celebration on the 29th and cheer on the Bobcats! Contact the Foundation at 402-872-2304 or pscfoundation@peru.edu with any questions.