A Message to the Beaver Nation

Aug. 25, 2003

Dear Beaver Nation;

I hope you are as excited as I am for the 2003 football season. The entire Athletic Department has waited for months for Thursday at Reser Stadium.

I want to personally thank all of you who have contributed to the 'Raising Reser - Expanding Beaver Nation' campaign. The campaign is vital for the continued success of the football program, as well as the entire department. This has been a major, but exciting, campaign that I'm confident will be completed within our ambitious time frame.

This week begins what I believe will be another exciting year. Coach Riley, his staff, and team have lofty expectations for this season, and I firmly believe those expectations will be realized on and off the field.

I encourage you to arrive early Thursday. We anticipate heavy traffic up and down the I-5 corridor as well as Greater Corvallis. We have taken steps to help diminish parking problems and traffic situations around the stadium, but your early arrival is always appreciated. We encourage you to visit the campus on Thursday and become re-acquainted with Oregon State University. You will see construction near the stadium on historic Weatherford Hall and the ongoing remodeling and expansion of the Dixon Recreation Center. We also encourage you to visit the OSU Bookstore and the many businesses in the local area.

For those of you who can't be in attendance Thursday, we hope you will be able to gather around the television to view the game on the Beaver Sports Network throughout Oregon, tune in the game via radio, or listen by accessing osubeavers.com.

I have had the opportunity to travel up and down the West Coast in my first year as the athletic director, and the support this school has from its alumni and friends is simply amazing. The Beaver Nation is truly unique and I'm very proud to be a part of it.

We hope you enjoy what promises to be an exciting season of Beaver football. I hope to see you at the stadium or at one of our functions around the state.

Sincerely,

Bob De Carolis Director of Athletics

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