MOUNT PLEASANT - The bust of 14-time Emmy Award winner and Central Michigan alumnus Dick Enberg was officially unveiled in a halftime ceremony at tonight's men's basketball game, capping a weekend of campus activities in which Enberg participated.
The bust greets visitors in the main entrance of the CMU Events Center with Enberg's famous thumbs-up pose he gave at his 1980 commencement speech. The project was the work of 1997 alumnus Todd Anson, who shared the stage with Enberg tonight in recognition of his generous gifts to the CMU Events Center.
Following a video that honored Enberg's longtime work with the U.S. Open tennis tournament, University President Dr. George E. Ross and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke welcomed Anson and his wife, Teresa, to center court. They were followed by the introduction of Enberg and his wife, Barbara.
Enberg's visit began Thursday when he appeared as a special guest on the CMU Sports Network's Front Row Seat coaches' radio show. Saturday, the former professor spoke to a group of students at the Sport Management Conference in the Education and Human Services Building, and prior to tonight's game he was honored at a sold-out dedication dinner at Camille's on the River.
Enberg is a 1957 alumnus of Central Michigan and a 1993 inductee into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame. An influential ambassador across the country for student-athlete academic success, Enberg supports two annual academic leadership awards for the Chippewas and has the student-athlete academic center named in his honor.
Expanded coverage of Enberg's visit will be available on cmuchippewas.com next week.