Illinois Wesleyan Launches Campaign for Myers Welcome Center
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan has launched a campaign to complete funding
of the Minor Myers jr. Welcome Center. In July, the Executive Committee of the University’s
Board of Trustees voted to accept a recommendation to construct a new two-story,
19,000 square-foot facility on the site of the former United Methodist Conference
Center at the corner of Park Street and University Avenue once all the funds necessary
for the $5-million project have been secured.
The Indianapolis architecture firm CSO Schenkel Schultz has developed plans for the
new building, which will house the Office of Admissions and the Career Center. The
building will be named in honor of the late Illinois Wesleyan president, Minor Myers
jr., who died in 2003.
“As we explored various alternatives that we might pursue, it was clear that new construction
would be a far better alternative to renovating the existing structure,” said Illinois
Wesleyan President Richard F. Wilson. “This is an important project on several different
levels. On the one hand, I think there is no better way to recognize President Myers’
visionary leadership than this. In addition, the Center will be one of the first facilities
that prospective students and families see, and we want that initial interaction to
reflect the quality that permeates the institution. Finally, the facility will serve
students as they complete their undergraduate programs and make decisions about graduate
school and careers. In effect, the building is dedicated to two key transitions in
the life of a student.
The Office of Admissions will occupy the first floor of the building, which will feature
offices for admissions officers as well as a spacious waiting room and a 75-seat auditorium
for group presentations.
The Career Center will be on the second floor with offices, a resource center, and
conference rooms where employers can hold interviews with students.
A lower level will be used for administrative support, work areas, and storage.The
exterior of the building has been designed to complement existing architecture on
the campus. The Myers Welcome Center will face Park Street and the Alice Millar Center
for the Fine Arts, including Presser Hall, and is across University Avenue from Evelyn
“The architects have worked hard to create a design that will fit seamlessly into
the campus aesthetic,” said Wilson. “ We are excited about what this will add to the
overall look and feel of the campus.”
According to Benjamin Rhodes, director of development, the University has received
more than $4.07 million in gifts and pledges for the Center, including a $500,000
leadership gift from Kent ’68 and Sue Wallace of Dallas, Tex.
“We are currently developing materials to support the campaign to complete funding
of this important addition to the campus,” said Rhodes. “Our goal is to be in a position
to break ground on the building by mid-2006.”
Gifts to the Minor Myers jr. Welcome Center may be made by contacting the Office of