“Celebrating Five Years of Magic” at Hansen Student Center
January 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—A three-day celebration will mark the fifth-year anniversary of
Illinois Wesleyan University’s Hansen Student Center.
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“Celebrating Five Years of Magic” will begin on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. in the
center court of the Hansen Student Center, 300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington.
Cake and punch will be served, anniversary t-shirts will be given away, class banners
will be raised and artwork by current students will be displayed on the 2nd floor.
Historical photos and memorabilia will also be displayed throughout the building.
The events are free and open to the public and have been planned by the Hansen Student
Center Advisory Board, comprised of IWU students and alumni.
Designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, Boston Mass., Hansen Student Center
is located in the former Memorial Gymnasium, a Neoclassical-style building that was
built in the 1920s in honor of Illinois Wesleyan students who lost their lives in
World War I. The gymnasium was designed with multiple purposes in mind, including
basketball, swimming, and other sports, oratorios, festivals and large meetings and
banquets. The building now is designed to meet the social, recreational and educational
needs of IWU students. It is a center for student life featuring a lobby, information
desk, newsstand, caf, grille and large, student “hang-out” space landscaped with trees,
plants and outdoor seating, plus much more. A two-level bookstore is located in the
building as well.
The $8-million renovation of Memorial Gymnasium started in 2000 and was completed
in January of 2002. Tom O. Hansen, class of 1982, who with his wife Kathleen gave
a multi-million dollar gift to the University that spearheaded the transformation
and whose name now graces the building, will attend the celebration and give remarks
on Thursday. Hansen, a business-administration graduate, was founder and chief-executive
officer of Kentucky-based ACCENT Marketing Services. He currently serves as chairman
of Tom O. Hansen Sales Associates. In 1998 he received IWU’s Outstanding Young Alumni
IWU President Richard F. Wilson, Jim Matthews, dean of students at the time of the
building’s renovation, who along with IWU Student Senate members played a key role
in spearheading the facility’s new look will also speak. Haley Brown, the current
president of Student Senate will speak as well.
On Friday, Jan. 12, starting at 8 p.m. two shows are booked for the evening. Performing
will be award-winning singer-songwriter Jason LeVasseur, who was one of the first
to perform in the Hansen Student Center and mentalist Christopher Carter, IWU class
of 1987. LeVasseur, known for his soulful gritty voice, entertains audiences with
relatable, story-like lyrics. His world travels are said to have influenced his playing
style. Born in the U.S., he spent most of his childhood in Mexico and Belgium and
studied French, Spanish, and Italian for a year in Italy. He has shared the stage
with the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, The Roots and Ben Folds. Additional information
can be found at http://www.jasonlevasseur.com/.
Carter’s show is billed as a “Theater of Thoughts.” Recognized as one of the world’s
most skilled and original thought-readers, he is known to cause a light bulb to explode
through his powers of concentration. He can identify serial numbers on currency
that is hidden in an audience member’s pocket or purse and can tell audience members’
personal facts that have never been revealed to anyone.
Keeping with the theme of magic, on Saturday, Jan. 13, the Titan Film Series will
present the movie The Prestige, starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David
Bowie. A story about rival magicians, the film is rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing
images. For additional information go to: http://theprestige.movies.go.com.
There will also be a late night dance party in Tommy’s at 10:30 p.m. Tommy’s is the
grille located in the lower level of the building.
For additional information, contact Kevin Clark, assistant dean of students at (309)
556-3850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181