Hansen Student Center
Student Center to Receive Upgrades
May 16, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – This summer, as the Illinois Wesleyan campus hums with the construction
of the new classroom building, other changes will also take place just shy of the
building site, in the Hansen Student Center.
At the end of the fall 2011 semester, the Student Senate approved funding for upgrades
to the Hansen Student Center. The majority of the funds went toward new stage lighting
equipment, featuring more sustainable LED fixtures, as well as an improved microphone
system. At the end of the spring 2012 semester, the Senate approved funding from "roll-over"
money to be allocated for further upgrades. Students can expect to see new furnishings
for Hattie's and the Center Court, including high top chairs and coffee tables for
the balcony, game equipment for Tommy's, a more visible stage, updated sound and audio/visual
technology and renovations to the Registered Student Organization (RSO) room.
Student Senate Treasurer Brexton Isaacs, Class of 2015, said that the money used for
these changes will not affect how student organizations are funded. "All of the funding
for these projects will come out of the Senate roll-over. We felt that this was a
worthy investment. Not only will this benefit students now, but for many years to
Amy DeBoer, Class of 2015 and activity programmer for the student center, echoed Isaacs's
sentiments. "The student center is the living room of the campus. We feel that it
needs to be more user-friendly for students."
Colin Stewart, director of student activities and leadership programs, has worked
closely with the students and looks forward to seeing these changes take place. He
is equally excited by the efforts the students have made. "It is impressive to observe
IWU students not only leading this initiative to improve their student center, but
also critically thinking about the way students use their space and how they will
continue to utilize it for years to come."
For more information on the project, contact Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 556-3850.
Contact: Kristin Fields '12, (309) 556-3181, email@example.com