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Monday, December 6, 2010
The Talon 6
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William Woods
University, which has
experienced a 71.5
percent increase in on-
campus enrollment since
1990, plans to build a
new residential complex
to alleviate a housing
shortage. To be named
Sorority Circle, it will
house all four existing
sororities—Alpha Chi
Omega, Alpha Phi, Chi
Omega and Delta Gamma.
Sorority Circle will not
only provide new living
space for the sororities,
it will also beneft other
students by freeing up
additional housing.
The fundraising goal
for Sorority Circle and
an adjacent amphitheatre
is $8.2 million. It is
one part of a three-part
fundraising campaign,
which also includes a
Center for Ethics and
Global Studies and an
Alumni and Visitors’
Center. The overall goal
for what WWU is calling
its Imagine Campaign is
$11.7 million.
“Our number one
campaign priority is
the Sorority Circle and
Amphitheatre, which
will help all students
by addressing urgent
housing needs, while
also providing a new
outdoor campus amenity
where all students and the
community can participate
in plays, musical events
and much more,” Dr.
Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU
president, said.
Sorority Circle
According to Barnett,
the need for the Sorority
Circle is clear. William
Woods must provide
additional campus housing
to accommodate signifcant
student population
growth and to address the
decreasing availability of
suitable campus housing.
In addition to the large
enrollment increases over
the past 20 years, WWU
welcomed record incoming
classes in the fall of 2008,
2009 and 2010, putting the
existing residence halls at
maximum capacity.
In addition, the
advanced age of some
existing residence halls
makes them no longer
appropriate to meet the
demands of service as
modern residence halls.
Atkinson Hall (which
houses Chi Omega) and
Harmon Hall (which
houses Delta Gamma)
were both constructed
in the 1930s and do not
meet the needs of today’s
students.
Somewhat unique to the
William Woods campus,
each Greek organization
resides in a university-
owned facility that does
not increase the cost
of room and board
for students.
Recent construction has
expanded the independent
housing on campus;
however, the Greek
community, which resides
entirely on campus and
typically makes up 35-45
percent of the university’s
undergraduate population,
is in need of new facilities,
as well.
“Housing all four
sororities in one area
will help to strengthen
the university’s Greek
community, which
provides an experience
well suited to many of
our undergraduates,”
Barnett said. “It will
also ensure our ability
to remain competitive
among our peers and
continue to attract and
retain students.”
The individuality
of each sorority will be
preserved through separate
entries and individual
common areas for
studying, socializing and
conducting meetings.
In addition to providing
an additional 136 beds,
the 14,464-square-foot
complex will provide a
comfortable, safe, modern
living environment for
students. Each unit, as
planned, will contain
sleeping/living units with
suite-style restrooms
individual meeting
and chapter rooms,
multipurpose room, guest
restroom, laundry room,
front porch, rear patio,
and kitchen.
Amphitheatre
The proposed site for
Sorority Circle, between
McNutt Campus Center
and Aldridge Recreation
Center, also lends itself
to the development of
an amphitheatre. The
amphitheatre, with a
capacity of approximately
250, is intended for use
by all students and the
Fulton community. It will
be designed to be fexible
and useful for theatrical,
musical and ceremonial
events and festivals.
This is “a particular
asset that university
faculty, staff and
students welcomed with
enthusiasm,” Barnett said.
“The amphitheatre will
provide another campus
venue for concerts and
other cultural events.
It will also allow for
increased community
interaction, which
will enrich students’
experiences.”
The
Imagine
campaign
Transformation coming to The Woods
WWU Seeks to Raise Money
for Housing & Amphi theatre