Ceremonial Groundbreaking Planned for WWU’s Sorority Circle

Sorority CircleA ceremonial groundbreaking will be held April 26 for William Woods University’s latest construction project: Sorority Circle, the largest project of the university’s Imagine Campaign.

The ceremony, which takes place during WWU’s Alumni Weekend, will be held at 2:45 p.m. between McNutt Campus Center and Aldridge.

With the help of alumni, employees, donors and friends, William Woods University has raised nearly $10.8 million for the Imagine Campaign—$600,000 over goal. This means WWU has met the Mabee Challenge and will receive $1 million from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.

“The Mabee Foundation invests in us because they believe in us … in what are doing every day to provide lifelong learning opportunities for our students,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, said.

The Imagine Campaign comprised three objectives— the construction of Sorority Circle, an endowment to support the Center for Ethics and Global Studies, and the renovation of the Tom and Claudine O’Connor Alumni and Visitors’ Center.

“Our faculty and staff so strongly believe in these objectives that 91 percent contributed to the campaign.”

Sorority Circle will not only provide substantial additional housing to the entire campus—benefiting both Greek and independent students—but it will also provide

Construction site for Sorority Circle
Construction site for Sorority Circle

much-needed technological and structural improvements, such as wireless Internet access and central air-conditioning.

“Construction of this complex will help William Woods improve and preserve its attractive and inviting residential campus,” Barnett said. “This complex also will ensure WWU’s ability to remain competitive among its peers and continue to attract and retain quality students.”

According to Barnett, by housing all four sororities together in one village, the residential complex will help to strengthen the university’s Greek community. The individuality of each sorority will be maintained through separate entries and individual common areas for studying, socializing and conducting meetings.

The complex will provide 136 beds. In addition to meeting housing demands, the complex will also provide a comfortable, safe and modern living environment for WWU students.

WWU_Animation_01 001At the start of the campaign, William Woods received a lead gift of $2.5 million from the Brockman Lambert Foundation, representing the largest foundation gift ever received by the university. In addition, an anonymous individual donor provided a leadership gift of $2 million.

More recently, former WWU board member and Central Trust Bank board Chairman Sam Cook made a significant donation in support of the university’s Imagine Campaign, and the amphitheater to be built behind Sorority Circle will bear his name.

“The Imagine Campaign has built upon the William Woods mission to distinguish itself as a student-centered institution and fulfill its vision to be recognized as a progressive and growing leader in higher education,” Barnett said.