WKU Unveils Augenstein Alumni Center

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"This building speaks to our traditions... our values... and all the things that make us distinctive as a university.  Prospective students will start their tours here.  They'll learn about our traditions even as they're making a decision to become a Hilltopper," said WKU President Gary Ransdell.

At WKU the spirit makes the master, and that spirit has a new home.

"We're all part of this big family, and everybody needs a place to call home," said WKU National Alumni Board of Directors President Kristen Miller.

The Augenstein Alumni Center will be home to Hilltoppers from the past and those they hope will be Hilltoppers of the future.

"This building speaks to our traditions... our values... and all the things that make us distinctive as a university. Prospective students will start their tours here. They'll learn about our traditions even as they're making a decision to become a Hilltopper," said WKU President Gary Ransdell.

The center was privately funded, many of those donors present today.

"More than 2,000 people came together to fund this $5.6 million worth of funding that went into this building," said Miller.

"And it's not just the dollars... it's the intangible passion that our alumni feel for this university," said Ransdell.

It's not just a building.

"Even as magnificent a building as this is, still the meaning behind it is a monument to some great alumni," said Mr. Western Lee Robertson.

It will be the beginning of each prospective student's tour of campus but it's more than that. It's a monument to the history of the Hilltoppers.

"There's something about this place. It's sincere. It's warm. It's friendly. It's genuine," said Roberston.

"There are very special unique things, facets that have been brought into this building that are truly emblematic of the campus. There's a library where all the books are either copies of the Talisman, or books that have been written by WKU alumni, faculty, staff," said Miller.

Full of tradition and spirit the Augenstein Alumni Center is the beginning of a new chapter at WKU.


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