By Connor Cavanaugh
Currently, families visiting Elon for the first time are relegated into a single cramped room within Moseley Center, where they await tour guides to lead them around campus. Their experience is about to change in a very positive way.
Elon University is transforming its campus once again, as groundbreaking on a new admissions and welcome center began Friday, Oct. 18 in the Moseley parking lot, the future site of the welcome center.
Named after Elon parents Bill and Pat Inman who gave the lead gift towards the building, the Inman Admissions Welcome Center will combine all campus visit, admissions and financial planning staff from their current three buildings on campus into one central location.
Located next to Moseley Center, the new building will anchor a new quadrangle north of Belk Library, replacing the parking lot’s asphalt with walkways and a sprawling lawn.
The new building will not be cheap, as the University’s goal is to raise $4 million in private donations for the project. However, it will serve as a proper welcoming space for thousands of visitors who complete a campus tour each year.
“Think about how important the first point of contact is for prospective students,” said president Leo Lambert.
“10,905. That is the number of prospective students who visited our campus last year,” said Greg Zaiser, Vice President of Admissions and Financial Planning. “Even today, there are a lot of families lined up in the hallways in Moseley, and that’s not what we want their first experience at Elon to be like.”
The Inman’s have also supported the construction of Rhodes Stadium, Koury Business Center, the Numen Lumen Pavilion and Lindner Hall.
“The Inman’s exemplify what parent leadership means at our institution,” said Lambert after listing their previous donations. “What a legacy of support.”
“As Elon’s reputation grows, so does our applicant pool,” said Zaiser. “This building will allow us to meet students individually, or in large groups in our presentation theatre.”
Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects of New York, the building will reflect Elon’s traditional red brick architecture, arches, and a cupola to echo the Alamance and Lindner buildings on campus.
The Inman Admissions Welcome Center’s completion is expected in January of 2015.