Old Main Lane Celebration to be held April 12 at UW-W’s University Center

The James R. Connor University Center (UC) at UW-Whitewater will be hosting the Old Main Lane Celebration on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm. The program will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the first installation goal in Old Main Lane during the University’s Sesquicentennial year. “The purpose of the hallway is to help celebrate the rich history of the campus and to celebrate Warhawk spirit,” states Kim Adams of the University Center and the coordinator of the project. 

Over the course of a three-year period, UC staff and students, as well as a Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) team have worked to collect artifacts, photos, news articles and numerous other items to help tell stories of our campus history, in addition to current achievements by students, faculty and staff. Audio recordings and braille captions are also being added to the hallway.  The planning team for the project intends to update certain items and add new information over the months and years to come. 

Deronica Goldsmith of the UW-Whitewater Special Collections is someone who has helped greatly to bring this project to life at the UC. When asked about the significance of the celebration, Deronica stated “This celebration marks the efforts of many people as part of a LEAP proposal. The LEAP team’s goal was to create a place on campus to tell the history, to remember the mission of the campus and see how the campus has grown and changed over time. It displays parts of the 150 years the campus has been present on the current property. We incorporated some permanent artifacts. We created some window displays to highlight current achievements and anniversaries of departments and/or organizations on campus. The addition of touch screens allows us to have a place where visitors can interact with pieces of our rich history and illustrates the pursuit of excellence achieved on the campus.”

This celebration will take place on the second floor of the University Center in the Old Main Ballroom (UC 275B) and the Old Main Lane Hallway. A brief program will take place, along with a live performance of the new Alma Mater.  Light refreshments will also be provided.

For more information, contact Kim Adams at 262-472-1477 or adamsk@uww.edu.

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