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This rendering shows potential renovations to Stuyvesant Hall, which began housing students in 1931.
Image by Schooley Caldwell Associates of Columbus

Ohio Wesleyan University Receives $5 Million ‘Challenge’ Gift
Anonymous Contribution Supports Residence Hall Renovation Project

March 17, 2011

DELAWARE, OH – Anonymous donors are pledging $5 million to Ohio Wesleyan University as part of a challenge to encourage OWU graduates and friends to make their own contributions to the Stuyvesant Hall renovation project.

The yearlong project to modernize and expand Ohio Wesleyan’s oldest residence hall is expected to cost approximately $15 million. With this challenge, more than $10 million has been pledged for the renovation project. A timetable for construction has not been finalized.

The gift follows, and was inspired by, an announcement earlier this week that the university had received $3.3 million in long-term commitments for the renovation project, said President Rock Jones, Ph.D.

“This gift acknowledges the importance of providing a premier residential-campus experience for our students,” Jones said. “The donors were inspired by the generosity of others and want to challenge even more people to come forward to support the Stuyvesant Hall project.”

Stuyvesant Hall, 223 W. Williams St., opened in 1931 and is one of Ohio Wesleyan’s most recognizable buildings. It is one of 11 campus buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Potential renovation plans include adding a fourth floor to the residential wings that flank each side of the hall. The wings, now three stories each, currently have flat roofs. The addition of the fourth floor would mimic the pitched roof and dormer look of the main building, creating a finished look worthy of its historic heritage. In reviewing Ohio Wesleyan’s plans, staff members of the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development have noted the work would have “a big, positive visual impact” on the campus and community.

The renovation also would allow the university to add approximately 40 bedrooms, containing up to 50 beds, to the residence hall. Overall, the renovated building would house an estimated 292 students. When work is completed, the building would feature several environmentally friendly “green components,” and the chimes in its signature bell tower would ring again.

“I am confident additional donors will accept this gift challenge and help us continue moving forward with plans to renovate Stuyvesant Hall and all of our student-living areas,” Jones said.

Learn more about giving to this and other Ohio Wesleyan initiatives.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.