21st Century Classrooms

West Virginia Wesleyan College has a rich history of grooming young men and women for productive careers, life-long learning, and service to their communities. Steeped in tradition for nearly 125 years, Wesleyan challenges its students to:
• think critically and creatively,
• communicate effectively,
• act responsibly, and
• demonstrate their local and world citizenship through service.

Since its founding in 1890, Wesleyan’s strong liberal arts core has been complemented by professional and pre-professional studies that meet the practical needs of the state, region, and nation. Today, Wesleyan has nearly 1,500 students and offers 44 majors and 34 minors along with graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, education, English creative writing, and nursing.

Changing Classrooms— Changing Expectations

Wesleyan’s classrooms, like those at colleges and universities across the country, were designed to focus on the lecturer. Students entered the classroom and often sat in desks with a small top providing enough space for a pencil and a notebook. They were expected to read their textbook prior to the class lecture so they were prepared to vigorously take notes and ask questions related to the topic prepared by the faculty member for that day.

Today, classrooms are designed to focus on the student. Students are seated at tables and chairs which can be easily reconfigured to encourage student-led discussion and small group project work and wide enough to support a laptop and tablet computers. The instructor uses state-of-the-art technology utilizing resources from around the world.

The renovation of classrooms will help Wesleyan attract the next generation of outstanding faculty and students.

Wesleyan’s Classrooms for the Future

Wesleyan has identified 39 classrooms to be upgraded into flexible, technology-rich learning venues. Upgrading our interactive learning environment is a key component of the campus facility master plan. Once completed, a newly-renovated classroom will feature:
• State-of-the-art technology
• Projectors
• Whiteboards
• Teacher stations
• Student seating
• Infrastructure to accommodate current and future technology needs.

A standard current classroom at WVWC.

Wesleyan Classroom Naming Opportunities

Naming opportunities for a Classroom of the Future can be made in installments over a five-year period. Gifts may also be made in honor or memory of family members or a favorite faculty or staff member. Renovations will not begin until 80 percent of the pledge is met.

Listed below are the current available naming opportunities.

Administration Building
  • A-22 $40,000
  • A-25 $50,000
  • A-30 $60,000
  • A-34 $50,000
  • A-36 $50,000
  • A-38 Named in memory of Frank Bayard

Christopher Hall of Science
  • C-103 $50,000
  • C-114 $40,000
  • C-216 $75,000
  • C-217 $60,000
  • C-305 $40,000
  • C-313 Named in memory of Dr. Ernest Capstack by Dr. Scott ’84 and Peg Strickler ‘83
  • C-314 $75,000
  • C-408 $25,000
  • C-414 $50,000
  • Teaching Labs $250,000

Haymond Hall
  • H-4 Named in honor of Jack and Sylvia J. Burry ’68
  • H-5 $40,000
  • H-21 $50,000
  • H-109 $40,000
  • H-116 $50,000
  • H-120 $40,000
  • H-121 $50,000
  • H-213 $60,000

Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library
  • 206 $50,000

Loar Hall
  • L-22 $50,000
  • L-23 $50,000

Martin Religious Center
  • MRC-100 $50,000
  • MRC-104 Named in honor of Cameron David Ives ’80 by Eleanor Barnhart
  • MRC-108 $50,000
  • MRC-200 Named by The Emeritus Club
  • MRC-300 Named in memory of Dr. John Warner by Pat ’83 and Leigh Fleming ‘83
  • MRC-312 $40,000

McCuskey Hall
  • MC-107 $60,000
Middleton Hall
  • M-114 $60,000
  • M-119 $50,000
  • M-214 $50,000
  • Skills Lab $75,000

Rockefeller Physical Education Center
  • R-204 $50,000

Enhancing Our Tradition, Embracing Our Future

We invite you to participate in converting traditional classrooms into 21st century instructional spaces. Contributions of any size will make a difference and help Wesleyan re-invigorate its 50-plus-year-old facilities. Now is the time to develop the College’s 21st century “Learning Village” that will provide innovative learning tools and relevant academic facilities.

Office of Advancement
West Virginia Wesleyan College
59 College Avenue
Buckhannon, WV 26201

(800) 768-8264 or (304) 473-8600