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Gifts to Build and Renovate Campus Facilities

A residential liberal arts college campus embodies the idea and the ideal of educating the whole person – intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially. At Illinois College, all of the elements in such a setting come together to prepare students to live lives characterized by a passion for lifelong learning, a commitment to service and a readiness to lead. Students at Illinois College engage in a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week living and learning environment in which academic, residential, recreational and spiritual activities flow together in a seamless experience.
Gifts to build and renovate facilities have helped Illinois College keep pace with the changing needs of students and faculty. From Beecher Hall, the oldest collegiate building in the State of Illinois, to the state-of-the-art Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center, Illinois College buildings owe their origin or their improvement to the generosity of donors. Several recent capital projects have been recently completed, making possible dramatic improvements to existing facilities that are especially important to a residential campus community. The addition of Abraham Lincoln Residence Hall, new outdoor sports facilities and new landscaping most immediately catch the eye of campus visitors and create an aesthetically pleasing environment.

Renewing the Historic Upper Quadrangle

The Renovation of Whipple and Crampton Halls
Illinois College continues to invigorate its campus by renovating Crampton and Whipple Halls for 21st century uses. Whipple Hall, constructed in 1882, began its life as the second home of the Whipple Academy of Illinois College while Crampton Hall was the oldest student residence hall in continuous use in the State of Illinois from 1873 to 2006. For many generations of Illinois College students, including William Jennings Bryan, the Whipple Academy and Crampton Hall played formative roles in their education.

By renewing its Historic Upper Quadrangle, Illinois College will preserve the charm and beauty of the hilltop campus even as it ensures that the renovated spaces are environmentally friendly, accessible, climate controlled and visually appealing. The updated buildings will feature the new Al Habtoor Leadership Center, the Lincoln Archives, high tech classrooms and spaces flexible enough to host public events such as keynote speakers, concerts and receptions.
Naming Opportunities for Renewing the Historic Upper Quadrangle
   Historic Upper Quadrangle :: $2,000,000
   Al Habtoor Leadership Center :: $570,000
   Whipple Hall Historic Schoolhouse Entrance and Foyer :: $500,000
   Artifact Collection (Lincoln Memorabilia) :: $325,000
   Classrooms (one named, three available at $300,000 each) :: $1,200,000
   Whipple Hall Reception (First Floor) :: $250,000
   Crampton Hall Vice President for Business Affairs Suite :: $150,000
   Whipple Hall Reception (Second Floor) :: $125,000
   Crampton Hall Gallery (Second Floor) :: $100,000
   Crampton Hall Reception (Third Floor) :: $100,000
   Whipple Hall Gallery (Student Showcase) :: $100,000
   Whipple Hall American Disabilities Act Accessibility :: $50,000
   Seminar/Conference Rooms (three at $25,000 each) :: $75,000
   Geothermal Addition :: $35,000
   Conference Rooms – Small (one named, two available at $10,000 each) :: $30,000
   Offices (eight at $25,000 each) :: $200,000
   Offices (19 at $10,000 each) :: $190,000
   Break Rooms (two at $5,000 each) :: $10,000 
Note: Italicized naming opportunities have been generously funded by donors.

Campus Beautification and Landscaping

Few places in central Illinois offer greater beauty than the Illinois College campus. Tall trees, grassy open areas, and beautiful shrubs and flowers surround buildings old and new. Most of all, the College offers a campus environment and an experience our students and alumni find deeply meaningful. It is a place of tradition, honor, prestige and grace.

Living and studying on the Illinois College campus, students are surrounded by a blend of almost two centuries worth of architecture, clusters of trees and wide-open spaces. Buildings from the 1800s live alongside buildings from the early 21st century. Many campus landmarks have stories behind them – true tales that have become a rich part of the Illinois College campus tradition.

Each year, Illinois College ambitiously plants new trees and shrubbery throughout its historic campus. The College simply asks its alumni, parents and friends to consider special gifts to honor family members, friends, classmates, colleagues at work and/or simply someone you care about. All gifts, regardless the amount, designated to “IC Campus Beautification” will be used to purchase trees and enhance garden areas throughout campus. Gifts of $500 or more will have dedication plaques placed by the trees of those you honor.
Please click here for a list of gift opportunities that may help you celebrate a special occasion such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday or holiday, or remember a loved one with an enduring tribute gift.

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