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Major summer projects planned to enhance Illinois College campus


Illinois College is investing over $3.3 million in campus projects this summer to better support student success and the diverse needs of its growing student body.

This year’s list of upgrades reflects the College’s vision to inspire achievement and empower students to make a difference in the world. Several improvements will contribute to the academic success of students. These projects, designed to prepare graduates to compete in a 21st-century world, include multiple equipment and facility updates for various academic departments. Plans to revamp the classrooms located in IC’s iconic Sturtevant Hall and to renovate the house that was gifted to IC in 2017 by Dr. and Mrs. “Chet” Bone, transforming it into a new center for global studies, are also underway. 

Several additional summer projects will support IC’s commitment to the overall health and wellness of students. These upgrades will serve both student-athletes and the overall IC community, including a new fitness center and weight room for use by all students, new field turf for Green Athletic Field at England Stadium, a new floor in Sherman Gymnasium and several additional improvements to the Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center.

A major portion of the funding for these projects comes from generous donor gifts to the College. According to President Barbara A. Farley, the number of summer projects underway is about three times the number of major projects typically completed during this time. She said the work is expected to have a significant impact on students. 

“From our athletic fields to our classrooms, these projects will benefit each and every student at Illinois College. These exciting investments in student success illustrate that our entire community is fully committed to inspiring achievement and providing the best resources for our students to achieve their dreams.”
President Barbara A. Farley

Removal of the outdated Memorial Gymnasium is also scheduled to begin June 1 and will be completed by August 15. The gym’s current location at the corner of Mound and Lincoln Avenues will become a green space that can be enjoyed for recreation by students and campus visitors. 

Additional information about specific improvements to the Illinois College campus will be provided throughout the summer. For more information, contact Illinois College at 217.245.3467.

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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