After waiting decades to have a campus home for graduates, the University opened an Alumni Center in the summer of 2008. Now nearly six years since the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the building that welcomes visitors as well as alumni is still appreciated.

Located on North Main Street and situated just off of the local interstate interchanges, the Alumni Center is within a mile of the Quad. It creates a campus gateway, increases visibility of the Alumni Association, and provides a home for alumni as one means of strengthening their connection to campus.

The Illinois State University Foundation made the building possible, forming a real estate entity to purchase what had been vacated property and creating a leasing agreement with the University. Today there are offices for nearly 100 staff members in Alumni Relations, the Foundation, Development, University Marketing and Communications, and Conference Services.

There are also myriad visitors throughout the year, as the center is a popular place for individuals to schedule personal and professional events. The building was specifically designed to offer options not available at other campus sites, with three conference rooms of varying size available. Each has sophisticated data and presentation wiring, with wireless Internet connection also available in the center.

All of the open spaces are flexible, allowing for functional meetings or sophisticated meals. There are 200 parking spaces adjacent, and an ambiance that is relaxing. A fireplace made of natural sandstone and soft seating throughout the great hall and entrance make the center inviting.

Opportunities still exist to bring your group to the Alumni Center this year. For more information about rental prices and availability, call (309) 438-2403 or email jtvanhe@Illinois And the next time you visit campus, take time to tour the Alumni Center. It remains a place for all Redbirds to call home.