Community donors make center a reality
UW-Stevens Point Welcome Center to open in mid-December
For the City Times
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will soon open a central visitor location for prospective students and families at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Reserve Street in Stevens Point.
The center will house members of the admissions and recruitment team as well as a reception area, meeting rooms, and interactive experiences, as a starting point for all campus visitors with an emphasis on potential Pointers.
The new center was made possible with a leading gift from Delta Dental of Wisconsin, 20 donors, and the UWSP Foundation.
Admissions staff will move in and begin welcoming visitors in mid-December.
“We have a long-standing, rich history with the university, and we both call Stevens Point our home,” said Doug Ballweg, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Wisconsin. “UW-Stevens Point plays a significant role locally within the business community helping train and prepare our current and future workforce. We see this as an investment in our future as well as for our community.”
“This will be transformational for our campus,” said Chancellor Bernie Patterson. “The building’s extensive renovations, completed with the assistance of interior design students, offer a warm and inviting place for prospective students and their families to meet with our admissions team and a launching point for campus tours. The Welcome Center will also make us more competitive as we seek to continue the positive enrollment trend we began this past year.”
Enrollment for first-year students at UW-Stevens Point grew by 25 percent this fall, the largest increase within the UW System. The admissions and recruitment team attributed the success to taking a more personal and data-driven approach when reaching out to prospective students.
“Campus visits are a crucial component of the college search process,” said Marc Young, director of Admissions and Recruitment, “so the new center will create a great first impression of Pointer culture.
“We are thankful for the visionary leadership and support of the UWSP Foundation. Our team could not be more excited about a new Welcome Center in the heart of campus that brings an exciting new visit experience to prospective students and families.”