April 27, 2010
WVU Parkersburg to develop outdoor student plaza featuring clock tower and memory garden.CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg plans to develop an outdoor student plaza featuring a clock tower and memory garden in a project being made possible by West Virginia State Senator J. Frank Deem.
Senator Deem secured $30,000 from the Governor's Community Participation Grant program to contribute to the development of the student plaza on the college's front campus area.
The plaza will be located on the college's front campus area and feature a 16-foot clock tower.
"We appreciate Senator Deem's efforts in making this plaza possible," WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage said.
"The plaza will be a lasting campus legacy," she added. "Students and campus visitors will enjoy this outdoor space for years to come and the clock tower will be its signature landmark."An informal, outdoor gathering space, the plaza will be located on the front lawn of the college’s main building.
In addition, WVU Parkersburg plans to add walkways originating in the plaza area to connect the main campus building with the college’s Workforce and Community Education complex.
Community Participation Grant funds will be used to purchase and install the clock tower and cover part of the electrical wiring. The college is assuming the remaining costs, including additional electrical wiring, sidewalk installation and construction of a memory garden.
Members of the college’s Student Government Association are coordinating a project to create the memory garden which will be adjacent to the student plaza and featureinscribed bricks. SGA members are selling the bricks to link the college's past to the future, President Gnage noted.