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Alumni association launches Welcome Wall at WVU Tech

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- The Tech Golden Bear Alumni Association has begun fundraising efforts for a new Welcome Wall at the campus entrance of West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

"We have taken on this project because we see this as a way to create a legacy for all of us that love Tech," Steve Claywell, president of the alumni association, said in a news release. "With this project, our names will forever be linked with Tech through a one-time donation to the school that taught us so much."

The Welcome Wall will be placed on the former site of the co-ed residence hall greeting visitors as they cross the bridge into Montgomery, W.Va. Four-by-eight-inch pavers, which will be used in the construction of the welcome wall, are being sold for $100. Pavers can be engraved with a message.

WVU Tech alumni John Jarrett, of Jarrett Construction, and Ed Robinson, of E.L. Robinson Engineering, have partnered with the alumni association to create conceptual renderings of the wall. Jarrett has also volunteered to oversee construction of the project.

"CoEd gave us memories that are still with us today," Claywell said of the former residence hall. "It was the place where we made lifelong friends, fell in love (maybe even fell out of love), pulled all-nighters and relaxed after long classes and activities.

What better way to honor those memories than through this project?"

For more information on the project, or to purchase a brick paver, visit http://alumni.wvutech.edu/welcome-wall or call 304-442-3131.