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BUCKHANNON -

Students and their families visiting West Virginia Wesleyan College will have a new facility available on campus. 

The Nordstrom Welcome Center will house admission and financial aid offices.

Campus visitation remains the number one indicator of college choice for prospective students. When the facility opens, it will provide assistance in one location.

"Our visitor numbers have increased, our enrollments have increased so it's designed to welcome families to the campus and provide them a unique experience," said Bernie Valento, Vice President for Enrollment Management.

The building will house admissions and financial aid, two offices that work closely to recruit and enroll students at Wesleyan. The addition of the new $1 million facility will allow the college to use the space in Middletown Hall for its expanding school of health science.

These changes, based on recommendations by a campus master plan study, will create a proper front door to showcase the college and Buckhannon.

"It will be a building with a front porch and rocking chairs. I think it will allow our visitors to get a true feeling about Wesleyan the moment they step on campus," Valento said.

Valento said having a first-class facility makes a statement and shows it's not forgetting about making improvements to other buildings on campus.

"In fact we're expecting significant renovations and enhancements while we don't have all the details, we're expecting enhancements to the campus this upcoming summer," Valento said.

College officials want the new welcome center to create a warm, inviting, and proper first impression as new prospective students visit West Virginia Wesleyan's campus. The welcome center is expected to be completed by this summer.

A generosity gift from Bruce and Jeannie O'Roark Nordstrom and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation of Princeton, NJ was made possible in helping build this facility.