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Renovated CWC gives prospective students a warm welcome

By Luanne Williams

Although it won’t be formally dedicated until next spring, the Crowder Welcome Center inside the Dickson-Palmer Building is hopping. The 29,748-square-foot facility, originally dedicated in 1977 in honor of the late Clyde C. Dickson Sr. and the late Fannie Drye Palmer, has been completely transformed, with even the color of the brick being changed from beige to red, thanks in part to contributions from alumnus and trustee Bill Crowder.

As the name suggests, the center’s primary purpose is to welcome potential Bulldog families to campus. It’s the first stop for high school students coming for a campus visit. After parking in their designated guest space next to the W.T. Harris Dining Hall, families entering from Wilson Street find themselves in Fulton Huntley Commons, which stretches through the heart of the building and includes seating next to the fireplace area adjacent to Starbucks.

Admissions staff and student workers greet newcomers at the center’s large information desk and direct them into the lobby of the Frank Davis Admissions Suite, the southwest corner of the building, which includes offices, visit rooms, a sample residence-hall room and a small auditorium.

As part of their campus tours, future Bulldogs can get a peek at an ongoing college class, thanks to the demonstration classroom just off Huntley Commons and across the corridor from the Cindy Jordan Campus Store, formerly known as Wingate Outfitters. This glass-walled space is a fully scheduled classroom designed so that visitors can see classes in action and get a glimpse of the student/professor engagement that takes place across campus.

Although incoming students are the focus of the Welcome Center, it also serves current students, who come to the Dickson-Palmer Building to pick up all their Wingate merchandise or to visit the Office of Academic & Career Advising or the Student Veterans Organization. 

A large suite across the corridor from these offices is reserved specifically for registered student organizations. This multi-use space has relaxed seating, work tables and lockers for organizations to store their gear. The space is available for club leaders to recruit and train members and host office hours and meetings. 

The building also houses the offices of Marketing & Events and Business Intelligence, which are tucked in the northeast corner.

For more information on the Crowder Welcome Center and the people who made it possible, click here.

Oct. 25, 2021