The Rhatigan Renewal
Pardon our dust
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Essential to campus life, the 50-year-old Rhatigan Student Center — or RSC — is the heart of Wichita State University. In 2011, a $33 million renovation was announced. The project will be funded largely by an increase of $6 per semester (per student) in student fees, because the state of Kansas does not allow grants for expanding or renovating student unions.
With your help, we can ease the burden on our students.
Rhatigan Renewal brochure
The renovation and expansion of the RSC provides some exciting naming opportunities to honor people who have made a commitment to the university. Gifts of any size are welcome. You may donate online today via our secure site.
To learn how you can lessen the financial burden on our students and give the campus’ living room a facelift, contact:
WSU Foundation consultant
Private donations are the only other source of money that can be spent on the RSC renovation. Your donation can help reduce the number of years students will pay the higher fees. The center's namesake, Jim Rhatigan, WSU Foundation consultant and former dean of students, and the WSU Foundation set a goal to raise 10 percent of the project cost. Dr. Rhatigan and his wife, Beverly, have already made the lead gift toward this goal.
There's a benefit to you, too. Gifts to the Rhatigan Renewal are eligible to receive a tax credit of 50 percent through the Higher Education Deferred Maintenance Tax Credit Program. Find out how you can earn this credit.
News about the Rhatigan Renewal
Rhatigan Renewal: one-year progress report
Nearly one year after ground was broken to begin the renovation and expansion of the Rhatigan Student Center, the project is mostly on schedule, with completion still scheduled for August 2014.This month, workers are putting the finishing touches on the north half of the building.
Rhatigan Renewal project attracts ongoing support
Bill and Dorothy Cohen's support includes recent $90,000 gift to the Rhatigan Student Center Renewal. Neither Bill Cohen nor his wife, Dorothy, attended Wichita State, so unlike some alumni they don’t have fond memories of “grabbing and gabbing” — getting a quick lunch and catching up with friends — at the Rhatigan Student Center. But that doesn’t mean they don’t understand the importance of the building to Wichita State. When the current renovation and expansion project is completed in 2014, the Rhatigan Student Center will be the largest building on campus, save for Koch Arena.
View the slideshow from the Rhatigan Renewal Groundbreaking.
See also: Media coverage from KAKE-TV 10 and KWCH-TV 12
Beverly and Jim Rhatigan lead by example
It isn’t a surprise that Beverly and Jim Rhatigan are the first to make a financial commitment to the project through the WSU Foundation’s fundraising efforts. “I asked Jim to lead the WSU Foundation’s campaign to raise 10 percent of the estimated $33 million,” said Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation, “and he willingly said yes. He told me, ‘If I’m going to raise money, Bev and I need to make the initial gift.’"
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