Be part of WSU history, contribute to RSC renovation and expansion


Rhatigan and students
Courtesy photo
This was the photo used on the cover of the program for the Rhatigan Student Center dedication ceremony on Nov. 3, 1997. Pictured second from the left is James Rhatigan, then WSU senior vice president. The WSU Foundation is committed to raising 10 percent of the estimated $33 million cost of the current renovation and expansion of the RSC.

The Rhatigan Student Center has served as the heart — and living room — of Wichita State University for more than 50 years. Last spring, members of the Wichita State Student Government Association voted to approve the renovation and expansion of the student center by increasing student fees by $6 per credit hour, which will guarantee a 20-year bond. The project is called the Rhatigan Renewal.

Read future Horizon issues for updates on the Rhatigan Renewal and its supporters.

In an effort to decrease the term of the estimated $33 million debt incurred by students, the WSU Foundation has committed to raise at least 10 percent of the cost in private funds.

Appropriately, the first gift was made by the building’s namesake and leader of this unique fundraising effort, Jim Rhatigan, WSU Foundation consultant and former WSU dean of students, and his wife, Beverly.

By contributing to the Rhatigan Renewal, donors can be a part of campus history. 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 will be welcome as the project gets underway.

 To learn how you can lessen the financial burden on our students and give the campus’ living room a facelift, contact Rhatigan at (316) 978-3846 or

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Wichita State University Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.