University opens Welcome Center

October 20 2006

Prospective students, parents, alumni and others have a new place to start their visits to the Indiana State University campus.

A Welcome Center is now housed in the first floor of Erickson Hall, 218 N. Sixth Street. The center houses the university's Office of Admissions, which has relocated from Tirey Hall, but is designed to serve a variety of visitors.

The newly renovated facility will "provide an attractive and comfortable location for meetings with prospective students as they explore attending Indiana State University," President Lloyd W. Benjamin III said. "However, we hope the usage of this new center will extend to other vital areas in enrollment management, such as financial aid, the registrar's office and off-campus programs, as well as other groups from across campus, including alumni who are returning to visit."

The Welcome Center features a reception area, conference rooms, and private rooms for study groups. It also showcases Indiana State's commitment to technology via several closed-circuit television monitors and an internet cafe.

Benjamin praised the efforts of the university's enrollment services and facilities management teams for completing the renovation in just three months, in time for a grand opening during Homecoming week.

Located next door to newly renovated Burford Hall, considered a showcase of modern university residence halls, and a short walk from the landmark Dede Plaza Fountain, the new Welcome Center allows tours to start near the heart of the ISU campus, noted Richard Toomey, director of admissions.

"It's going to help showcase Indiana State as a residential university of choice in a very competitive marketplace. Students are going to get a glimpse of the inside of campus life," Toomey said.

President Benjamin used the Welcome Center grand opening to announce a new partnership between Indiana State and the Greater Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce in which "UniverCity" cards are distributed to prospective students and their families. The cards provide discounts at local restaurants and other businesses.

"We hope these efforts will help distinguish Indiana State and Terre Haute as the most friendly, caring place to attend college," Benjamin said.

The new ISU Welcome Center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on most Saturdays. Parking for the center is available along Condit Drive, just north of the Technology Building at Sixth and Cherry streets.


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ISU Welcome Center

Contact: Richard Toomey, director of admissions, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2510 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or

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A new Welcome Center in Erickson Hall provides prospective students, parents, alumni and others a place to start their visits to the ISU campus. While primarily housing the office of admissions, the center is intended to serve a variety of uses.

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