21st Century Classrooms
West Virginia Wesleyan College has a rich history of grooming young men and women for productive careers, life-long learning, and service to their communities. Steeped in tradition for nearly 125 years, Wesleyan challenges its students to:
Since its founding in 1890, Wesleyan’s strong liberal arts core has been complemented by professional and pre-professional studies that meet the practical needs of the state, region, and nation. Today, Wesleyan has nearly 1,500 students and offers 44 majors and 34 minors along with graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, education, English creative writing, and nursing.
Changing Classrooms— Changing Expectations
Wesleyan’s classrooms, like those at colleges and universities across the country, were designed to focus on the lecturer. Students entered the classroom and often sat in desks with a small top providing enough space for a pencil and a notebook. They were expected to read their textbook prior to the class lecture so they were prepared to vigorously take notes and ask questions related to the topic prepared by the faculty member for that day.
Today, classrooms are designed to focus on the student. Students are seated at tables and chairs which can be easily reconfigured to encourage student-led discussion and small group project work and wide enough to support a laptop and tablet computers. The instructor uses state-of-the-art technology utilizing resources from around the world.
The renovation of classrooms will help Wesleyan attract the next generation of outstanding faculty and students.
Wesleyan’s Classrooms for the Future
Wesleyan has identified 39 classrooms to be upgraded into flexible, technology-rich learning venues. Upgrading our interactive learning environment is a key component of the campus facility master plan. Once completed, a newly-renovated classroom will feature:
A standard current classroom at WVWC.
Wesleyan Classroom Naming Opportunities
Naming opportunities for a Classroom of the Future can be made in installments over a five-year period. Gifts may also be made in honor or memory of family members or a favorite faculty or staff member. Renovations will not begin until 80 percent of the pledge is met.
Listed below are the current available naming opportunities.
Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library|
Martin Religious Center
Rockefeller Physical Education Center
Enhancing Our Tradition, Embracing Our Future
We invite you to participate in converting traditional classrooms into 21st century instructional spaces. Contributions of any size will make a difference and help Wesleyan re-invigorate its 50-plus-year-old facilities. Now is the time to develop the College’s 21st century “Learning Village” that will provide innovative learning tools and relevant academic facilities.
Office of Advancement
West Virginia Wesleyan College
59 College Avenue
Buckhannon, WV 26201
(800) 768-8264 or (304) 473-8600