Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility
Agriculture and Sciences Building
Alumni Banquet Facility
Bain Athletic Center
Bivins Nursing Learning Center
Buffalo Courts Alumni Center
Buffalo Sports Park
Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan Pedestrian Mall
Cornette Library and Hastings Electronic Learning Center Hastings Electronic Learning Center (HELC)
East Dining Hall "The Caf"
Engineering and Computer Sciences Building
Fieldhouse "The Box"
First United Bank Center
Health Partners Clinic
Jack B. Kelley Student Center
Joseph A. Hill Memorial Chapel
Killgore Research Center
Kimbrough Memorial Stadium
Mary Moody Northen Hall
Old Student Union Building "Old SUB"
Palo Duro Research Facility
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Physical Plant Complex
Print Shop, Central Supply and Purchasing
Small Business Development Center
Stanley Schaeffer Agriculture Education Learning Lab
Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex
Virgil Henson Activities Center
WT Enterprise Center
Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility is a unique collaboration between WTAMU and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) in association with The DEWI Group, a UL company. It is one of the largest testing facilities in the world and provides services for both large wind and small and micro wind manufacturers as well research and design testing capabilities. Wind turbine manufacturers are able to erect turbines for extended periods of time, and the facility provides new testing capacity for turbine manufacturers seeking certification to international standards, helping reduce time-to-market and lower costs, as downtime can essentially be eliminated.
The test facility is located at WTAMU's Nance Ranch, seven miles east of Canyon.
The Agriculture and Sciences Building was completely renovated in 2007, with the inclusion of smart classrooms and updated laboratories. Home to the Department of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Life Earth and Environmental Sciences, the three-story building is situated on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 26th Street. The building’s most attractive interior feature is the center atrium lobby, a favorite between-classes stop. The atrium is surrounded by 13 classrooms, 41 labs and 47 faculty offices.
The Alumni Banquet Facility, formerly the South Dining Hall, was expanded and renovated by the Alumni Association to gain a more permanent presence on campus. The facility houses the Dr. Hazel Kelley Wilson Banquet Hall, the Buffalo Room and Isley Terrace for dinners, dances and formal occasions.
WTAMU offers select upper-level and graduate classes in downtown Amarillo at the WTAMU Amarillo Center. Those who enjoy the face-to-face classroom experience will find the WTAMU Amarillo Center to be the perfect option for building a résumé or completing a degree with less drive time. View our Amarillo Center course offerings.
Classrooms are located on 10th and 11th floors.
The newly completed football locker room is the first step in the completion of WTAMU’s Bain Athletic Center, located on the west side of the Buffalo Sports Complex. The 6,700 square foot locker room provides 135 lockers, along with showers, laundry facilities, equipment storage space and a video screen for the team to utilize when studying game-film review. The next stage of the project is the completion of the athletic training and strength/condition areas of the nearly 24,000 square foot space. The training areas will be fully equipped with a hydrotherapy facility, taping tables, ice baths and much more. The state-of-the-art, 7,000-square foot weight room will serve 500 student-athletes at WTAMU. Future stages include the addition of a Championship Atrium to showcase the tradition and success of WT athletics, along with an Academic Success Center for the University’s student-athletes. The study hall and meeting rooms will be equipped with the latest in multimedia equipment and wireless access, and the Championship Atrium will feature trophy displays and memorabilia in a comfortable reception/seating area.
The Bivins Nursing Learning Center is a nursing lab where students in the Department of Nursing utilize advanced, high-tech equipment in a hospital-like setting.
The 9,000-square-foot Bivins Nursing Learning Center is located in the central portion of the building and features an acute care simulation lab, a primary care lab, an audio visual lab and a testing lab.
The Boiler Plant north of Cornette Library keeps University buildings comfortably warm no matter what the weather is like outside. Five boilers generate steam that runs through tunnels to most campus buildings. The Power Plant is manned around the clock.
Buff Hall, built in 2008, features “super suites” for 176 upperclassmen. Each suite has a common living area, a mini-kitchen equipped with a full-size refrigerator, and four private bedrooms and two baths. Each bedroom offers wireless internet and cable-TV access. The hall also has laundry facilities, group study room, multimedia room, and a full community kitchen. Residents have all the advantages that on-campus housing offers as well as all the freedom and privacy that upperclassmen desire. Buff Hall is the only residence hall that features year-round housing.Campus Map
Buffalo Courts has been home to the WTAMU Alumni Association and Campus Tours for several years, but the rock and limestone structure first served as a dormitory for WT athletes.
In the early 1930's, WT Coach Al Baggett and Canyon Mayor C.H. Jarrett, pharmacist and president of the Canyon Athletics Clubs, came up with the idea for an athletic dormitory. Funds were raised and student athletes were hired to help build the facility. Construction began in 1934 and Buffalo Courts opened in 1935 as the state's first dormitory for athletes.
The 2-story recreational hall is the only part of the original structure still standing. A major renovation in the 1980s made it a beautiful, historic home for the Alumni Association. The Randall County Historical Commission dedicated an official state historical marker at the facility in October 2007.
Buffalo Sports Park is the home to a variety of West Texas A&M University programs. The $21.8 million student funded-project not only provides valuable new space for WT but also for the entire community. In addition to being the location of WT’s brand new Division II intercollegiate complex for competition in baseball, softball, soccer and track and field, Buffalo Sports Park also will be the site for University intramural activities as well as community events and area high school sports.
The project involved a complete renovation of campus from east of Jarrett Hall and north to the former site of the University’s Wind Test Center. The sprawling complex includes:
Centennial Hall opened its doors to 340 students in 2011. This four-story residence hall features double rooms with individual sinks. This co-ed facility is designed to provide residents with the privacy they desire, as well as a strong community environment. Residents enjoy a formal lobby, multiple study lounges, three gaming lounges, a full community kitchen, and wireless internet. Additionally, the Office of Residential Living is housed in the facility and is the starting place for daily Residence Hall tours.
The Office of Residential Living maintains the University?s eleven residence halls which house approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each hall has its own unique appeal for a "home away from home" to meet each student's personality, living style and location preference. The Office of Residential Living strives to create an atmosphere that promotes academic success, personal growth and social awareness for each of its hall residents.
Completed and dedicated at Homecoming 2007, the pedestrian mall is located directly north of Old Main where Wisdom Road and University Drive would intersect. These cross streets between Old Main, Killgore Research Center and the Jack B. Kelly Student Center are gone. In its place is a newly landscaped green space with the new Hayward Spirit Tower and the magnificent marble statue “The Original Texans."
Jack and Helen Hayward graciously donated the funds for the spirit tower, which is currently the tallest building on campus. Every day when the tower’s clock strikes noon, the WT fight song echoes forth in a powerful display of school spirit.
The mall features copious landscaping and a marble sculpture of a buffalo and calf by artist Doug Scott of New Mexico. The “Original Texans” sculpture sits prominently along Buffalo Walk north of Old Main and is encased in a cascading water feature.
The beautiful pedestrian mall is a great place for student gatherings, outdoor functions and activities. It also features wireless Internet access.
The Classroom Center has undergone a complete transformation, giving WTAMU students access to the most up-to-date educational possibilities. Each of the more than 40 classrooms is equipped with smart-classroom technology.
On the first floor of the Classroom Center is the core of student support, the Student Success Center (SSC). As a central "hub" of services, the SSC makes it easy for students to access many services in one convenient location. Offices located in the SSC include Advising Services, Student Employment Services, Career Services, Counseling Services, Educational Services, First-Year Experience, Nationally Competitive Scholarships, Student Disability Services, Study Abroad, Transfer Services, Veterans Services and the Writing Center.
The remaining three stories of the CC house numerous classrooms and labs as well as the Departments of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Computer Information and Decision Management and Management, Marketing and General Business.
The computer center is the central hub for information technology staff, their offices and daily operations. The computer center does not facilitate computers for the use of students. Students can find open access computer use in the Hastings Electronic Learning Center in the basement of the Cornette Library.
Conner Hall is home to University honors students. It is a co-ed hall and offers 47 private rooms available only to students participating in the Attebury Honors Program. Each private room offers cable and ethernet connections, carpeting, built-in furniture, and a game room. Being a smaller residence hall contributes to Conner's feeling of community. Students congregate in the air-conditioned lobby to visit or watch the big screen television. Laundry facilities are also available.
Spacious 88,900-square-foot Cornette Library is located in the center of campus and serves as cultural and intellectual resource for both the University community and surrounding region. The Hastings Electronic Learning Center (HELC) is in the library’s basement and contains more than 375 computers loaded with the latest software.
The library proper has 314,759 books, 1,911 periodicals, 7,564 e-journals, 166,638 e-books and 4,505 audio/visual titles. It is a depository for both the U.S. and Texas documents. A well-stocked coffee shop was installed on the library’s first floor in 2007.
The HELC is open 24 hours a day and contains an open-access computer lab, five computer classrooms, two compressed video classrooms, a compressed video conference room, instructional support areas, offices and lounges. Several courses are taught in the HELC like CIS, art, music, science and physics. It also hosts media services and training opportunities.
Cousins Hall, named after the University’s first president, is considered the most historical residence hall at West Texas A&M University. It is the first dormitory built by the state of Texas on the campus of a teacher’s college. It retains its early charm as the only hall with its own ballroom. It also features a grand piano, private wings, ping pong and pool tables, big screen television, carpeted rooms and laundry facilities. It is a card-access hall and offers cable and internet access for its female residents.
Cross Hall is an air-conditioned, high-rise residence hall that is home to 190 female students. The card-access hall offers residents the convenience of elevators, carpeted rooms and cable and ethernet connections. The hall features individual floor lobbies, floor balconies, and a main lobby with ping pong and pool tables. Laundry facilities and a community kitchen also are available.
The East Dining Hall, more commonly known as The Caf, might possibly be the most popular building on campus. The 700-seat circular facility is the place for everything from pancakes and cultural favorites to fat-free, sodium-free entres and hamburgers. Plus, there's a dessert station for those with a sweet tooth. Meals are prepared and served by Dining Services by ARAMARK. The Dining Hall also houses smaller, more intimate rooms for meetings and banquets.
The Engineering and Computer Sciences Building was abated and renovated in 2011. It is home to Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering. State-of-the-art laboratories and smart classrooms allow for the optimum learning experience for WT students.
Affectionately known as “The Box,” the WTAMU Fieldhouse is home to the Lady Buffs volleyball program, and three Division II national championship banners attest that it has been a very good home, indeed. The Fieldhouse is renowned for the close proximity of the fans to both the playing surface and the player benches.
Over the years (prior to construction of the First United Bank Center) the box was a venue for numerous performances by entertainers with household names—Steve Martin, John Denver, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Crystal Gale and Tina Turner, just to name a few.
President Bill Clinton, Karl Rove, Maya Angelou, Blake McKowski, Big & Rich, Elie Wiesel, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Pat Green, Cross Canadian Ragweed and superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment are just some of the headliners who have performed at the First United Bank Center.
Home to Buff and Lady Buff basketball, the facility has seating for 5,000 and a scoreboard with a large video screen.
Used for WTAMU commencement exercises and a host of other public events—high school playoff games, conventions, freshmen convocation. The FUBC parking lot is the primary place to park and ride on the Shuttle Bus to the WTAMU campus.
Founders Hall opened its doors to 400 new residents in the Fall of 2013. It is now WTAMU's largest and most state-of-the-art residence hall to-date. A place to grow, learn, and make friends. Home away from home. A community designed to enhance your campus living experience! Founders Hall is also home to students in the Living-Learning Community programs here at WTAMU.
The WTAMU greenhouse complex, located on the north side of campus, provides research opportunities and hands-on experience for students of plant science.
Guenther Hall is an air-conditioned, 12-unit residence hall for WTAMU’s male students. The hall, built around a shady courtyard, offers its residents extra-long twin mattresses, built-in furniture, and carpeted floors. Cable and ethernet connections are available along with laundry facilities, foosball, a dart board, a pool table, and a big screen television. The close proximity of this hall to the classroom center and the JBK Student Center allows for a quick walk to class.
The University’s Health Partner’s Clinic opened in 2003 as part of a federal initiative known as “Healthy Neighborhoods” to meet the primary care needs of the medically underserved in southeast Amarillo. Today the nurse practitioners operated clinic serves children and adults from across the city of Amarillo with services ranging from health assessments and physicals to preventative care and immunizations.
Students can stable their horses at the WTAMU Horse Center, home to the highly competitive women’s equestrian team. The Horse Center is situated on an 80-acre spread just north of campus and features a 200’ x 105’ indoor arena, two lighted outdoor arenas, a round pen and a Hitchcock pen. Horses graze in adjacent pastures laced with shade trees and the historic Tierra Blanca Creek.
Location provides easy access to I-27, and parking is plentiful.
Those without their own horses have access to the West Texas A&M University herd featuring about 50 horses stabled at the Horse Center.
The newly renovated Jack B. Kelley Student Center is the center of campus activity at West Texas A&M University. The JBK plays home to Legacy Hall, a brand new campus venue for programs and activities. Legacy Hall can seat 750 people theater style, has its own stage, built-in sound system, programmable lighting and projectors with two 21-foot screens. The expansion also features several smaller meeting rooms to accommodate student groups and a student gathering space that features "collaborative" furniture on wheels with electrical charging stations.
The JBK is also home to The Legends Club, Starbucks Coffee, a convenience store, Sushic Sushi, Chick-Fil-A, Home Zone Homecooking, Grillworks Grill and Quizno's Sandwich shop.
The JBK Student Center offers many different options for hosting events on campus. Whether it's a small meeting for your organization or a large-scale event in Legacy Hall, we are here to help. We are ready to help you plan every detail of your event. For information on services and prices visit www.wtamu.edu/JBK. We look forward to working with you on your next event.
Use of the JBK is free to registered student organizations and departments. A small group rate will be applied to individual students, faculty, and staff wanting to reserve space. The JBK is also available to community members and outside entities that are looking to host an event.
Jarrett Hall is one of the largest residence halls on campus. It is comprised of 24 units built around a divided courtyard. The rooms offer carpeting and cable and ethernet connections. The air-conditioned lobby features a big screen television and foosball, ping pong and pool tables. Laundry facilities are available. The hall also provides accommodations for students with disabilities. Jarrett Hall is also close in proximity to the Dining Hall and the Virgil Henson Activities Center.
Jones Hall is the high-rise, air-conditioned residence hall for male students. The hall offers its residents easy access to the Virgil Henson Activities Center. The card-access hall features elevators, a television room, individual floor lobbies, floor balconies, and accommodations for students with disabilities. Rooms are carpeted and cable and ethernet connections are provided.
The Joseph A. Hill Memorial Chapel is named after the University's second president and stands as a testament to Dr. Hill's determination to provide a place for student mediation and reflection. "Its very presence on the campus would be a message of faith in Deity, and would suggest comradeship between education and spiritual values," he said.
The chapel's first cornerstone was laid June 9, 1950, and dedicated in a special ceremony on Oct. 21, 1950. The red sandstone building with stained glass windows and country steeple changed the landscape of the campus and provided a place for student prayer, Bible studies, meetings and inductions, memorials, worship services and weddings. Carillon bells ring daily from the refurbished building. It remains Texas' only privately funded chapel located on state university property.
For reservation information call 806-651-2394 or checkout the Room Reservation Information.
The site for the WTAMU Graduate School, Killgore Research Center is the focal point for ever-expanding student and faculty research at West Texas A&M University. Right in the center of campus, Kilgore is where you can find the Attebury Honors and McNair Scholars Programs along with Sponsored Research Services. It is also home to essential offices such as the WTAMU Academic and Research Environmental Health and Safety offices and the Title IX office.
The second-largest stadium in NCAA Division II, Kimbrough Memorial Stadium has a seating capacity of 20,000, which isn’t always enough. A Lone Star Conference record 23,276 fans packed the stadium for the homecoming game Oct. 13, 2007, a victory that helped propel the Buffs football team to a perfect 11-0 regular-season record.
The University’s live buffalo mascot, escorted by the Herdsmen, leads the Buffs out onto the field before each game.
The stadium features a synthetic, all-weather playing surface, Happy State Bank Field, and the scoreboard is equipped with a Daktronics ProStar high-definition large video screen, an updated version of the Sony JumboTron.
Besides WTAMU football, the stadium is used for high school football and soccer games and band competitions.
McCaslin Hall was built in 1946 and became the privatized McCaslin Hall Apartments in 1997. Residents of the apartment complex are primarily WTAMU graduate students, married students and students with more than 60 credit hours along with WT professors and staff members. Call 806-651-5800 for more information.
Mary Moody Northen Hall was built in the 1970s to accommodate the University's increasing number of fine arts students, and today the facility boasts even more space with its Northen Hall Addition.
The new addition for the School of Music, completed in 2006, offers fine arts students a new band/orchestra rehearsal hall, percussion studio, music studios, practice rooms, offices and easy access ramps to the Northen Recital Hall stage.
The original building houses music studios, two dance studios, a public art gallery, the 572-seat Northen Recital Hall and more than 50 art and art-related studios, computer labs, classrooms, offices along with an atrium for receptions and special events.
Students of agriculture use the Meat Lab to study and produce fine cuts of meat produced at the University’s Nance Ranch. Much of it is for sale.
The Nance Ranch maintains approximately 475 acres of cultivated land which is in two roughly equal fields. All farming is strictly dryland, as there is no irrigation water available at the Ranch. The farming operation acts as a working laboratory for the Dryland Agriculture Institute and the Integrated Pest Management program, and provides numerous research and teaching opportunities for faculty and students.
Old Main, the oldest building at West Texas A&M University, remains as much as an integral part of the campus scene as it did when it first opened in 1916. The four-level structure houses numerous administrative offices including the University president as well as classrooms, laboratories and learning resource centers. Offices for enrollment management and human resources also are located in Old Main along with the College of Education and Social Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Even though the building is more than 100 years old, it retains the same early-century charm that prompted onlookers in 1916 to declare Old Main “the greatest building in Texas, the Capitol only excepted.”
Once a haven for student activities, the "Old Student Union Building" is a name that better describes the building's historic use. Today, though the name Old SUB stuck, this facility is home to the University Police Department and its Parking Services, the International Student Office and the Office of Education on Demand.
The north portion of the building is home to a weight room used by West Texas A&M University student athletes.
The West side of the building houses Panhandle AHEC, a USDA office, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Office, English as a Second Language office and the Texas Forestry Commission
The newly renovated Palo Duro Research Facility opened in August 2010 and is located at #2 Hospital Drive. The facility is intended to become the hub of the West Texas A&M University Campus Research District and promote collaborative research and alliances for research collaboration.
The facility has controlled access/monitored entry and exit for the laboratories and secure entry for the offices. The laboratories have 100% fresh air and filtering of all air, fume hoods, emergency showers, eye wash stations, fire blankets, and chemical resistant surfaces and are equipped with RO/DI water. All waste water flows through a filtering system to remove any hazardous chemicals prior to being disposed of as sewage. The facility is energy efficient with energy efficient windows, efficient insulation, and motion-detection lighting. Heating and cooling is harvested from the exhaust air system.
Presently, the research facility’s occupants are:
Commercial Core Lab
Environmental Quality and Technology Research Laboratory
University Research Alliance
Visitors are amazed at all the things that can be seen under one roof at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. This is the largest history museum in Texas with a collection of more than three million artifacts. Twenty-two different galleries take visitors back in time through art, history, archeology, paleontology, petroleum, transportation and textiles. The museum’s collection of Texas art is considered one of the best in the state.
The Physical Plant employs approximately 140 people for building maintenance, custodial service and grounds keeping. The Physical Plant services 2,300,000 square feet of building space and 114 acres of landscape.
The President’s Home, built in 1986, is located just north of the Virgil Henson Activities Center. The house is much more than just a home for the first family—it’s also a place for meeting and entertaining. The home’s tri-level design features a designated area on the first floor for public entertaining. The O’Briens graciously open their home to students and others for dinners and social activities throughout the year.
The Print Shop is where many of the University’s printing needs are taken care of. Print Shop Online Order Form
Central Supply takes care of incoming and outgoing deliveries for the campus and set up and supplies for University events.
Purchasing and Inventories facilitates the purchase of goods and services for the University.
The Office of Residential Living maintains the University’s eleven residence halls which house approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each hall has its own unique appeal for a “home away from home” to meet each student’s personality, living style and location preference. The Office of Residential Living strives to create an atmosphere that promotes academic success, personal growth and social awareness for each of its hall residents.
The West Texas A&M University rodeo arena is just south of Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. It is home to the men's and women's rodeo teams, which compete in the highly competitive Southwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The men's team captured a national championship in 2005
Students living in Shirley Hall have easy access to the University’s Dining Hall, Cornette Library, Terrill Lawn, and Virgil Henson Activities Center. The female residence hall features a family atmosphere consisting of 12 air-conditioned units arranged around an attractive courtyard. Three additional units house the Greek Social Sororities. Shirley is a card-access hall with spacious study areas, a big screen television, a community kitchen, and laundry facilities. Residents also enjoy cable access and ethernet connections in each room.
The Small Business Development Center, administered through the WTAMU College of Business, is focused on new job creation and works with small businesses across the Texas Panhandle by offering training in all areas of business management. The Center is located in downtown Amarillo at 701 S. Taylor, Suite 118.
Stafford Hall is a two-story residence hall for female students at West Texas A&M University. It is one of the first buildings you will see as you arrive on the WTAMU campus. Stafford Hall is conveniently located near Mary Moody Northern Hall, the Classroom Center, and the Fine Arts Complex. Its traditional look carries on the historic WTAMU spirit on which this University was founded. It offers residents both cable and modern internet access in each room. The hall features an air-conditioned lobby, big screen television, piano, pool table, a community kitchen, and laundry facilities.
Built and christened in 2007, the Stanley Schaeffer Agriculture Learning Laboratory is tooled for ag mechanics and home to the University’s Agriculture Education Program. This pre-engineered metal building, northeast of campus, has approximately 10,000 square feet of mechanical laboratory space and plenty of equipment that students use in preparation for teaching careers in agriculture.
The Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex opened in August 2006 as WTAMU’s first new academic building in 30 years. The building features smart classroom technology to actively engage students in the learning process. Other special features include state-of-the-art radio and television studios, a 304-seat Branding Iron Theatre, the Happy State Bank Studio black box theatre, an acting studio, recital hall, music studios and choir rehearsal rooms. The Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex is home to the Department of Music, the Department of Art, Theatre and Dance and the Department of Communication.
One of the latest changes to the WTAMU campus is the completion of Victory Circle. Construction crews have been working for months on a landscaped divider down the road leading into campus from the west entrance. They also are creating a new home for the Eternal Flame in a roundabout at the intersection of University and Victory. The Eternal Flame, a common symbol for the University, was constructed in 1966 by the WTAMU Alumni Association to represent the burning desire and quest for knowledge. It’s often seen depicted on the University logo and seal, and its new location will be a fitting home for this time-honored symbol. Construction is expected to be finished by Homecoming so be sure and stop by for a visit and you’ll be amazed at all the latest changes at WTAMU.
Although the Department of Sports and Exercise Science and a number of student service operations (medical and wellness services) are housed in the Activities Center, the facility is, for the most part, a recreational haven. Originally built in 1970, the Activities Center accommodates an indoor swimming pool, an eight-lane bowling alley, weight room, racquetball/handball courts, game room, TV lounges and a couple of all-purpose rooms, including one large enough to attract eight pick-up teams to its four regulation-size basketball courts. The Activities Center is also home to Kids Kollege, the University's child-care center, the main office of WT Athletics.
The VHAC was renovated in 2011 with an exciting overhaul of the main west entrance, including first-floor office renovations as well as new aesthetics to the center’s lobby and main staircase. Additionally a nearly 40-foot tall rock-climbing wall now greets visitors coming in to the VHAC.
The WT Enterprise Center operates under the auspices of the WTAMU College of Business to foster economic growth and entrepreneurial development through business incubation for Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle. Located at 2300 N. Western in Amarillo, the Enterprise Center houses offices, production space, conference rooms and even commercial kitchen facilities to help businesses succeed.