Scholarships play a vital role in helping to recruit and retain top students. Increasing the scholarship endowment by $15 million would generate $750,000 in annual scholarship awards to help recruit top students, benefit highly qualified students and open the door to a world of opportunities for first-generation students. Donations to WTAMU scholarships are an investment in a new generation of leaders and help ensure that all students get an opportunity to live the exceptional experience that is West Texas A&M University.
Universities that recognize and support faculty through endowed chairs and professorships have the upper hand when it comes to recruiting and retaining top faculty members. A campaign goal of $8 million in endowed faculty and program support will allow WTAMU to offer competitive salaries and valuable resources to attract leading scholars. A top faculty enriches the life of the University and helps attract the best students to campus. Having endowed professors and chairs teaching in our classrooms and working in the University’s research facilities will nurture a learning environment focused on the latest in research, thinking and publishing and help provide an exceptional educational experience for generations of WTAMU students.
Providing a secure, welcoming and supportive campus environment is a priority as WTAMU begins its second century. Support for the creation of new campus buildings and renovations of existing facilities paves the way for growth in enrollment numbers, enhances student amenities and builds Buff Pride.
The West Texas A&M University School of Engineering, created in direct response to community need, provides greater opportunities for the area’s brightest students and supports economic development by attracting new industry to the area. The University launched the program in 2003 with the creation of a mechanical engineering degree program and expanded in 2010 with civil engineering. Enrollment has exceeded expectations, and with the addition of environmental engineering in the fall of 2012, the need for additional space is critical.
Current learning spaces have served the University well for many years, but to attract the best students and the best faculty, WTAMU must meet the challenge of today’s changing technologies through high-quality classrooms and labs. University officials are preparing for a new generation of civil, mechanical and environmental engineering students with continued renovations to the former ag/nursing building, now known as the Engineering and Computer Science Building. Phase II renovations will equip the building’s second floor to support the growing program.
The Bain Athletic Center is a three-phase project that serves as the centerpiece of the University’s Buffalo Sports Park. The facility is currently home to a 6,700 square foot locker room complete with lockers, showers, laundry facilities, equipment storage space and video screen for game-film reviews. When completed, the Bain Athletic Center will cover 31,000 square feet and will be one of the premier intercollegiate athletic complexes in the country. It will house an athletic training room, weight room, coaches’ offices, meeting space, team study hall and a Championship Atrium to honor WTAMU’s rich athletic history.
The training center will provide WTAMU athletes with the latest in strength and conditioning equipment. The athletes will receive the best when it comes to prevention and care with treatment stations, taping stations, a rehab area and hydrotherapy room. 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 Bain Athletic Center is the building block for the future of athletics at WTAMU.
Naming rights represent a brick and mortar reminder of the commitment of West Texas A&M University donors and create a lasting impact on campus. Numerous naming opportunities are available and include buildings, colleges, classrooms, laboratories, seminar and study rooms, lobbies, lounges, galleries, conference rooms, residence halls, athletic facilities, fitness areas and more.