ACU students plan design for Welcome Center, win scholarship money


For immediate release
Dec. 7, 2001

The Welcome Center at Abilene Christian University may have a new, more student-friendly look, thanks to a contest that allowed students to design a floor plan for the center.

The Welcome Center, on the first floor of Zellner Hall, is designed to be the first stop for students, visitors to campus and prospective students. The center, in search of a new look, sponsored a scholarship contest in conjunction with composite interior design majors and was not disappointed.

Three interior design majors won the scholarship contest: Amanda Clark, senior from Lubbock; Taryn Fiebiger, senior from Abilene; and Jordan Smith, senior from Wichita, Kan. Along with the honor of winning first place in the Welcome Center Interior Design Contest, each student will receive $1,000 toward their education at ACU.

The group pulled an all-nighter to finish the project, which was submitted before a panel of judges.

Barry Pupella, director of billing and receivables, who with Gary West, director of Student Financial Services and Kitty Wasemiller, associate professor of interior design, planned the contest, said he was impressed with the presentation.

"The students did a great job," he said. "The students knew the importance of the Welcome Center, and we got their input, which was gratifying for me. The students surpassed everything that I expected."

The new Welcome Center, as designed by the three seniors, would feature new colors, new furniture, a tile pathway in the shape of a cross, mosaic tiles forming the shape of the ACU crest, custom-built shelves, a coffee bar, and new lighting.

"This could contribute to the development of a new environment for the center comparable to the Mabee Business Building or the newly designed Campus Store," Pupella said.

Clark said the project was a chance to do something real, rather than just a class project.

"We tried to do something that portrayed ACU. We went to the building several times to see what we could do to change the way things were. We wanted to make something modern and more futuristic," Clark said. "Maybe we can leave a little bit of a legacy."

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