The Willow Bowl: A Unique and Special Part of the College

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You may contact the foundation for more information at (402) 375-7510 and speak with Phyllis Conner, vice president for development and executive director of the Wayne State Foundationt; Deb Lundahl, director of development and alumni relations; or Kevin Armstrong, director of planned giving.

 

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Through your support, the Wayne State Foundation has been a strategic partner in the growth and development of Wayne State College.

More than 70 years ago, then President Dr. J.T. Anderson, 1935-1946, with the aid of a Works in Progress Act (WPA) grant, launched the plan to create the Willow Bowl on the campus of Wayne State College. The Willow Bowl, completed in 1938, evolved from what was originally a campus lake completed in 1922, which for two years allowed Wayne State students to ice skate in the winter and swim in the summer. Later, a cracked cement base ended these student activities and a mess was left behind.

 

The Willow Bowl was constructed using the broken cement from the pond and mortar to form the stage and seating of the amphitheatre. From this modest beginning, the Willow Bowl became not just a landscape feature on campus, but according to alumni, a place central to their hearts and minds. It is an icon, a representation of the college that is unique and special.

 

Alumni frequently share stories about the Willow Bowl: spring commencement, marriage proposals, a rendezvous with someone or just enjoying its beauty. It is one of the reasons Wayne State College was named most beautiful campus in North Central United States.

 

Alumnus Irv Hoffbauer '51 provided funds to hire the architect to develop the reconstruction plan. It will take the full support of Wayne State College alumni to come together to ensure the continued existence of our beloved Willow Bowl.

 

If we can secure the funds needed to reconstruct the Willow Bowl by May 2012, the work can begin in June 2012 and be completed by April 2013, just in time for spring commencement.

 

A Campaign to Restore the Willow Bowl

From a distance the Willow Bowl retains its unique beauty. A closer look, though, reveals crumbling concrete, missing stones, a cracking and leaning stage wall, and uneven and loose stairs. The firm of Bahr Vermeer Haecker Architects was retained by the college to develop a plan to restore the Willow Bowl. The plan is to reconstruct it for an 80 to 100 year fix using limestone and current technology to meet the following goals.

 

- Maintain original configuration
- Improve existing utilities
- Correct the freeze/thaw deterioration
- Fully stabilize the stage wall
- Address handicap accessibility

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DONATION PROGRESS

$888,302.11

 

$0

$811,000

 

Estimated Costs

Item

Estimated Cost

1.

Program Planning

$ 9,000

2.

Professional Fees

$ 64,378

3.

Construction Costs

- General Construction

- Limestone Stage Walls

- Limestone Amphitheater Seat Walls

- Electrical Utilities

- Parking, Drives, Roads and Walks

- Landscaping and Fencing

$ 656,467

4.

Other Costs - Includes Testing, Geotec, Surveying

$ 13,650

5.

Project Contingency

$ 67,012

Total Project Cost

$ 810,507

 

 

Amounts Raised by Decade

Click any decade to see breakdown by year

1930-1939

$500

Class Year

Decade Class Rep

Amount Raised

1930-1939

Jerrine Lucas

$500

1940-1949 $8,082

Class Year

Decade Class Rep

Amount Raised

1940-1949

Florence Ferrin

$8,082

1950-1959 $70,785

Class Year

Class Rep

Amount Raised

1950

Gene Willmott

$1,433

1951

Irv Hoffbauer

$40,700

1952

Mac McManigal

$1,530

1953

Barbara Hypse

$4,765

1954

Carol Bremer/Carole Petersen

$3,775

1955 Dwain Petersen $1,449
1956 Dennis Thavent $5,673
1957 Jim Hummel $4,573
1958 Don Bremer $4,763
1959 Burdette Bremer $2,124
1960-1969 $67,895.40

Class Year

Class Rep

Amount Raised

1960

Gary Blakeman

$6,646

1961

Dennis and Gale Korth

$600

1962

Dick Keidel

$3,483

1963

Bill Koeber

$3,064

1964

Bill Reeg

$7,189

1965

Mona Casady

$18,148.40

1966

Linda Boles

$4,300

1967

Ron Whitt

$1,123

1968

Adrian Minks

$19,743

1969

Jean Mueting

$3,599

1970-1979 $204,545.34

Class Year

Class Rep

Amount Raised

1970

Terry McClain

$8,844

1971

Don and Diane Soukup

$11,578

1972

Cap Petersen

$5,574

1973

Jana Steidinger

$1,366

1974

Greg Allen

$2,498

1975

Regg Swanson

$102,158

1976

George Shuck

$62,433

1977

Doug Goodyear

$1,925

1978

Kirk Hutton

$5,791

1979

Greg VanderWeil

$1,865

1980-1989 $46,097.05

Class Year

Class Rep

Amount Raised

1980

Duane Polodna

$5,593

1981

Jan Dinsmore

$1,208

1982

Marge Holland

$6,129

1983

Carolyn Murphy

$20,641

1984

Glenda Gallisath

$1,610

1985

Joyce Reeg

$2,534

1986

Marge Heller

$2,772

1987

Drew Walker

$722.05

1988

Julie Paluka

$3,799

1989

Ron Holt

$957

1990-1999 $13,751.00

Class Year

Class Rep

Amount Raised

1990

Tracy Allgood

$3,016

1991

Jeanne Ann Kardell

$653.50

1992

Kevin Hill

$800

1993

Brenda Carhart

$626

1994

Lea Clausen

$499

1995

Brian Lentz

$383

1996

Bruce O’Neel

$3,018

1997

Charles Janssen

$3,416

1998

Brian Litchfield

$211

1999

Kevin Armstrong

$1,124

2000-2009 $3,056

Class Year

Class Rep

Amount Raised

2000

Brandon and Mollie Trease

$344

2001

Brad Jones

$421

2002

Kevin Lingenfelter

$58

2003

Nick Muir

$33

2004

Sarah Bates Brownell

$132

2005

Norman Small

$20

2006

Larry Moser

$1,399

2007

Brian Wiese

$116

2008

Amy Cech Hoferer

$533

2009

Tamara Nash

$--

2010-Present $75

Class Year

Class Rep

Amount Raised

2010

Lukas Rix

$75

2011

Joe Whitt & Lucas French

$--

Faculty/Staff/Friends of WSC $473,305.32

Class Year

Name

Amount Raised

Faculty, Staff & Friends

--

$473,305.32

 

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