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Louisville couple makes $250,000 gift to support WKU’s new alumni center

WKU has received a $250,000 gift from Rick (’65) and Ann (’65) Guillaume of Louisville, Ky., in support of the new Augenstein Alumni Center.

Ann and Rick Guillaume

Rick and Ann Guillaume of Louisville have made a $250,000 gift in support of the new Augenstein Alumni Center.

According to Donald Smith, Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association, WKU will name the Center’s Executive Board Room in honor of the Guillaumes, both of whom have served as members of the WKU Alumni Association National Board of Directors.

“Rick and Ann have played a leadership role with the WKU Alumni Association for many years,” Smith said.  “It is truly fitting that the Center’s Executive Board Room be named in their honor.”

Smith said Rick and Ann Guillaume were named WKU’s 2010 Philanthropists of the Year.  In 1988, Rick Guillaume was awarded the WKU “Westerner” of the Year award.  He serves on the WKU Board of Advisors and as Co-Chair of the New Century of Spirit capital campaign—a $200 million campaign to be completed in 2012.  He is a former member of the WKU Foundation Board and WKU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Ann Guillaume is a former board member for the WKU Alumni Association.  The Guillaumes are Alumni Association Lifetime members and members of the Society of 1906.  They have financially supported numerous other programs at WKU, including another recent gift to the Sigma Chi house building campaign.

“Ann and I are committed to WKU and we think it is very important that we give something back to the school that has given us so much,” Rick Guillaume said.  “I am also pleased to be the co-chair of WKU’s New Century of Campaign that has raised $171 million toward the $200 million goal, and I’m glad to make a personal commitment toward that initiative.”

WKU President Gary Ransdell said WKU relies on tangible and intangible support from alumni like the Guillaumes.  “They are not only willing to give financially, but they provide profound leadership to WKU,” he said. “Their generosity of talent and resources is a testimony to the strength of the WKU Spirit.”

Smith said alumni support has been important throughout WKU’s history.  “The Augenstein Alumni Center will allow us to celebrate the past and plan for the future,” he said. “It is a much and welcomed addition to campus and will be a facility that our 90,000 alumni and many University friends will be proud to call home.”

About the Augenstein Alumni Center

The Augenstein Alumni Center will be located in Block 12 of the Bowling Green Tax Increment Financing District, directly down the hill from Van Meter Hall. It will border 14th Street in the block between Center and Kentucky streets.  Thus far, a total of $3.2 million has been raised toward the $5 million project.

Ground will be broken in the spring of 2011. It will be associated with a conference center and hotel space and adjacent development will include a parking garage and residential development. Once completed, the center will provide:

  • A grand ballroom to accommodate large social gatherings
  • A WKU museum to highlight the history and traditions of the institution
  • An executive board room with multi-media capacity
  • A living room for smaller gatherings, receptions and social events
  • A library to showcase work by WKU alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as display Heralds, Talismans, and BU Towers from the past
  • An auditorium for lectures, workshops, presentations and campus orientations
  • An executive dining room for small luncheons and events
  • A large atrium for public space and donor recognition areas
  • Administrative offices for the Alumni Association and WKU Foundation

Contact: Donald Smith, (270) 745-4395.

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