WKU today (Aug. 11) dedicated the State Farm Courtyard, located adjacent to the Augenstein Alumni Center.
According to Marc Archambault, WKU’s Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, the State Farm Courtyard is a part of the overall Alumni Square Plaza, which is supported by the WKU Foundation and includes the new Chili’s Grill & Bar. The State Farm Courtyard offers an intimate outdoor venue for special events.
“A total of 17 State Farm employees, as well as the State Farm Foundation, contributed a total of $165,000 in gifts, pledges and matching contributions to construct this area,” Archambault said. “These State Farm employees represent a dozen different communities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. In addition, 16 of the 17 donors are WKU alumni. We truly appreciate their important support for this project.”
Craig Browning, U.S. Bank Regional President for South Central Kentucky and WKU Foundation Board Chair, said: “I have enjoyed seeing many State Farm employees invest their philanthropy to blend a strong corporate brand with WKU’s in a mutually beneficial way. The State Farm Courtyard creates a unique gathering place for friends and alumni for generations to come. We thank the State Farm family for this significant gift.”
Ralph Dillihay, State Farm Agency Field Executive (Retired) in Bowling Green, personally supported the project. “I grew up in Drakesboro, Kentucky, and went to WKU, as did my wife and several other members of my family,” he said. “I played basketball at WKU for a year, and I was always excited to connect with the University. It’s good for business, and it’s an entity we should all support.”
WKU President Gary A. Ransdell noted that WKU alumni make up a larger percentage of State Farm employees than any other school in Kentucky. “It is truly meaningful for WKU to have long-term corporate partners like State Farm,” he said. “We truly value their support of this courtyard, WKU Athletics, the Gordon Ford College of Business and many other areas.”
Contact: Marc Archambault, (270) 745-6208