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Donors recognized in new Wabash Building

Posted: 07/24/2012

Now that Roosevelt University is moving into the new Wabash Building, visitors can see rooms and areas supported by our generous donors. Several spaces and rooms in the building will soon have signs recognizing the individuals and organizations that made gifts or pledges to the building.

Upon entering the Wabash Building, people will pass through the atrium lobby, which is named in honor of Trustee Robert Wieseneck (BS, ’58). The “student union” floors of the facility will also include several donor names. For instance, the fabulous dining center on the second floor, an important gathering space for students, faculty and staff, will bear the name “Robert R. McCormick Foundation Dining Center” in acknowledgement of the foundation’s generous gift (secured with the advocacy of Trustee David Hiller).

On the fourth floor, the videoconferencing room will have the names of Trustee Donald Hunt and his wife, Jane, and the Auditorium Theatre dance rehearsal room will be named, “The Katten/Landau Studio.” The Crown Family is naming most of the fitness center on the fifth floor, specifically the large cardio training and strength training rooms.

Academic floors of the building also feature several named donors. They provide a perfect opportunity for alums to support the college which gave them their start years ago. Alumnus Van Vlahakis (BS, ’58), chemist and president of Venus Laboratories, Inc., has named the organic chemistry lab on the seventh floor. An incredible tiered classroom on the 11th floor (a Heller College of Business floor) with views overlooking Lake Michigan has been named for trustee and alumnus Manny Steinfeld (BS, ’48).

Last Legacy

Naming gifts resulting from bequests are also prominent in the building, a memorable, lasting legacy to donors who have left funds to Roosevelt via planned giving. For example, the Heller College of Business dean’s suite on the 12th floor is named in honor of Richard L. Mitchell (BA, ’65), a successful businessman. Alumnus Joseph Pisciotta (BS, ’49) left a generous gift to Roosevelt, which will be honored by naming the general biology teaching lab on the eighth floor after him.

Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Mitchell and his wife, Linda, have generously named our 13th floor, the executive floor. Bequest donors are also visible on non-academic floors; for example, the family of alumnus Dempsey Travis (BA, ’49) named the pre-function reception space on the fourth floor for Travis.

Naming gifts will continue to be accepted throughout the comprehensive campaign. “The specific examples of named spaces cited above represent only a few of the naming opportunities claimed so far in our exciting new facility,” said Kim Gibson-Harman, associate vice president for campaign and operations. “Costs of naming range from $2,000 all the way to $25 million, and naming commitments are for 20 years or in perpetuity. We truly have something for everyone! Contact me.”

Kim Gibson-Harman can be reached at, or (312) 341-3663.

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