Construction of Idaho State University Alumni Center valued at US$ 11.5 million is finally underway after more than ten years of no construction. The university broke ground on the facility construction on the corner of Bonneville Street and Memorial Avenue nearby the Holt Arena in Pocatello. Thursday morning. Original plans for an alumni center began more than two decades ago. Over the years hundreds of Bengali alumni, donors, and friends have worked together to raise the private funds needed to build the building. The late alumnus Jack R. Wheatley provided US$ 2 million for the project. An additional US$ 6 million has been raised since then, including a US$ 1.5 million donation from the Idaho Central Credit Union, after which the center bears the same name.
The Idaho State University alumni center will not only give anyone entering the university’s Pocatello campus a positive first impression of the school with a modern, state-of-the-art building. The facility will also have a huge event room, large open courtyard, and boardroom at Idaho State University Foundation, and Alumni Relations Boards can meet regularly.
“Today, this event marks the first official groundbreaking ceremony for a new building on this campus in more than a decade. This Idaho State University alumni center will serve as the new hub on this campus where we will greet Bengali on their return home, provide a meeting place for our alumni and host our community to bring them to events and events on our campus. It will serve as the home for many key operations and will be a welcome new place for all new Bengali to join our family. That means this facility for the future of Idaho State University, ”said Kevin Satterlee, President of Idaho State University.