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Alderson Broaddus University Marshall University The formal dedication of the Erickson Alumni Center at Alderson Broaddus University (AB) was completed in 1993. Since then, the center has undergone a complete renovation and reopened in 2014 for students at the university. AB has expanded considerably in recent years, and the alumni center has even served as temporary housing for a number of students, as the building has rooms that are frequently used as accommodations. “Philanthropists all have generous hearts but not all are leaders,” says AB President Richard Creehan. “The Ericksons have never been reluctant to take on projects that have great impact for universities. Under Laurie Erickson’s direction, this tradition of leadership will continue, and higher education in West Virginia is better for it.” In 1987, President Dale Nitsky approached C.O. Erickson about a donation for a possible alumni center. Erickson cut a check to Nitsky for $150,000 on the spot, allowing for plans to begin on the new center, which needed a location. When the university finally settled on a good location, they realized they would need more money to fund it, and Nitsky approached Erickson again for help, securing an additional $175,000 in funds that helped make the alumni center a reality. In 2010, a brand-new facility on the campus was unveiled, and today it serves as a showcase for the university, hosting alumni facilities, functions and events. “An alumni center is like a home away from home for alumni,” says Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall Foundation. “It provides a great opportu