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a space for holding meetings, receptions and campus events. In 2010, UC moved its alumni facilities into a renovated part of Riggleman Hall after the original house became too aged to use. The foundation also provided facilities to The College of West Virginia in Beckley, which later became Mountain State University. In 2013, the school closed, and the property now functions as a Beckley campus for UC. West Virginia State University C.O. Erickson’s reputation for charitable giving reached West Virginia State University (WVSU) in the early 1990s, and the WVSU Foundation Board took notice. The executive director of the foundation at the time, Cam Sellers, contacted the Erickson family and coordinated a visit to the campus. Following the procurement of a $200,000 gift, the Erickson Alumni Center at WVSU opened in 1995. Events are held in the building today, both for the community and the school, and rental of the facility helps sustain the WVSU Foundation. The National Alumni Association also maintains an office and houses its official records in the building, located in Institute, WV. The Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia State University. West Virginia University West Virginia University (WVU) was one of the first schools to receive a donation from C.O. Erickson, primarily because of his ties with the school; all three of his children attended the university to get their degrees. An original donation of Business by Design with Transform the Look, Feel & Workflow of Your Office • Complete Series of bizhub Networked Copier/Printers • Color, Black & White • Multifunctional Fax & Scan • Software & Network Solutions Call TODAY! 304-744-7440 or 1-888-483-7440 500 D Street South Charleston, WV 304-744-7440 64 west virginia executive 3135 16th Street Road Suite 14 Huntington, WV 304-781-7440 $500,000 to WVU allowed for the first Erickson Alumni Center to be built on the campus in 1986. Today, the original center has been repurposed as home for the Art Museum of WVU, and a new Erickson Alumni Center opened in 2008. The new facility, which is more than four times as large as the original, serves as a venue for approximately 400 events each year, including weddings, reunions and graduation ceremonies. “The Erickson family has left a remarkable gift to colleges across West Virginia. We can’t thank them enough for believing in the work we do here,” says Tara Curtis, director of Communications for the WVU Alumni Association. “Having a first-class facility enables us to meet the ever-changing needs of alumni and friends, and we have the Erickson family to thank for that.” The Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia University.