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The dedication of the Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia Wesleyan College. West Virginia Wesleyan College The Benson House is now also known as the Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia Wesleyan. The building, built in the 1890s, became the home of the institution’s alumni following a donation from C.O. Erickson. “The center has provided a highly-visible location for Wesleyan’s friend-raising and fund-raising programs,” says Robert Skinner, vice president for Advancement. “The opening of the center coincided with an increased emphasis on reconnecting with alumni and building a comprehensive advancement program. It has resulted in a significant attendance increase at alumni events and strong growth in annual donations.” Wheeling Jesuit University Unlike other universities, Wheeling Jesuit has a single room in its McDonough Center named for C.O. Erickson. The room was built in 1993 and houses memorabilia and photos, many of which have been generously donated by alumni. The funding was secured for Wheeling Jesuit by former President Thomas Acker, giving the university a place for alumni to call their home. Today, the school uses the facility to host reunions and gatherings, including meetings of the alumni council and the board of trustees and athletic receptions.  Photography by Lee Scott, Myrah Scott, The Mayo Clinic, West Virginia University, West Virginia State University, Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia Wesleyan College www.wvexecutive.com summer 2014 65