WKU K-8 Self-Guided Campus Tour*

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WKU K-8 Self-Guided Campus Tour**Created by KY Museum Education Dept. See last page for map of tour route.To the left of the building’s entrance, go up thestaircase and walk to the Lincoln statue in front of theKentucky Building1Welcome to the Kentucky Building.This is where you will begin and end your tour.The Kentucky Building includes the KentuckyMuseum, which is home to several exhibitsincluding Instruments of American Excellence andKY in the Civil War. This building also houses theSpecial Collections Library, which contains a varietyof rare materials including books, photographs,genealogical materials, and much more.This building was begun in 1929 by WKU’s firstpresident, Henry Hardin Cherry, “to preserveKentucky’s history and heritage.” Note the columnsin front of the building are each a single piece oflimestone from top to bottom; very rare to findcontinuous columns such as these.Facing Lincoln, turn right and walk up the sidewalkclosest to the road. As you walk up the hill, you will seethe Felts Log House on your left. Continue, and pass theAugenstein Alumni Center on your left2The Augenstein Alumni Center isone of the newest buildings on campus, builtspecifically to provide alumni and the WKUcommunity with a comfortable space to holdmeetings, social events, and educational programs.The Alumni center also houses the Office of AlumniRelations and the WKU Foundation. To the right ofthe Alumni Center is Fraternity Row, where all ofWKU’s Fraternity houses are located. The newestaddition to this area is the Big Red Statue! Big Redhas severed as the beloved WKU mascot since1979. Great photo opportunity-walk down to thestatue if time allows.

Keep walking up the hill until you see Cherry Hall on theright. Cross the intersection and gather at the statue.Follow the sidewalk directly to the left of Cherry Hall.Pass the log building and cross the intersection to take aright toward the libraryWalk toward the library, and then take the stairs on yourleft down to the fountain3Cherry Hall is named after WKU’s founderPresident Henry Hardin Cherry. The English, History,Philosophy, and Religious Studies departments areall located in Cherry Hall. The cupola on top of thebuilding houses 25 cathedral bells played dailyaccording to class schedules. These bells and thecupola have become iconic symbols of WKU.Check out the inscriptions on Cherry’s statue.What do they say?4The “Time and Place — Compass& Clock”is a fountain that was constructed bystudents and faculty in the art department and wasfinished in 2006. Its features include compasspoints, stellar constellations and a functioningsundial (the shadow of the water tells you whatFacing Cherry Hall, follow the sidewalk to the left of thebuilding and go down the stairstime it is).Just beyond the fountain is the entrance to

75Cravens Library. This is the main libraryon campus. This library contains WKU’s circulatingcollections including both fictional and non-fictionalTo the right is the Colonnade. These areremnants of the former football stadium whichopened with its’ first game in 1927. Today it servesas a hot spot for students to study and congregate.works. Helm Library, which connects to Cravens atthe left, houses law and reference materials. Thereis also a student computer lab on the 4th floor.Head back to the fountain and walk to the left to theIvan Wilson Fine Arts CenterKeep following the sidewalk toward Gatton Academy.When you reach the fork in the sidewalk, take the leftand walk on the path closest to Gatton Academy.6The IvanWilson Fine Arts Center,commonly known as FAC, houses severaldepartments including: Modern Languages, Music,Intercultural Studies, Communication, Folk Studies,Art, and Anthropology. In the center of FAC is theRussell H. Miller Theatre, which showcases varioustheatre and dance productions year round.8The Gatton Academy ofMathematics and Science in Kentuckyis the Commonwealth’s only state-supportedresidential high school for students interested inpursuing advanced careers in science, technology,engineering, and mathematics. Instead of spendingtheir junior and senior years in traditional schools,students take all their coursework through WesternKentucky University with regularly enrolled collegestudents. Gatton Academy was listed as the numberone high school in America in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Continue walking down the hill. Go down two staircasestoward Centennial Mall, which is the center of campus.The red statue called “Centennial”commemorates 100 years of unwaveringdedication to higher education at WKU.Inside, you can see several murals displaying theWKU spirit as well as another Big Red Statue. Youmay also go down to the Ground Floor of thebuilding and visit the WKU Bookstore.Veer to the right of the circle and continue to walktoward DSU.Follow the sidewalk down toward the Guthrie Bell Tower.On your left, you will pass Minton Hall, the honorsdorm, as well as the Academic Complex.9To your right is the DeroDowningStudent Union, which recently underwent a 49 million dollar renovation. DSU houses thestudent ID Center, the Student GovernmentAssociation, a Post Office, a variety of campusrestaurants, including Starbucks, and the WKUBookstore.At this point, the group is welcome to quietly walk intoDSU and look around.If your group chooses to go inside, please exit thesame way you entered to continue the tour.10The Guthrie Bell Tower wascompleted in May of 2002. The statue and towerwere gifts from Mr. Lowell Guthrie. The statue is inmemory of his brother, Sergeant 1st Class Robert H.Guthrie. The tower houses 47 bells and has becomean iconic symbol on campus. You can often hearthe bells throughout the day and, more specifically,after a win for the Tops!

11To your left is MassMedia andTechnology Hall. Located inside is the schoolFacing the statue, turn right and follow the sidewalk tothe football stadium. Cross the road at the intersectionoutside of the football stadium.of Journalism and Broadcasting, which has beenranked one of the top schools in the nation. Thisbuilding is also a hot spot for students to studybecause of the 24 hour technology lab that housescomputers, scanners, and printers. The 3rd floor isalso home to Revolution 91.7, WKU’s student-runradio station.13Houchens Industries- L.T. SmithStadium is the home of our Hilltopper footballteam and seats 28,000 fans!12Straight ahead is the PrestonHealthand Activity Center, the workout hub foreveryone at WKU. Inside are several basketballcourts that double as volleyball courts, 6racquetball courts, a swimming pool, awalking/running track, and a cardio center withstate-of-the-art machinery and weights.Membership is included in undergraduate tuition,so students are allowed to use this facility at noextra charge.Turn right and follow the side walk. You will soon seeDiddle Arena on your left. At Diddle Arena, gatheraround the statue.

14Diddle Arena is where the men’s andwomen’s basketball teams as well as the women’svolleyball team play their home games. It can seatup to 13,000 people.The statue commemorates Coach E.A. Diddle, whocoached at WKU from 1922-1964. He was the firstcoach in history to coach 1,000 games at oneschool. Diddle was also known to wave a red towelalong the sidelines during his games. Diddle wouldoften wave, toss and chew on this towel and evencover his face in times of disappointment. His redtowel is now a part of the WKU official athletic logo.We wave our red towels at athletic events today tocheer on our teams.Continue walking up the hill.15To the left you can see the “Valley,”surrounded by three of WKU’s residence halls:Gilbert Hall, McCormack Hall, and Rodes-HarlinHall. It is known as the “Valley” because when thedorms first opened, they were all-female and thisarea was once called, “the valley of the dolls.”Congratulations! You have completed your tourwhen you have arrived back at the KentuckyBuilding. The sidewalk to the right will lead youback to the parking lot.We hope you have enjoyed your tour and wouldlike to leave you with a quote from WKU’s firstpresident and founder."Western does not consist of the campus andbuildings. Beautiful as they are, they are deadthings. That other ‘thing' in the lives and hearts ofthe faculty, students, and alumni makes Westernthe great institution that it is."-President Henry Hardin Cherry

Check out our Traveling Trunks today!What are Traveling Trunks?Free resources to use in the classroomGet our WKU College Readiness Trunk!The WKU Traveling Trunk was created at the request of Kentucky educators. This trunkcontains: books, brochures, sports memorabilia, graduation items, pull up banner and a varietyof Hilltopper items to set up a "WKU Booth" in your classroom. The educator guide is packedfull of both print and online resources to give students a holistic view of college life, withinformation on campus tours, student life, Hilltopper traditions, and much more!How do I get one?Visit the teachers section at www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseumOr call 270-745-6082 for information

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