On the Grand Staircase is the beautifully restored grandfather clock, built by Hascale Haile and gifted by Linda and Garry D. Watkins. The second floor Mezzanine, provided by Donald J. and Jennifer W. Greulich, overlooks the Atrium and serves as lobby space for the Guillaume Executive Board Room and the Watkins Auditorium. The Mezzanine also houses the Internet Bar provided by Scott and Andee Crutcher and serves as an entry point for the Hall of Inspiration. The Mezzanine also serves as the entrance to the Balcony, which offers a spectacular view of campus, as well as the Fountain below.
The Hays T. and Betty J. Watkins Auditorium, which offers tiered seating, workspaces, excellent audiovisual capacity and electrical and network connections for up to 75 guests. The comfortable black seating features the red WKU logo, and the permanent tabling depicts the WKU logo within the wood. A custom wooden-etched seal hangs on the main wall, and the University’s motto of “The Spirit Makes the Master” is prominently featured. The Auditorium welcomes all prospective students to WKU, as well as numerous classes, speakers and guest lecturers.
The Hall of Inspiration recognizes members of the WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni, and celebrates the many contributions our alumni have made to society. The glass-enclosed cases are themed to represent notable alumni in various categories. These cases are provided by the College High Class of 1963, Matt and Ann-Taylor Fones, Ruth and Dr. Martin Massengale, the Music City Alumni Chapter, the Society of African American Alumni, and the Thirteeners.
The Mutchler Family Living Room, gifted by Dr. Bradford E. and Phyllis Mutchler, is located just ahead on the left. The room’s pocket doors pay homage to the doors in the living room of the former President’s Home and original Craig Alumni Center (CAC). The unique homelike area includes informal seating, including chairs refurbished from CAC, and a small dining table, named by Tom Redford, that was used by Dr. Kelly Thompson when his family lived in CAC during his administration. On the far wall is a fireplace, a replica of the one in CAC, gifted by the Greater Louisville Alumni Chapter. Similar to the one in the Atrium, a mirror television was provided by Barbara Schocke Thomas, M.D., and Christopher Lee Thomas. In addition, a built-in bar area, gifted by Bill and Amanda Sinks, houses unique and rare Kentucky bourbons.
Adjacent to the Living Room, the Bob and Martha Jean Owlsey Executive Library, features wood flooring, wood casework and a coffered ceiling. Three walls offer floor-to-ceiling bookshelves—named by Linda (d.) and Ron Miller, Beverly and Roger Mills Parrish II, and Judge Brent and Sandra Potter—which are filled with books and publications written by WKU alumni, faculty, staff and students. The Library also houses a complete collection of Talisman yearbooks, as well as bound issues of the College Heights Herald and WKU SPIRIT. Comfortable seating includes a beautiful brown leather sofa and an original chair that was originally in the lobby of Potter Hall in the early 1900s. The Executive Library’s light sconces, original to Gordon Wilson Hall when it was built as a library on campus, were retrofitted for this room. On the center wall hangs a replica of the original campus master plan that was hand drawn by architect Brinton B. Davis when he and Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry, WKU’s first President, planned the school’s historic move up the Hill. The library also houses game tables, as well as custom chess and checkerboards handcrafted by Roger Parrish. In addition, an art television was provided Tim and Laura Rhea. The Executive Library boasts one of two entrances to a large outdoor patio, complete with built-in grill and patio bar provided by Julie Harris Hinson.
Student callers utilize the Leigh Roy Bell TopperTalk Room as they make annual calls to WKU alumni and friends. Gifts from alumni and friends provide operating capital for departments and programs to purchase resources such as technology and training necessary to prepare graduates for the highly competitive marketplace they face upon graduation. Adjacent to the TopperTalk Room is the Gerald W. Fudge Employee Lounge/Inspiration Room, which provides a private break area for staff and TopperTalk student callers and offers a second entrance to the outdoor patio.
The stylish and functional Dan and Anne Greenwell Executive Dining Room offers a beautiful setting with rich fixtures, including a specially designed stained glass chandelier, custom crafted by artist Marvin Jarboe. The Dining Room Table, gifted by Melinda and Jonathan L. Rue, is custom-designed to contain an inlay of the WKU seal. Also within the Dining Room, the China Cabinet, made possible through a gift from Howard A. Pincus, provides a spirited décor and houses a hand-painted WKU china service, which was created by an artist who has crafted china for the White House. The Dining Room also features artwork by Joe Downing, courtesy of the Baker Museum. Like the Library and the Living Room, the Dining Room space truly reflects the concept that this facility is a home for WKU alumni. These unique and varied spaces can accommodate different types and sizes of events, and reflect a special place that is much more than a typical cookie-cutter event space.
You can exit the Dining Room into the Ann and Rick Guillaume Board Room, the premier campus choice for board and committee meetings. Featuring a palladium window and elegant carpeting and finishes, the room offers multimedia capabilities and hosts table seating for up to 25. In addition, a custom glass-etched rendering of the WKU Seal hangs on the main wall. The Board Room offers direct access to the John and Carolyn Ridley Veranda, set at the front of the building and offering a spectacular view of campus, looking up the Hill toward Van Meter Hall. The railing along the Veranda has a piece of the WKU logo hidden within it, a design that is mimicked in the other railing of the facility. You may exit straight through the Veranda, return to the Mezzanine, and proceed straight ahead to the elevator, provided by Catherine and Dr. Harry C. Stephenson. The elevator not only provides service to all three floors, it is uniquely WKU with decorative walls, Red Towel buttons and WKU music. In addition, a large WKU seal graces its doors.