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WLC Receives $5.2 Million Gift

March 27, 2019

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Milwaukee, WI - Thanks to a $5.2 million anonymous gift, Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) is expanding its dedicated science building, Generac Hall, as well as enlarging the college's fitness center and creating a Sports Performance Center within its Recreation Complex.

Over the past 10 years, Wisconsin Lutheran College has grown its enrollment by more than 79%. For the 2018-2019 academic year, WLC reported 292 freshmen enrolled - its highest ever - which reflects a 26 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2017.

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Approximately 30 percent of WLC students are pursuing careers in the health and life sciences. To meet the growing need, the lower level of Generac Hall will be outfitted with additional classrooms designed to encourage teamwork and utilize interactive teaching technology. New anatomy and physiology labs will offer more space and maximize hands-on experiences. A third lab dedicated to sport and exercise science will provide students with active and participatory lab experiences, and students will use the same equipment for assessment and analysis as they will in the field. Two student gathering spaces are also included in the expansion.

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A record 45 percent of WLC students this academic year are participating in one or more of the college's 18 intercollegiate varsity sports. The increase in student-athletes necessitates a build-out of the Recreation Complex to include a new sports training center and an expanded fitness facility for all students. The new Sports Performance Center includes a comprehensive weight room and a dynamic exercise area. New spaces focused on year-round training for golf, baseball, and softball will include state-of-the-art simulators and practice spaces. The expanded fitness center will contain the latest equipment, increasing the workout options for students. 

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Jennifer Garbo-Shawhan

WLC Executive Director of Marketing and Communication 

About Wisconsin Lutheran College
Wisconsin Lutheran College was established in 1973 and is an independent, nationally ranked Christian college in Milwaukee that serves 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus and online programming. The college, which prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience.