CANYON, Texas (KAMR / KCIT) – On Monday, staff at the University of A&M West Texas (WTAMU) announced that the educational building on Canyon Campus will now be renamed after a significant donation from the university.
According to a university press release, the West Texas A&M University building will now be called the Geneva Schaeffer Education Building. It came after the Schaefer family donated $ 2.5 million to WTAMU to help restore the building’s impact on the Canyon campus. This is the first name of the donor associated with this building.
Schaefer, who died in 2016, attended both WTAMU and the demonstration school, which was previously housed in the education building. After graduating from school in 1955, Schaefer worked as a public school teacher for 17 years. She received an honorary doctorate from the College of Education and Social Sciences of the University in 2016.
“This is the culmination of a 20-year-old dream that Geneva and I shared,” said in a release Stanley Schaefer, Geneva Schaefer’s husband. “We both, like many other alumni who attended classes at this building, missed it when it closed and have since wanted it to be actively used again.”
Upon completion of the reconstruction, the building will house a graduate school of the university, as well as a place for educational design “to promote digital learning.” Schaefer’s Geneva Education Corps will also serve as office space for student support and achievement departments. It will also provide about 60,000 square feet of additional training and office space, including three full floors and a half basement building.
“The Schaefer family has put a lot of attention into the development and vision of the WT for more than four decades,” WT President Walter Wendler said in a release. “Geneva has been a powerful force for most of the transformational changes that have taken place in the WT since she and Stanley began to attract others to join them to support the university. Having her name on the educational building is a testament to her commitment to education through Panhandle. ”
According to the release, the building, now known as the Geneva Schaeffer Educational Building, was the second academic hall built on the Canyon campus. It officially opened in October 1928, initially starting with a demonstration school. Classes in the building were held until 1988.