For the first time in 43 years, Rockafield House will serve Wright State in a different capacity.
Built in 1969 for the university’s first president, Brage Golding, and subsequently occupied by Wright State’s first six presidents and their families, Rockafield House is now Rockafield Alumni Center, the new home for the Wright State University Alumni Association and alumni returning to campus.
“We really want our alumni to feel welcome to come back to campus,” said Greg Scharer, executive director of alumni relations. “There wasn’t a building on campus, until now, solely designated for alumni activities.”
By encouraging alumni to visit the center when they’re on campus, Scharer believes the alumni office will be able to track alumni activity better and offer supportive services like a space for alumni to park, work, socialize, and visit.
Scharer sees Rockafield adding historical perspective, too. “There’s a lot of history, and there’s really no place for alumni to come back to and reflect on that history,” he said. “Alumni who do desire to come back to campus are sometimes confused by what campus looks like now, so it is nice to have a starting place for them. A place of welcome.”
A few features available through the use of the Rockafield Alumni Center include:
- Alumni dinners
- Social gatherings
- Wine tastings and receptions
- Alumni reunions
- Meeting space
- Drop in office space
- Home of The Office of Alumni Relations
- Home of The Student Alumni Association
There’s no place like home and the welcome mat is out at Rockafield Alumni Center for our nearly 100,000 alumni! Please join us for our grand opening of Rockafield Alumni Center during Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 13 as we celebrate this center as the new home of the Wright State University Alumni Association.