Quincy University’s campus has a new sign located near the corner of 20th and Chestnut. The sign was a gift effort of three QU classes who held fundraisers during their senior year to leave a legacy gift to the school.
“The Senior Class Gift committees from 2017, 2018 and 2019 were thrilled to come together to gift Quincy University with a creative sign to bring a new life to a part of the main campus,” said Derek Lambert, class of 2018 senior class gift committee chair. “We are excited to leave our stamp and legacy on campus with something that will prove to be valuable to the community for many years to come.”
The metallic, copper brown Q and U sit 6 feet tall and 30 inches deep, on a large concrete base. The sign was constructed using the talents of local vendors including Awerkamp Steel, Powder Coat Plus, Niemann Construction and Classique.
“We are grateful to the Senior classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 for providing this new campus landmark on the north side of the main campus,” said Matt Bergman, interim senior director of advancement. “We hope that this will provide great photo opportunities for current and prospective students and will be a place where alumni can come back to recreate QU memories.”
The new sign sits in front of Helein Hall, built in 1960 as Centennial Hall and now serving as a residence hall for men. Recent exterior renovations to Helein Hall, including the new sign, are intended to create a welcoming environment for students.
“Helein Hall is a wonderful example of mid-century modern architecture,” said Bergman. “Our new sign was designed to complement the iconic features and clean lines of this classic residence hall and of our other residence halls and student apartments on Chestnut Street.”
“We wanted the sign to be fabricated entirely by businesses and artisans in Quincy, Illinois, as a way to celebrate the industrial and artistic heritage of the city,” said Brian McGee, Ph.D., Quincy University president.
“Chestnut Street has for decades been the northern border of our main campus, and the street is an important route linking residential neighborhoods, parks, and businesses in Quincy,” said McGee. “We believe this sign adds even more charm and character to a great street and our historic campus. I believe our alumni of 2017, 2018, and 2019 will be proud of their contribution to the university in the decades to come.”
Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is celebrating 160 years as a small Catholic university emphasizing the sciences, liberal arts and the professions. Quincy University offers undergraduate, graduate and adult education programs integrating practical experience and Franciscan values. Faculty and advisors work with students to design customized success plans to help them graduate on time, find their passion and prepare them for life. QU is a member of NCAA Division II for intercollegiate athletics. For more information, please visit www.quincy.edu or contact the Office of Community Relations at (217) 228-5275 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Quincy University. Success by Design.