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1885当前位置卫理公会圣公会的西北堪萨斯会议(联合卫理公会的前身)筹集了3美元,500 to fund a new college. Several Kansas cities submitted bids to host the new college, but the District accepted Salina’s offer of 15 acres and $26,000 towards the first building, known simply as the Administration building.

1886 | Sept. 15: The Administration Building opened its doors to the first class of 2 (a senior and a freshman) college students, 61 preparatory class students, and 11 faculty members. Tuition and fees were $13 per term.

1887: Henry M. Mayo becomes the first graduate of Kansas Wesleyan.

“正是在面对障碍和克服障碍中获得的力量使我们变得更好、更强壮。. It is the victory over those obstacles that gives us the courage for life’s best work.”

—Rev. H.M. Mayo, 1887 Graduation Speech

1890: Two student publications, the Wesleyan Lance and the Kansas Wesleyan Advocate, merge to form the Wesleyan Advance.

1891: C. W. Burch becomes the first graduate to complete all his work at Kansas Wesleyan. 他继续获得法律学位,并建立了堪萨斯州最早的律师事务所之一:Burch, Litowich, and Royce.

1904: Kansas Wesleyan opened its first residence hall, Schuyler Hall, named in honor of a much-loved university founder, Dr. Aaron Schuyler.

1908: Construction began on KWU’s second academic facility, Carnegie Science Hall. The science hall contained classrooms, laboratories, a museum, a telescope, and the university library.

1909: The University Methodist Church (known as the University United Methodist Church, UUMC) was organized to serve the university and south Salina, 直到1917年,现时的教堂建在邻近校园的地方,才在古武行政大楼举行礼拜.

1911: Glenn Martin (1908) flew his self-built plane over southern Salina, near campus. Martin attended Kansas Wesleyan Business College but later moved to California, establishing several aircraft and aerospace companies.

1916: King Gymnasium, Kansas Wesleyan’s first permanent athletic facility, opens. Named for Dean Albert King, a KWU professor, administrator, and supporter, the gym contained a swimming pool, basketball court, lockers, and other facilities. The face of the beloved clock which graced the gym, was salvaged after a fire destroyed the gym in 1987. The clock face is preserved in the Advancement Office in the Hall of the Pioneers.


1921为了给新的行政大楼腾出地方,行政大楼搬到了新的校园位置, the Hall of the Pioneers (Pioneer Hall).

1922拓荒者堂的挖掘工作已开始,但还要两年才能奠基. The building is not completed until 1930 although it is used in part starting in 1926.

1928: The Grafton-Club mural “The Coming of the Pioneers” in Sams Chapel is dedicated.

1928: The KCAC is formed with KWU, Bethany College, Ottawa University, Baker University, McPherson College, and the University of St. Mary’s.

1928: Ruple Perkins of Athens, OH, a running back for the Coyotes, becomes the first African-American to play college football in Kansas. Despite discrimination by teams that refused to take the field with him, he earned All-KCAC First Team honors his freshman and sophomore years.

1930: Kansas Wesleyan University’s tuition, room and board total $400 a year.


1940: Glenn Martin Stadium is built with Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor, including KWU students. The football team wins the KCAC Championship.

“I studied Business Administration and played football for three years. We played the whole 60 minutes. The entire team was 20 players. We won the school’s first KCAC Championship in 1940. 我还帮助建造了马丁体育场,作为工程项目管理项目,每小时工资25美分. Only three students on campus had a car back then.”—Bill Keeler ’44

1940: Kansas Wesleyan holds the inaugural Lilac Fete.

1948: Memorial Library is built and dedicated to the 24 students who died in World War II. 学生们用担架把这些书从卡内基科学馆运到新楼.

1956: KWU earns accreditation through the North Central Association, now called the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The University continues this accreditation today.

“The women’s dorm, Pfeiffer Hall, had curfew hours. Miss Jean Bradley, the Housemother, stood inside the front door … and she locked it exactly at 10:30 p.m. or midnight! If you were to approach Pfeiffer Hall’s front door around 10:20 p.m. on weeknights—or 11:50 p.m. on Saturday—you would see a bevy of couples within 20 or 30 yards of the front entryway. Obviously, they would be shaking hands and bidding each other ‘Good Night.’”—Bob Pinkall ’58

1968: Enrollment hits a record 800 students. 许多男生都是从前希林空军基地租来的营房接送到校园的,因为校园宿舍已经住满了.


1969: A men’s dorm is opened. It was called “New Men’s Dorm” until the mid-1990s, when it was renamed Wesley Hall.

1978: KWU Kansas Delta chapter of Alpha Chi honor society is chartered.

1979: Muir Gymnasium is built.

“I remember the games, the lectures, 与大学教堂的联系以及其他许多让堪萨斯卫斯理有家的感觉的事情. My most embarrassing moment was when I blew up a microscope in Dr. Neuberger’s microbiology class. I went on to graduate in 1977 with a B.S., simultaneously with my R.N. diploma from Asbury Hospital School of Nursing.”

—Jerri Phillips ’77, ’92, ’07


1988: KWU收购位于阿斯伯里-萨利纳地区医疗中心的阿斯伯里护理计划. In 1994, the program moved to campus.

“When I arrived at Kansas Wesleyan in 1980, I was an inner city kid from Newark, NJ, coming from a single-parent household. I was the first one in my family to attend college. I remember Homecoming, Lilac Fete, 圣诞音乐会和在教授家里为那些不能回家过感恩节的人准备的晚餐. I learned not only how to live alone but also how to live a life at Wesleyan.”—John Brooks ’84

1994: MBA program is launched; fiber optic cable is run to most of the buildings on campus.

“Being in choir was the greatest joy for me at KWU, and choir tour was one of my favorite experiences. 音乐表演很有趣,但巴士之旅和我的朋友旅行是最好的.”—Amanda (Montgomery) Gutierrez ’92

2006: The first Project HERO (Helping Everyone Reach Out) day, the brainchild of two seniors, is organized by the Student Activity Board, 并继续每年为中大学生提供机会,透过社区服务计划回馈本地社区.

2008: The Student Activities Center opens and includes the Hauptli Student Center, Brown Mezzanine, Mabee Arena, Muir Gymnasium, The Den and Yotee’s Bookstore.

2010: Communication students launch the first Internet radio broadcast of KKWU.

2011: The Albert Nelson Student Success Center opens in Memorial Library.


2014: Wesleyan Journey program is launched.

2015: $1.200万美元的技术升级扩展Wi-Fi,并为每栋校园建筑安装新的光纤电缆提供资金.

2015: The Graves Family Sports Complex stadium opens Oct. 3 to a then-record crowd of 2,011; legendary coach Gene Bissell helped cut the ribbon as the new Gene Bissell Field was dedicated.

2015: KWU forms the only marching band in the KCAC.


January 2021: The $5 million Nursing Education Center opens.

KWU Traditions

O’Wesleyan, Alma Mater

Oh Wesleyan, dear Wesleyan!
The days may come, the days may go.
But still our hearts in mem’ry cling
To those college days of long ago.

The color scraps, the student pranks,
The calls we made at Schuyler Hall,
The picnic on the Smoky’s banks,
We recall them all, we love them all.

Thru youth, thru prime and when the days
Of harvest time to us shall come;
Thru all we’ll bear the mem’ries dear,
Of those golden days at the Wesleyan.

Then when perchance we’re far away,
And cares of life to each are come,
We’ll not forget, e’en then to pray,
For the Wesleyan, dear Wesleyan.

Presidential Mace

The Presidential Mace was created by Lindsborg artist, David Anderson. It is a symbol of the legal and chartered authority of the President, to whom the Trustees have delegated authority. 权杖是一种仪式性的标志,代表着一种荣誉,一位杰出的教职员工在大学的活动中携带权杖. 当不用于十大赌博平台排行榜的正式仪式时,它就陈列在总统办公室里.

KWU Fight Song

Let’s give a big “HOO-RAY” for Wesleyan,

We’ve got the winningest team in the land.

Let’s give a big “O-KAY!” for Wesleyan,

We’re gonna be number one if we can.

We’re gonna Fight! Fight! Fight!

You can really rely,

Fight! Fight! Fight! On to V-I-C-T-O-R-Y.

Let’s give a big “HOO-RAY” for Wesleyan,

We’re gonna win a victory!

Bolen Coyote

当Salinan Pat Bolen在服务多年后于2010年夏天离开十大赌博平台排行榜基金会董事会时, he decided to leave a lasting symbol in memory of his father, Dan.

2010年10月10日,星期一,十大赌博平台排行榜为纪念丹·博伦献上了一只铜狼. the location, south of the Memorial Library, will be known as “Coyote Corner”. 

Dan Bolen attended KWU from 1920-22. 虽然他后来转学到堪萨斯大学,但他对我校的支持仍在继续. Over the years, Pat and Dan Bolen would attend numerous Coyote football games, and Pat would even sneak into King Gymnasium to play pick-up games of basketball.

Pat Bolen never attended Kansas Wesleyan, but through his father’s example, he has continued a legacy of support and service to KWU.


Anyone who passes by the Coyote is said to receive good luck if they rub his nose.

Historic Campus Buildings

  • Lockwood Hall(1886—1959)

The first building on campus, Lockwood Hall, was completed on September 15, 1886 allowing Kansas Wesleyan to open its doors for the first time. The city of Salina donated 15 acres and $26,000 while the rest of the money for the project was secured through donations. The initial three story structure contained class rooms, laboratories, a chapel, a museum, a hall for literary societies and the president’s room. In 1921, the building was relocated at a cost of $40,000 to make room for the new administration building. On June 6, 1922 a service of dedication was held in memory of Rev. J.H. Lockwood, pioneer founder of KWU and on its first board of trustees, and the building was renamed in his honor. The building was used for Liberal Arts until construction was completed for Pioneer Hall. Lockwood Hall then housed the Division of Music and Art until it was demolished in 1959.

  • KW Business College (1892—1935)
  • Schuyler Hall (1904—1966)

In 1904 construction began on a women’s residence hall estimated to cost around $12,000. Every aspect of the project, including labor and materials, was associated with a donor. In September of 2004, 学生们开始搬进这栋楼,尽管四层楼中只有两层完工. At its completion, Schuyler Hall contained 50 large student rooms, a dining room with accommodation for 200 and reception and library rooms. The total cost of the project, including surrounding infrastructure, totaled $17,000. The new women’s residence hall was dedicated in honor of Dr. Aaron Schuyler, the university’s second president. The dining hall was dedicated in honor of Mr. F.D. Kimble, a generous donor.

  • Carnegie Science Hall (1908 — 1979)

这个迫切需要的科学大厅的建设是由有条件的捐赠. Andrew Carnegie in the amount of $25,000. 他规定,十大赌博平台排行榜必须筹集同等数额的资金,并清除所有未偿还的赤字. The cornerstone was laid on November 15, 1908. 这座三层砖砌建筑的顶部是一个天文台圆顶,里面装有一台12英寸的反射望远镜. The first and second floors of the building contained four large recitation rooms, lab and apparatus rooms and teachers offices. The third floor was temporarily revised for the university’s library and museum. The building stood strong until 1979.

  • King Gymnasium (1916—1987)

A ground breaking ceremony was held on October 15, 1914 for the new gym on campus. 这一建筑之所以成为可能,很大程度上要归功于迪恩·金和他的一群专业同事的努力. The group was able to secure $14,000 in cash and pledges for the project. After numerous delays the cornerstone was laid on October 2, 1915. The building was completed and dedicated to King in 1916. The estimated value of the building was $35,它被许多人认为是当时堪萨斯州最好的体育设施之一. The structure stood proudly until 1987, when it was razed due to structural damage stemming from a fire in 1979.

  • TW Roach President’s House (1909—1966)
  • Pioneer Hall & Sams Chapel (1922—present)

Construction for the new administration building, officially known as the Hall of the Pioneers, 始建于1921年,原行政大楼迁至校园西南角. Much of the framework for the new building was completed by 1923. 1924年3月29日,奠基仪式在一个时间胶囊的沉淀下举行. Members of the community grew frustrated by the lengthy construction project, so a campaign was launched by local professionals with the goal of raising $50,000. Thanks to a generous donation of $25,000 by E.C. Sams, the president and chairman of the board of J.C. Penney, the $50,000 was raised by 1925. On May 30, 1926 Sams Chapel was dedicated in honor of E.C. Sams’ parents. The project was finished in late 1929, allowing for spring classes to take place in the building during 1930. The dedication and celebration of the completed Hall of the Pioneers, for all of the pioneers who gave their time and funds to maintain the university, took place on September 14, 1930.

  • JW Bean Memorial Wishing Well (1928—present)
  • Glenn Martin Stadium(1940—2014)

Glenn L. 马丁体育场是十大赌博平台排行榜(Kansas Wesleyan University)的主场,从1940年正式命名到2014年初拆除,为新的体育中心让路. The old stadium was one of many Works Projects Administration (WPA) projects in Kansas.

马丁体育场从1983年开始在灯光下举办夜间比赛,直到2006年10月结束. 从1978年开始到2013年秋季,这座体育场和使用良好的场地也是圣心高中橄榄球队的主场.

Glenn Martin 1933 Visit for KWU Honor – Salina Journal

Glenn Martin 1940 Advance Story

Glenn Martin Biography and Obituary

  • Memorial Library(1947—present)

Prior to 1948, the Kansas Wesleyan library was housed in Carnegie Hall. The cornerstone for Memorial Library was laid in 1948, 这座建筑是献给所有在第二次世界大战中丧生的堪萨斯卫斯理学生和家庭的. Today, the library is home to over 60,000 book volumes, over 9,500 journals and magazines, hundreds of DVDs and tens of thousands of electronic books and magazines.

  • Pfeiffer Hall (1951—present)
  • Sams Hall of Fine Arts (1952—present)
  • South Hall Apartments (1957—present)
  • North Hall Apartments (1958—present)
  • Highland House (1966—present)
  • Greek Hall (1966—1969)
  • Independence Hall (1966—1969)
  • Frederick Conrad Peters Science Hall (1969—present)
  • Fieldhouse (1969—2013)
  • Wesley Hall (1969—present)
  • Muir Gymnasium (1979—present)
  • Hauptli Student Activity Center (2006—present)
  • Mabee Arena (2006—present)