Great article on renovations and Dick Bittner sees our progress

In case you missed the wonderful article in the July 22 Quad-City Times on our northwest gateway renovations, I invite you to read it.

Deirdre Baker, education reporter for the paper, interviewed me, several architects and Mr. R. Richard (Dick) Bittner about our current projects, particularly the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center. He came to campus for his interview and I had the opportunity to give him a peek at our progress.

Special thanks to Dick Bittner for providing the signature gift that initiated this phase of campus improvements. I must admit it was a bit surreal to see these planned improvements underway and transforming the Palmer landscape we all knew, and to be side-by-side with the man who initiated our momentum.

Photo of Dr. Dennis Marchiori showing renovation work to Mr. R. Richard Bittner

Showing Dick Bittner progress on the transformation of the Alumni Auditorium into the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center.

Dick Bittner in front of what will become the R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center

Dick Bittner in front of the building that will be transformed and bear his name.