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Apr 2, 2012
by Staff

Flagler looking to build on first impressions with new Admissions and Financial Aid center

Flagler College has begun construction on a new 12,000-square-foot, $3.8–million building that will serve as the college’s Admissions and Financial Aid center — the first point of contact for prospective students.

Flagler College President William T. Abare Jr., Ed.D., joined faculty and the Board of Trustees on Oct. 26 to break ground on Hanke Hall, which will be located on Cordova Street across from Kenan Hall.

“We recognize that students have a wide array of colleges from which they may choose, and we believe that it is important for us to make a good first impression on prospective students and their families,” Abare said, adding many small colleges like Flagler have begun recognizing the importance of welcome centers in their student recruitment programs.

“Dr. Abare speaks very frequently about the importance of enrollment to a college funded almost solely by tuition revenue,” said Marc Williar, vice president of enrollment management. “The addition of Hanke Hall will enable us to not only continue to meet and exceed enrollment goals, but to improve our operation and strive to achieve even more ambitious goals and objectives.”

Williar believes the new facility will also help Flagler better compete for prospective students.

The facility is being named after Board of Trustees member Col. G. F. Robert Hanke, USMC (Ret.)

“Col. Hanke expressed an interest in this project soon after he joined the board,” Abare said. “He recognized the importance of the building to our student recruitment program, and decided to make a major gift to help pay for the construction of the facility.”

As for Wiley Hall, the college’s current admissions center, Flagler’s director of Business Services and Campus Planner Larry Weeks says upon the completion of Hanke Hall, plans are to move the Registrar’s office to the first floor of Wiley Hall and renovate the second floor for faculty offices.

Hanke Hall is expected to be finished in July.

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