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Roberts Wesleyan celebrates grand opening of the Golisano Community Engagement Center 

Roberts Wesleyan celebrates grand opening of the Golisano Community Engagement Center 

A grand opening was held Monday afternoon for the $13.9 million Golisano Community Engagement Center at Roberts Wesleyan University that will serve as a hub for connection, community interaction and student life resources on campus. 

Campus leaders, community partners and friends of the university celebrated the grand opening of the $13.9 million Golisano Community Engagement Center. (submitted photo)

“Today is an exciting day and marks an important milestone moment in our community,” said Deana L. Porterfield, university president. “The Golisano Community Engagement Center has been greatly needed and anticipated for years, so to finally be opening the building for use by our students and community is a dream come true.”  

The 26,167-square-foot, two-story center reflects Roberts Wesleyan’s deeply rooted spiritual and community ties, serving as the first building on campus to provide centralized space for both students and the community to gather and interact.  

Among the first-floor amenities are inclusive areas for learning and recreational activity, including a gaming lounge and study spaces for students.  

Palmer’s Place, a grab-and-go-style café named after Dwight M. (Kip) and Amy Palmer, fifth-generation owners of Rochester-based Palmer Family of Companies, are also located on the first floor among offices for Student Life and Spiritual Life and the Rinker Conference Hall named in honor of the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Foundation. 

The second floor houses the Offices for Career Development and International Engagement alongside a prayer chapel, commuter lounge, a forensic laboratory and the Clugston Innovation Conference Room.  

The second story will also function as a workplace for Roberts Wesleyan’s custom training and certificate programs offered through the Community Institutes.  

Roberts Wesleyan broke ground on the Golisano Community Engagement Center in May 2021 and selected SWBR and Home Leasing to lead the design, architecture and construction of the building. Richard Greer, director of facilities at Roberts Wesleyan, served as the project manager on behalf of the university. 

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