STEVENS POINT – The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has begun construction on a new Welcome Center at Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue, home of the former Newman Center.

The building, funded by the UWSP Foundation and several individuals and businesses, will be used by the admissions and recruitment office to welcome visitors, prospective students and their families.

“Campus visits remain a crucial component of the college search process for prospective students and parents,” said Marc Young, director of admissions and recruitment, in a news release. “A Welcome Center in the heart of campus will give our visitors a great first impression of Pointer culture and help create a memorable experience as they explore academic facilities, residential living and student activities.”

The design includes a number of technology features, including an interactive screen in the reception area and five meeting rooms with communication connectivity.

Plans for a fall opening will be announced as the project progresses.