With new construction dotting the Midwestern State campus, the university continues to grow to meet the demands of today’s students. You will also want to visit some of these unique, campus landmarks.
The Hardin Administration Building was the first structure built on the present-day campus in 1937. In 1952 President James Boren was inspired when he heard carillon bells at another college. Our bells were cast and lifted into the tower that same year. The Redwine Carillon, housed in the tower, is comprised of 37 bells. The bells play the Westminster chime every quarter-hour and strike the hour on the hour.
Sikes Lake, located on south campus, features a milelong trail that is utilized by the Wichita Falls community. Relax, take a jog, walk the dogs, feed the ducks or go fishing. New to the area is the Priddy Pavilion at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU. Enjoy musical or theater groups as part of the museum’s Live at the Lake summer concert series.
The Quadrangle with Bolin Fountain is the central hub of the university and a popular gathering place for the student body. Mr. and Mrs. Phil Bolin believed that the beautification of the campus was of the utmost importance and provided the funding for the construction of the fountain.
The Dome, aka D.L. Ligon Coliseum, is home to MSU Athletics. While in Wichita Falls, you will want to take in one of the many athletic events at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. If you’ve never experienced Dome Magic, don’t miss your opportunity. During the summer, several programs offer camps for all ages. To learn more about MSU athletics, call 940.397.4779.
Sikes House is the official residence of the university’s president. The home was built between July 1939 and November 1940 by Mr. Louis Sikes, an oilman and rancher. Wooden moldings around doorways and windows in the formal areas were hand-crafted on site from Washington State timber. Besides the hand-crafted woodwork, two of the home’s most striking interior features are found in the foyer: an eighteen-foot window on the south wall and a helical staircase.
The university purchased the property in 1970. Since 1974, the home has served as the president’s private residence and as the site of official receptions and dinners hosted by the president.
The Clark Student Center is the community center of the campus. Here you can eat delicious, healthy food at the Mesquite Dining Hall or Sundance Food Court. The food court includes Burrito Bowl and Chick-fil-A. Visit the bookstore, enjoy the recreation room, study in the atrium, or work on a paper in the computer lab. The CSC also serves as a conference center that can be utilized by the Wichita Falls community.
Located between Sikes Lake and the residence halls, the Student Wellness Center features more than 50 cardio machines, plenty of free weights and weight machines, and an indoor track. Students also enjoy classes in the state-of-the-art group fitness rooms, the fully equipped gymnasium, and the outdoor pool area.