Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity - Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL - Campaign

Renovation Campaign

News From Alumni Board: Horn Mansion Renovation Underway!

Mark Dempsey: House Corps President

It’s been 30 long years since the Horn Mansion was renovated, and our historic home is showing its age especially when compared to modern student housing available in Macomb and WIU. This isn’t a story of neglect or envy for something nicer. In our case, a fresh coat of paint, new carpeting and furniture, won’t fix underlying mechanical and moisture issues, or negate the need to install state mandated sprinklers as soon as 2019. Because our fraternity home generates the bulk of our annual revenue, and is the face of our fraternity to the community and new members, something must be done and soon before our profitability and recruiting program suffer. We’ve conservatively estimated that over 500 brothers have lived at the chapter house since the last major renovation in the 1980s. Check out the Alumni Facebook page to see construction highlights!

Construction Plan:

  • Undergraduates and alumni have provided input over past three years
  • Klingner & Associates contracted for design and oversight
  • Trotter Construction of Macomb is general contractor
  • Renovation costs are 60% less than building new
  • Capacity of 40 to 42 men will remain consistent
  • $1.5 million budget equates to $150 per square foot
  • 6-month construction timeline

See campaign brochure (below) for specific feature and design information

Capital Campaign Underway!

  • Volunteers “quietly” fundraising since June 2015
  • Early gifts – just 128 - account for 60% of Phase 1 and 2 construction goals!
  • General Campaign - dubbed Operation Brotherhood - launched at Founders Day to all brothers

See current donor roster (below) for campaign tally and names of brothers supporting the project

Download project materials here, including:

Visit the "Gallery" tab for demolition photos!

For more information, contact:

Mark Dempsey ‘85, House Corp President: 217-430-0338,

Jeff Adkisson ‘82, Campaign Chair: 217-652-7875,

Carl Luebchow ‘82, Operation Brotherhood Chair: 630-248-2841,

Justin Dikeman ‘05, Campaign Coordinator: 765-577-1388,

Brian Yung ‘94, Campaign Treasurer: 309-337-0590,

Members of the Campaign Committee also include: Clint Allaman ‘93, Mark Howard ‘83, Larry Huffman ‘65, Rock Katschnig ‘73, Bryon Kirwan ‘77, Lyle Kreps '63, Ted Lee ‘94, Gerry Salzman ‘68, Todd Steinacher ‘04, Wayne Whipps ‘73

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity
Alpha Tau Chapter
Western Illinois University
1010 North Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455

House Phone: 309.833.5596

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