NORMAL — A few Redbird alumni can deck their own hall with mementoes from former Illinois State University housing units and decommissioned residence halls.
Door knobs, mailbox doors and room or apartment numbers are available from Atkin-Colby, Hamilton-Whitten, Walker and Dunn-Barton residence halls in addition to the old Cardinal Court apartments.
“It’s holiday time and this is a special thing,” said Jamie Wood, assistant director of marketing for University Housing Services.
“We’ve heard from some people who are getting them as gifts for their old roommates.”
Dana Tuttle, who provides administrative support in the housing director’s office, said she also has heard from a woman whose “parents met here and she was getting it as a surprise for them.”
The door knobs from Atkin-Colby and Hamilton-Whitten are mounted on a 5-by-7 cherry wood plaque with an engraved plate and cost $100. Mailbox doors are $50 and room numbers are $25.
The entire amount from the mailbox doors and room numbers and $75 from the door knob sales will go to the University Housing Services Student Employee Scholarship fund.
“So many students who lived here worked here” as residence assistants, in food services or in other capacities, Wood said. “They connect with that (the scholarship fund), too.”
About $11,000 has been raised since the project started in June 2008 with items from Walker and Dunn-Barton halls, Wood said. Those buildings were torn down in 2008 and replaced by the Student Fitness and Kinesiology and Recreation Building.
More than 60 items from Atkin-Colby and Hamilton-Whitten, which were “decommissioned” this summer, were sold in the first two weeks they went on sale.
Wood said, “We let people know this was coming and took their names if they were interested.”
Tuttle said, “We had a lot of enthusiastic people at the open house. There were a lot of people sharing a lot of memories.”
Tuttle said the room numbers are the most popular item.
Not only are they the least expensive, Tuttle said, but “it’s easier for people to figure out what to do with them. Some told me they are going to make a shadow box,” combining the room numbers with photos or other memorabilia.
Wood said, “They look back fondly on their experience. … It’s one little way to remember that time in their life.”
How to order
Order forms are at www.housing.ilstu.edu. Orders received by Monday might arrive in time for Christmas, but delivery is not guaranteed.
You also can call Tuttle at 309-438-8611 or visit the Office of Residential Life Building on South University Street, east of Hamilton-Whitten Hall. Checks or money orders are accepted, but no credit cards.