Normal School to Now
The outside of the building is little changed, but the inside of Wilson Hall has moved into the twenty-first century. A criminology class meets in the building where students have learned for more than a hundred years. This was the second building—after John Sutton Hall—constructed by what was Indiana Normal School. Named in honor of one of the school’s first trustees, it first was the Model School and later became the library. In its first decade, one of the scholars who studied in Wilson was movie actor James Stewart, a student at the Model School. This year marks the centenary of Stewart’s birth, an occasion to be marked by community celebrations in May.
Current and Complete
Faculty member Jamie Martin teaches a criminology class in one of four classrooms in the transformed Wilson Hall. A $4-million building renovation was finished in time to start the Spring semester. In addition to a host of infrastructure improvements, the building was reconfigured from twelve classrooms to the new arrangement—one that also affords space for Criminology Department faculty offices.