On the go…WYSU, Foundation move into Melnick Hall

Tricia Perry, funding officer at WYSU, at the new offices in Melnick Hall.

Tricia Perry, funding officer at WYSU, at the new offices in Melnick Hall.

WYSU-FM and the YSU Foundation have new homes on Wick Avenue.

After 40 years in the basement of Cushwa Hall, WYSU has moved its offices and studios to the second floor of the recently renovated Melnick Hall on Wick Avenue.

“After several months of planning, fundraising and discussion, we are happy to be in our new space,” said Gary Sexton, WYSU director. “We are looking forward to many years of producing high-quality programming from our new home.”

Meanwhile, the Foundation has moved from Fok Hall, formerly Alumni House, across the street to the first floor of Melnick.

“The new offices are a wonderful addition to our operations as we continue to expand and upgrade our development activities on behalf of the university,” said Paul McFadden, Foundation president.

Melnick Hall was formerly the home to the Rose Melnick Medical Museum. Artifacts and displays from the museum are now housed in Cushwa Hall, home of the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services.

WYSU went on the air in 1969 with studios in the former Valley Park Motel on Wick Avenue. In 1976, the station moved into studios in the newly built Cushwa Hall. The station has nine employees.

The YSU Foundation has13 employees. In November 2014, the Foundation and the university reached an agreement that transferred all development functions to the Foundation. With more than $225 million in assets, the Foundation’s endowment is the largest of any of the public universities in Northeast Ohio, providing more than $7 million in scholarships for YSU students every year.