Conferences and Meetings

Host your next conference or meeting on the Wesleyan College campus. From elegantly appointed parlors suitable for the most prestigious board meeting to high tech conference spaces, Wesleyan can accommodate all of your business needs.

Our central Georgia location is ideal for meetings, reunions, special events, camps, and conferences. The picturesque setting of our historic campus and North Macon location convenient to I-475 are an unrivaled combination. On-site catering, expertly provided by Aramark Food Services, can accommodate anything from a simple coffee and pastries bar to casual themed buffets or elegant seated dinners.  We recommend the spaces listed below for business meetings and conferences, although please call to discuss the full range of our facility offerings.

 

Olive Swann Porter Student Life Center

Olive Swann Porter Student Life Center is a memorial to the wife of benefactor James Hyde Porter, a trustee of Wesleyan College for many years. Mr. Porter furnished the beautiful foyer in 1942 to his exact specifications. Lovely antiques and paintings from Wesleyan's extensive collections can be found throughout the building. An impressive new lobby area, added in 2000, encompasses the three levels of the Olive Swann Porter Center and creates a grand entrance. At the main floor level, visitors have easy access to the Burden Parlor, Hurdle Café, Manget Dining Room, and Anderson Dining Hall. The lower level houses Trice Conference Room, Campus Store, ATM, print shop, post office, and rest rooms. One of the most distinctive additions to the building is the portico that extends from the ground floor lobby out to the fountain area. The portico not only lends beauty to the building but also provides a perfect location for outdoor events.

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Trice Conference Room

Trice Conference Room, located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, offers 2250 sq. ft. with a room divider. The space seats 52 classroom style; 80 theater style. This versatile space can accommodate set up in any style desired, and features slender 4 ft. tables with comfortable arm chairs for every participant.  A roomy stage adds to the possibilities offered by Trice.

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Manget Dining Room

Manget Dining Room, located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, offers1280 sq. ft. and table seating for 70 to 80.  This elegant room is perfect for luncheons, dinners, board meetings, and receptions. Permanent tables and chairs may be arranged to suit. Tables may be moved to the walls, allowing for a mini-trade show set up or theater style seating. Exquisitely furnished and decorated, its focal point is the handsome 18th-century Waterford crystal chandelier and sconces from the Callanwolde House of Atlanta, a gift of Mrs. Charles Howard Candler, Sr.

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Anderson Dining Hall

Anderson Dining Hall, located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, offers nearly 5,000 sq. ft and seats 300-400.  Dine or meet by chandelier in this magnificent room, which is available for use as meeting space when school is out of session. Meal functions may be hosted in this room before or after its regular dining hall hours during the school year with special permission. The stately Anderson Dining Hall is distinguished by the vaulted ceiling, large arched windows, and unusual matching mantels graced with landscape murals. The windows open on the adjacent beautiful, columned Mount Vernon Porch, which also offers unique dining and reception options.

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Hurdle Café

Hurdle Café, located in the Olive Swann Porter Student Center, seats 70 at tables, sofas, and easy chairs. This cozy cafe is a perfect space for one-on-one meetings in a casual setting or coffee breaks for larger groups, as it offers a large selection of coffees, pastries and specialty drinks. The Hurdle Café, dedicated in 2001 to the College Chaplain, William Hurdle, is open extended hours. A popular place for students to gather, the Café offers grill and specialty items. French doors open to the Olive Swann Porter lobby from the front and to the Anderson Dining Hall on the side.


Peyton Anderson Amphitheatre

Peyton Anderson Amphitheatre, located in Taylor Hall, offers seating for 160.  A mid-size lecture hall with comfortable convertible desk/chairs, the amphitheatre is equipped with the latest smart board computer and AV equipment.

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Oval Hall

Oval Hall, located in the Candler Alumnae Building, will accommodate nearly 300 guests and serves as an elegant ballroom space for wedding receptions, black tie galas, or formal seated dinner parties. Designed by renowned architect Phillip Shutze, the Candler Alumnae Building is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture. Originally Wesleyan's library, the building was renovated in 1971 as the Candler Alumnae Center and currently houses the offices of Alumnae Affairs and Institutional Advancement. Upstairs, the former library reading room was transformed into a ballroom/banquet room now known as the Oval Hall. It has been the site of alumnae reunions and inaugural balls, concerts and luncheons. Completely restored in 1998, Oval Hall boasts ornate moldings, parquet flooring, and enormous windows that fill the space with natural light.

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Benson Room

Benson Room, located in the Candler Alumnae Building, offers 1655 sq. ft. and seats 75 theater style. One of the campus' most fascinating rooms with its memorabilia-filled glass cabinets. Benson is ideal for seminars, business meetings, or musical performances. Bonuses include a grand piano and French doors, which open to the Candler lobby for coffee breaks or refreshments. Many artifacts from Wesleyan's past are on display in the Benson Room, named for Wesleyan's first graduate, Catherine Elizabeth Brewer (Benson) of the class of 1840. In the cases are early diplomas, articles of clothing belonging to former students, and yearbooks going back to the turn of the century.

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Porter Auditorium

Porter Auditorium, located in the Porter Family Fine Arts Building, seats 1129 (802 main floor, 317 balcony). One of the finest theaters in central Georgia, Porter is perfect for large-scale presentations, theatrical productions, pageants, dance and musical performances, seminars and meetings of all kinds.  A large pre-function area is available for gathering and/or breaks with refreshments. Acoustically exquisite, the auditorium is equipped with: full-size Steinway concert grand piano; 72-rank Goodwyn-Candler-Panoz Organ; 12 channel mixing board/amplifier; 32 channel, 2 scene pre-set lighting controller; 16' x 16' front projection screen; rear loading platform access to the freight elevator, which opens directly into the second floor backstage; 40 ft. wide stage with additional 12 ft. wing space and dressing room on each side; 35 ft. total stage depth from apron edge to back wall (25 ft. curtain line to rear.)

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Residence Halls

Wesleyan's seven residence halls provide a range of choices for comfortable, convenient lodging arrangements for campers and other overnight guests. Each security-controlled building is fully air-conditioned, heated, and computer-networked, with visitor lounges, study parlors, laundry, and vending areas, and a computer printer on each floor. Every room is wired for high-speed internet access and extended basic cable service is available in each room as well. Other amenities such as irons, ironing boards, and kitchens equipped with a stove, refrigerator, and microwave, are also provided. Most residential camps are housed in Wortham, Hightower, and/or Jones Hall. Accommodations include 12.4' x 17' suite-style rooms with every two rooms sharing a bathroom. Many rooms also include a vanity area.