Student Union updates near completion

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:20:00 PM

Last summer, the Student Union began receiving cosmetic updates to make it a more inviting, vibrant and engaging place for students. With students returning soon for the start of the spring semester, the work is nearly complete.

New Union

The first of several phases included painting the walls, ceiling and ductwork. In the second phase, new furniture, six flat-panel televisions, and an upgraded sound system were added. The computer stations at the west end of the space were removed in favor of those located in the nearby Library Information Commons. Soft seating will soon replace the computers. A ping-pong table has also been added.

In addition, the counter at The Bean was replaced with a more rounded version, and high stools were added for seating at the counter and nearby. This will create more space for students, faculty and staff who utilize The Bean and the Union as a whole.

“The Union is a unique space that allows students to enjoy their meals and hang out with friends without the usual restrictions of a formal dining hall,” said Stephanie Coker, president of the Student Government Association. “It is also one of the only spaces on campus where students, faculty and staff converge regularly.”

New Union 2

These upgrades were a collaborative effort of the Student Development unit and the Student Government Association (SGA). The project was paid for by a combination of SGA and student fees, and was led by Matt Goodwin, assistant dean of students.

The project is not considered part of the University’s master space plan. Additional changes to the Union will be considered as part of the master space planning process, which is expected to commence sometime this year.