Student Center ribbon cutting attended by 200 students, faculty, staff

University officials foresee the L.A. Pittenger Student Center to become the gathering space for students as it was 60 years ago.

An enthused audience of almost 200 students, faculty and staff came together to celebrate the rededication of the building in a ceremony yesterday in the Student Center Tally.

Kay Bales, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, began the ceremony.

"The Student Center is once again the anchor for the south end of our campus," she said.

Following Bales' presentation were remarks from President Jo Ann Gora and Student Government Association President Beth Cahill.

Gora reflected on the Student Center renovation being a part of the Education Redefined plan in creating a more vibrant and energetic campus culture.

The Student Center renovations lasted 19 months.

"It's nice to see making such a difference on the south end of campus," Gora said.

Cahill said the changes from the renovations put students first and has brought with it an energy that makes student engagement more appealing.

"This building is what I imagined college life to be," she said.

A reception and self-guided tours followed the ribbon cutting and closing remarks from Bales.

Matt Whitlock, Student Government Association president-elect, said having the ceremony in the Tally showcased the anchor of the building.

He said the student offices being together on the first floor will hopefully result in more collaboration between student organizations.

Cara Luyster, assistant director of Student Life, said since the re-opening, the energy of the newly renovated facility has been more cheerful. She said she hopes the excitement and energy from the re-opening of the Student Center continues.

Lynda Wiley, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and director of Student Life, said she was pleased with the turnout at the ceremony.

"I hope it is packed everyday. The more it gets used the better," she said.

Opening and renovations on campus throughout the past six years:

  • Opening of Music Instruction Building, 2004
  • McKinley Avenue renovation, 2006
  • Scheumann Stadium renovation, 2007
  • Opening of the Letterman Building, 2007
  • Opening of Park Hall, 2007
  • Woodworth Dining renovation, 2007
  • Dehority and Ball Honors House renovation, 2009
  • Student Center renovation, 2010

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