Southeastern dedicates Student Union project
Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: October 25, 2012
HAMMOND – With construction clanging in the background, Southeastern Louisiana University President John L. Crain on Wednesday (Oct. 24) dedicated the university's War Memorial Student Union enhancement project to the students who are making it possible.
"I give full credit to the student leaders who several years ago saw the need for a larger Student Union with more amenities," said Crain. "The leaders of the Student Government Association (SGA) worked with other student leaders during the 2006-07 year and passed a referendum that committed to this project."
Crain emphasized the tremendous amount of work that went into the planning of the new structure and how the students played integral roles in that process as well. He also cited the support of current and new tenants that will occupy the building, particularly Aramark and Follette Bookstore.
SGA President Branden Summers said the new structure is designed specifically for students' needs.
"It shows that students, indeed, have a say as to what happens on campus," he added.
A replica of a dedication plaque was unveiled at the event, which was attended by Southeastern students and officials, and representatives associated with the building partners.
The $32 million project is being funded primarily through a self-assessed student fee and revenues obtained from participating commercial providers that occupy space in the building. The project is expected to be completed in late 2014 and will add approximately 90,000 square feet of new construction and renovation of a similar area of the current structure.
PARDON THE DUST – Southeastern Louisiana University students and staff dedicated the construction of a new $32 million renovation and enlargement of the War Memorial Student Union Wednesday (Oct. 24). Phase I construction, which is scheduled to conclude in November 2013, occurs in the background.