Summary: Associated Students, et. al.: March 13, 2012
Over the past several weeks, I have held several conversations with key administrators on campus about a unique
opportunity and moment in our history regarding the future of a critical structure on our campus. For some time, I have
anecdotally noticed a sense that many students and student groups are generally indifferent to or unsatisfied with the
current business-model, function, and purpose of the building now known as the UCen. I say "now known as..."
because wea coalition of students, staff, faculty, and administratorsare currently in the beginning stages of
exploring the possibility of re-modeling, re-functioning, and re-purposing the University Center into something that is
geared more toward students in what could potentially become a Student Union.
Because the success of this project is predicated on garnering student input as possible to see this endeavor result in a
Student Union that works for students, I am eliciting a wide base of student input. I am particularly interested in getting
a sense of what those students and student groups who currently utilize the UCen and UCen II buildings (commonly
referred to as the MCC) have to say about all of this. Some questions to consider:
-What currently works and does not work in the current University Center?
-What would you like to see in a revised Student Union?
-What are your thoughts on housing the entities described in the Student Engagement Center (SEC)a preventative
wellness center, more extended hours study space and computer lab, more space for Associated Students entities that
currently do not have space or occupy temporary space, and more resource centers for emerging student communities
(such as student-veterans, former foster-youth, non-resident/international students, and DREAM Scholars)as part of
a revised Student Union?
I recognize that it's a challenging time in the academic calendar to convene a conversation surrounding the issue, but