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Sept. 17 , 2004
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

New Student Center groundbreaking highlights event-filled day at EMU Sept. 21

YPSILANTIThe Board of Regents meeting, the ground breaking for the new Student Center, a presidential meeting with student government and the grand opening of Service EMU will keep the EMU campus community busy Tuesday, Sept. 21.

The day begins with committee meetings for the Board of Regents. Meetings include student affairs, finance and audit, educational policies, and faculty affairs. The regular board meeting begins at noon in 201 Welch. For more information, go to www.emich.edu/univcomm/regents/borschedule.html

Service EMU, the new one-stop shop for students - which combines the services of financial aid, records and registration and student business services - will have its grand opening from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in McKenny Union.

The campus community can witness history at 3 p.m., near the North Parking Lot, as student leaders, the Student Center advisory group, Regents and Interim President Craig Willis break ground on the new Student Center.

“This is a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and the community to witness and get involved with what’s happening here at EMU,” said Pam Young, director of University Communications.

The student center will be approximately 180,000 square feet and cost approximately $39 million. It will house student services, including: Greek life, VISION Community Service, Commuter Central, student government, diversity programs, Service EMU, the office of international students and a welcome center.

The new Student Center also will have a marketplace and restaurants, a computer lab and store, a fireplace lounge,  an expanded bookstore, retail shops, an auditorium, meeting rooms, a Grand ballroom and University art gallery. It is slated for completion in late fall 2006.

The day concludes at 6:30 p.m. in the First Year Center in the Phelps-Sellers Residence Hall, where President Willis will meet with student senators and residence hall association members to discuss issues and see how students are settling in for the fall.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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