Campus life begins move-in to new student center
YPSILANTI — The final steps of the seven-year journey to the new EMU Student Center began Thursday, Oct. 26. That’s when a handful of departments and services physically moved into their new space at the landmark facility, roughly double the size of McKenny Union. More offices will follow Monday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Nov. 1.
McKenny Union will then close its doors for renovation Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. and will remain closed until fall 2007. Then, on Monday, Nov. 6, the Student Center will be open for business at 11 a.m.
“It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting—and working so long and hard—for,” said Glenna Frank Miller, executive director of the EMU Student Center. “While two years have passed since the Sept. 2004 groundbreaking, planning for the Student Center began back in 1999. It would probably not be an exaggeration to say that a million decisions have been made for this project since then.”
Who’s Moving and When?
Most departments moved Oct. 26 from McKenny Union, while others are relocating later from sites across campus. The transport of furniture, equipment and files to the new center is being orchestrated by Diversified Property Services, which has broken the massive project down into three phases. Each phase has a specific move date:
Thursday. Oct. 26: Admissions Welcome Center, Event Planning Office, McKenny Union Administration and Custodial Services, Service EMU and Student Judicial Services.
Monday, Oct. 30: Academic Service Learning, Access Services, Campus Life, Commuter Central, some Dining and Catering Services, Diversity Programs, the Women’s Center, Center for Multicultural Affairs, LGBT Resource Center, New Student Programs, Office of International Services, Student Government, Student Organizations, the University Information Center, JumpStart/Community Involvement and Vision/Community Involvement.
Wednesday, Nov. 1: The Computer Store, remaining Dining and Catering Services, the Eagle Card Office and the EMU Ticket Office.
Staying in Touch During the Transition:
Since the Student Center will not open for business until Nov. 6, there will be a transition time (lasting from the designated move date until Nov. 6) during which the affected programs and services, and their staff will only be accessible by phone and e-mail. If possible, avoid calling these areas on their actual move dates.
“Phones and computers should be up and running the day after each department’s respective move date,” said Miller.
As with any monumental undertaking, the relocation of so many people and services to the new Student Center is likely to encounter a few bumps during the transition period.
“These final steps will require patience, understanding and even a bit of humor on the part of our members of the University community,” Miller said.
“The end result, however, will be worth all the hard work put into planning and implementation,” said Jim Vick, vice president for student affairs. “It’s exciting as we open the EMU Student Center, which ushers in a new era for our students, faculty, staff and the community.”
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