Thursday, October 04, 2012

[92] McPhee, MTSU invite public to Sept. 19 grand opening of Student Union Building

For release:  Sept. 14, 2012

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MURFREESBORO — MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and the entire university are inviting the public to attend the ribbon cutting and official opening of the Student Union Building.

The event will be held starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, outside the main entrance with the revolving door and faces west toward the courtyard and College of Education Building.

 “We have a wonderful new Student Union Building and are excited to showcase it to the public,” McPhee said. “Our students truly are enjoying this great facility. We want our alumni and friends of the university to celebrate this moment with us as we officially observe the opening the facility, and also enjoy it for years to come.”

Parking will be available in a lot north of the Student Union Building next to Blue Raider Drive and near Greenland Drive.

Since the building opened Aug. 24, the 840-seat ballroom has been completely furnished, as have the game room, 95-seat theater and Blue Raider Grille restaurant.
Also, the Centennial history bands now are engraved with the names of past Student Government Association presidents and university history.

In the event of rain, the event will move inside to the ballroom.

The three-story building cost nearly $65 million. It is nearly 211,000 square feet in size and its length is one-and-a-half football fields (150 yards).

The first floor features Phillips Bookstore, six new food-service venues, a 640-seat food court and casual-dining restaurant.

In addition to the ballroom and theater, the building’s second floor includes the SGA’s 84-seat parliamentary room, a formal meeting and dining area, a collaborative computer center and more.

The third floor includes offices for the SGA, Student Unions, Student Programming, Student Organizations and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

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The new Student Union Building has become the new home and gathering place for MTSU students. The public is invited to the Sept. 19 grand opening. (MTSU Creative and Visual Services photo by J. Intintoli)



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