Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Opening of Center for Student Involvement

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 2, 2005 – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today to celebrate the opening of the new Center for Student Involvement at Southeast Missouri State University.

The Center, located on the second floor of the University Center, offers an open, student-friendly office space that houses Student Government, Student Activities Council, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Pan-Hellenic Council, Emerging Leaders, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Omega, the student representative to the Board of Regents and the Student Judicial Advocate.

The 5,759-square-foot area, which encompasses 13 offices and has a modern look and feel to it, also features a computer bar – a long counter, where laptop computers with wireless connections may be used, and a conference room.

The Center brings together Southeast’s student organizations into one centralized location. In the past, offices were scattered across a number of locations on campus. Southeast officials say the design of the new center is a result of significant student input.

“I couldn’t be more pleased about the completed space,” said Michele Irby, director of the University Center. “It contains all of the functional elements that students requested during our focus groups while still maintaining a contemporary feel. Bringing all of these student organizations’ offices into one space has allowed us to create a working community of key student leaders. This is of great benefit to the entire student body of Southeast.”

An interior design class at Southeast taught by Michelle Brune, assistant professor of human environmental studies, designed the space.

“We actually had the student body vote on their favorite design, and then we used it to create the space,” Irby said. “It was a great hands-on learning opportunity for the students in that class.”

Architectural work on the Center was done by Southeast’s Facilities Management. HVAC and mechanical work was done by Associated Sheet Metal. Total cost of the interior work was $880,000.