Students, faculty and staff all but ran into the University of Findlay’s new Center for Student Life and College of Business when offered a sneak peak of the facility during a private campus open house on Aug. 20. Expansive glass-enclosed spaces, comfortable gathering spots and impressive technological amenities wowed the crowd.
The center’s first business classes were held Monday, Aug. 21, which marks the start of the University’s regular fall semester. According to President Katherine Fell, Ph.D., a public open house will be held during UF’s Homecoming and Family Weekend in October, when the entire 75,000-square-foot building will be completed; workers are continuing to put the finishing touches on many of the primary areas such as the bookstore, food court and outdoor green space.
On Sunday, the project’s numerous donors were collectively thanked for their vital educational investments.
“No matter what your major is, remember, this is your building,” Fell told students during her address on the Marathon Petroleum Corporation patio on the south side. “We invite you to use it frequently and wisely. Many donors have sacrificed to make this building possible for all of us and for generations of Oilers to come.”
Fell specifically mentioned Sodexo, Inc., UF’s food service company that will be opening and operating the center’s highly-anticipated dining area and catering operation.
Rebecca Stricker, UF’s Student Government Association President, said the new building represents the level of encouragement and trust that donors have in UF students and their potential.
“As a student, it is extremely encouraging to know that we have people, via alumni, current and former employees, and businesses, who are willing to invest in our future and our experiences here at the University of Findlay,” Stricker said. “The opening of this building will give students new on-campus dining options, collaborative spaces designed with student leaders in mind, and innovative classrooms that provide students with interactive learning opportunities.”
“I believe that every student has been anxiously awaiting for the opening of this building since its construction started last spring, and we are glad the day is finally here.”
Fell expressed similar sentiments about the Center for Student Life and College of Business.
“It already looks gorgeous. You’re going to be impressed,” she said, before gathering with students to cut the ceremonial ribbon.