|[December 03, 2013]
Amid the Buzz and Excitement of Homecoming, University of Miami Dedicated Its Student Center Complex
CORAL GABLES, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
Inside the newsroom of The Miami Hurricane, Erika Glass, the student
newspaper's multimedia editor, was about to sit down in front of her
computer to hammer out a story for the next edition. "What I like about
our new space in the Student Activities Center, is that it's a true
newsroom," said Glass. "It's allowed us to be much more productive and
Not far from her publication's second-floor office, students sat at
tables outside the renovated Whitten University Center, some of them
talking with classmates, others reading textbooks, or enjoying an
And over on the Foote Green, students joined alumni and employees in
taking pictures in front of the 7-foot-tall U Statue that has become one
of the most recognized landmarks on campus.
As they have since the beginning of the fall 2013 semester, the
components of the University of Miami's Student Center Complex buzzed
with activity. But what made the day special was that the UM
community-from administrators and trustees to alumni, donors, and
students-gathered for the official dedication of the complex that Vice
President for Student Affairs Patricia Whitely described as
"Today, we recognize an age-old notion that a dream can become a
reality," Whitely said at the ceremony, which took place on November 7
inside the SAC's third-floor grand ballrooms with more than 400 in
attendance-some of them in town for the Univesity annual Alumni Weekend
and Homecoming activities.
For some in the audience, it was their first time seeing the sprawling
Student Center Complex, the crown jewel of which is the
119,000-square-foot Student Activities Center.
"More than any other building on campus, the Student Activities Center
is the house that 'Canes built," said UM President Donna E. Shalala.
"It's allowed us to become a true residential campus…and it is a
building about people and for people."
A $20 million lead gift from the Fairholme Foundation, as well as a 2006
referendum in which students voted overwhelmingly to impose a fee on
themselves, made the center possible. Other gifts funded everything from
student organization suites to a patio and terrace.
For the full release, visit: http://www.miami.edu/index.php/news/releases/amid_the_buzz_and_excitement_of_homecoming_um_dedicates_its_student_center_complex/
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