After more than 10 years of being relegated to a small corner office on the third floor of the Memorial Student Union Building, the Student Activities Department is beginning to make preliminary plans that would ensure a more adequate working environment for faculty and staff.
However, the move to a larger location does not benefit only coordinators.
Erin McClure, director of Student Activities, spoke with The South Texan about some of the positive aspects of the move. She said it would provide a better life on campus for students, groups, and associations.
The new building is located next to the Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children off of Santa Gertrudis Boulevard. McClure says the building will be divvied up into two primary sections.
“The front space is going to be for our coordinators. That’s going to be for professional staff and our student worker’s space,” she noted. The Student Activities director also said that a conference room would be shared for staff meetings, but could also be utilized bystudent organizations.
The rear portion of the facility, with over 2,000 square feet of open space, is to be entirely for the students.
“We plan to do a multi-purpose room,” said McClure.
“We’re going to get some furniture for students, just to hang out in there. We’re also going to have some tables and chairs for organizations if they have to meet informally or if they want to reserve that space for one night,” said McClure. With the ample space allotted, McClure says the area can also be used to provide live programming via a mini-stage with a maximum capacity of 100 people.
While the plans are still in their infantile state, McClure’s goal is to have landscaping done and to have the building open by mid to late March. Matthew Soles, Coordinator of Greek Life & Special Events, says offerings have already been brought forth by several organizations. “Greek Life is in communication with our office, the Dean of Students, and Physical Plant because they would like to be considered for donating trees, possible park benches and/or picnic tables, or possibly fixing up the current run-down basketball court,” said Soles. “Our Greek community definitely wants to be hands-on and have an area specific that they can donate to, giving back to our University.”
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