|January 23, 2007
From: Laura Harris, Director of Media Relations
(318) 342-5447, email@example.com
ULM marks official opening of SUB
The University of Louisiana at Monroe held its grand opening of the Student Union Building (SUB) and Student Center this morning. Approximately 350 faculty, staff, students, and friends of the University turned out to tour the newly-renovated multi-purpose facility.
“This is another in a long series of grand openings here at ULM in the last few years,” said ULM President James E. Cofer, Sr. “We are pleased that we can offer our students, faculty and staff top-notch facilities.”
Cofer, along with Student Government Association president Rob Carroll and Campus Activities Board representative Micah Pulliam, delivered praise and thanks to the many entities involved in the project.
“One of the things I said in my inaugural address is that I have three priorities at this institution,” continued Cofer. “They are to the current students, the former students, and the future students. This building represents all of those wrapped into one.”
Cofer made a special presentation to Mrs. Yvonne Anderson during the ceremonies. Anderson was the first female Student Council president of then Northeast Junior College in 1945-46. Anderson was presented with a framed photo of the Student Council from the 1946 Chachahoula.
Carroll addressed the involvement of the student body in the details of the building’s completion and expressed the gratitude of a new home for the Offices of Student Life and Leadership, Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Student Services and Judicial Affairs.
Pulliam presented the 75th Anniversary Time Capsule to be opened at the University’s Centennial celebration in 2031. The time capsule includes memorabilia from the 75th Anniversary celebration, fact books on the university, and a scroll signed by the faculty, staff and students in 2006.
The $7 million project will become the focal point for student-oriented activities on campus. The SUB and Student Center contains a large ballroom, a commuter and non-traditional student lounge, a Faculty Club, meeting rooms, and quiet rooms for studying. The renovated Food Court hosts a variety of cuisine choices, including Subway, Java City, Chick-Fil-A, and Freshen’s.