Over one hundred donors, alumni, university friends, students, faculty and staff gathered at the J.M. Long Student Lounge for the official blessing and dedication of the new facility on the University campus on Thursday, March 25th, 2010. Located on the first floor of Brennan Hall, the new facility has revitalized the campus and has quickly become the hub of HNU student life and academic activities.
The Student Center campaign to renew the first floor of Brennan Hall started in the spring of 2008. Thanks to the generosity of loyal donors HNU raised over $1.81 million towards funding the transformative project. Construction of the new space began immediately after spring 2009 commencement and transferred the hall into a 15,800 square-foot, full service Student Center with upgraded classrooms, faculty offices, wireless lounge space and a new advanced HEDCO Technology Support Center.
The new Center’s combination of academic areas and student services such as the Learning and Tutoring Center, Career and Health Center and the Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning ensures that all HNU students benefit from resources that are essential to their success and empowerment. A major component of the new space is the HEDCO Technology Support Center (TSC). The TSC has transformed the campus technology environment by providing space for multi-platform technology while also consolidating campus computer services and furthering students’ access to mobile computer technology. The dedication ceremony was an auspicious occasion and featured a brief program in which Sr. Rosemarie and attending luminaries, Trustee Ronald Rosequist, Chair of the Advancement Committee Jim Kelly, Rev Paul Vassar, and student speaker Anitra McCain, reflected on the importance of the new Center to the University’s mission to develop transformative leaders within a supportive and rigorous academic environment rooted in the catholic intellectual tradition. Prior to the formal program, attendees enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres and had the opportunity to tour the new facility. Thank you to all the generous donors and community members that contributed and helped to make the new Student Center a reality for the HNU community.