Need a place to hang? Mizzou’s got you covered.
With nearly 230,000 square feet of space, the new Student Center at the corner of Hitt Street and Rollins Road offers plenty of places to spread out and chill — as well as a veritable mini-city of resources.
Hungry? Pick up coffee, lunch or sushi. Need books or a new laptop? Visit the MU Bookstore or Tiger Tech. Want to make a difference? Swing by the Center for Student Involvement. And if you’d rather just relax, study or chat with a friend, you can pick a spot on a comfy couch in one of three massive lounges.
Mizzou officially dedicated the new Student Center during the 2010 Homecoming festivities. Highlights of the happenings included a time capsule dedication, a tailgate party and a book signing by MU alumnus Mort Walker, creator of the comic strip Beetle Bailey. Walker is the inspiration for the Student Center's new Mort’s Grill located across from The Shack, a reincarnation of the famous hangout that burned down in 1988.
The new center has been built in phases, beginning in 2007. Phase 1 involved construction to the east of Brady Commons and was completed in 2009. Phase 2, which required demolition and renovation of the original Brady Commons, opened this semester.
The Student Center project cost $64 million. In 2005, students passed a referendum to increase student fees to fund nearly half of the construction. Revenue from auxiliary services, such as the University Bookstore and Campus Dining Services, covered the remaining 52 percent.
The new center is approximately twice the size of the original Brady Commons.
Take a peek inside!Source: Mizzou Wire
No matter when you graduated from Mizzou, the new MU Student Center’s Traditions Lounge can call up a memory for you. A committee of Mizzou Alumni Association volunteers had the nostalgic task of brainstorming a list of campus traditions past and present, several of which will be on permanent display. “Today’s students who visit the lounge will see how things have changed and yet remain the same,” says Dee Esry, BSN ’55, M Ed ’57, committee member and former association president.
The lounge, which contains a fireplace and upholstered seating, perches above an atrium containing five restaurants and a large dining area. It will be dedicated during Homecoming as part of two days of events dedicating the center.
Esry brought plenty of experience with traditions both old and new, to the committee. For instance, some traditions under consideration — Tiger Walk, Tiger Plaza — originated within the association during her presidency in 2000–01. Others — the Shack, the Stables — were emerging during her time as a student. Still others — the Columns, Homecoming — were entrenched long before Esry studied nursing and education at Mizzou. The traditions committee offered up the list of possibilities to Student Center planners, who fleshed out the details of the lounge.
Esry enjoyed her time on the committee. “You have a good feeling that you’ve helped preserve the traditions enshrined in that building,” she says. “The presentations will build curiosity in the students who see them. Maybe they’ll ask their parents and grandparents about them. That’s history, and history is part of what a university represents.”
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Over time, Brady Commons — designed decades ago as a student recreation stop — had gotten packed to the point of bursting with restaurants, a bookstore and dozens of student organizations, not to mention the bowling alley in the basement. In 2005, students voted to expand the facility for modern wants and needs. MU’s new Student Center opened Aug. 18 and will host two days of dedication festivities during Homecoming Week Oct. 21–22.
Half of the $63 million for the center comes from student fees and half from revenue generated by self-supporting student services on campus, such as residence halls and the bookstore. At 229,000 square feet, the center nearly doubles the size of the original commons (125,0000 square feet). That means lots of space for dining, studying, meetings, performances and student organizations, in addition to more windows, balconies and electrical outlets (for computers). The center also houses a bank, post office and copy center.Source: Mizzou Magazine
Sustainable car sharing program will start this fall.
Columbia, Mo. Did you know that a shared vehicle can remove 15 – 20 cars off the road? Students, faculty and staff can use the sharing program thanks to a partnership between the Missouri Students Association, the Graduate Professional Council (MSA/GPC), the Missouri Student Unions, MU Parking and Transportation and the MU Sustainability Office. WeCar® sharing offers an economical, convenient and environmentally friendly transportation alternative to owning a car.
WeCar® offers students, faculty and staff freedom and mobility without the hassles of owning a car. Two hybrid vehicles and two sedans will be available and conveniently located on the MU campus. Membership is $35 annually and reservations can be made online. Hourly weekday rates for sedans are $8 per hour and hybrids start at $9 per hour. Customers who are 18 -20 years of age are eligible to use this service but must have their own insurance.
“Bringing WeCar® to Mizzou will provide an important service to our students, especially those who are on-campus residents, and will allow them the freedom to go grocery shopping, run errands, etc.” said Dr. Jeff Zeilenga, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. “This program also supports MU’s sustainability initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, as well as relieve congestion and parking demand on campus.”
About WeCar®: Enterprise Holdings, headquartered in St. Louis, owns and operates the WeCar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car brands. WeCar car-sharing was piloted in 2007 as a natural extension of Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s business rental program. WeCar offers mostly hybrids and plug-in vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology’s speed, efficiency and economy to businesses, universities and government offices nationwide. For more information,visit www.WeCar.com and www.keystogreen.com.