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We Believe in the Importance of Acknowledging the Present While Looking Toward the Future

We Believe in the Importance of Acknowledging the Present While Looking Toward the Future
As the campus "hub", the new student center will be the premiere place for students to gather, eat, study, socialize, and weave together the intangible fabric of the Eastern University Experience.The new Student Center will be designed specifically for the Eastern community of the 21st century in all of its multi-faceted and diverse components. This building is designed to take advantage of the highest modern environmental and energy-conservation standards, with an anticipated LEED Silver certification, reflecting the sustainability expected in the most advanced structures, such as a green roof and solar panels that are designed to mitigate operating costs well into the future.

Community Space
As the campus “hub,” the new student center will be the premiere place for students to gather, eat, study, socialize, and weave together the intangible fabric of the Eastern University Experience. Growth and learning occurs so much during “off hours,” when surrounded by friends and classmates, faculty and staff interacting within the same milieu; Eastern recognizes the importance of these “off hours” to the formation of a whole individual, and seeks to create a space that allows experiential learning to flourish.

  • New Bi-Level Dining Hall: This new dining hall can accommdate 525 students at once.
  • Coffee Bar and Seating Area: Eastern's current coffee shop, Jammin' Java, has become increasingly popular, especially as a meeting place for student groups and graduate students. The new coffee bar will be able to house an additional 80 students.
  • Gaming Room: Reminiscent to many of the Log Cabin in Eastern's early days, this room will have comfortable seating, board games, billiards, and arcade games.
  • Four New Seating Areas: For students to gather to study, socialize, or hold meetings.
  • Full Connectivity: The building will have full wireless capability and a variety of Internet search kiosks scattered throughout the building to provide additional spaces for study.

Student Services
In addition to first class public spaces, the student center will be the first home for the critical programs that undergird the entire student body. As the locus for student activities, it is important that these kinds of services feel as much a part of the fabric of the daily life of students as going to the coffee shop does—recognizing that at different parts throughout a student’s experience as either an undergraduate or graduate student, the need for personal and academic support often present themselves.

Students will come to the new student center for counseling at The Cushing Center for Counseling and Academic Support or to the Office of Talent & Career Development to find a summer internship, or work on a resume. Multicultural and international students will find a home away from home in the Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives, where they will find assistance in language transition, and adjusting to a new culture and country. This center will also be “homebase” for student-run organizations like Student Government Association, the Log, and the Waltonian.

The Office of Faith and Practice:
Together, the University Chaplain, the Director of Spiritual Formation and the Chapel Worship Team Advisor support students in their faith development during the University years. This is accomplished through service learning and campus ministries, through pastoral counseling and spiritual direction, and through weekly opportunities for community worship in small groups and at the campus wide chapel.

We have planned for the Office of Faith and Practice to be relocated to the New Student Center because we believe that spiritual formation is a critically important part of student life.  The new building will also house a new chapel for student and community use.

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Questions?
Contact the Eastern University Office of Development at develop@eastern.edu

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