Speeches, tours and live entertainment will all be part of the grand opening celebration of the new Student Activities Hub on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus Thursday, Oct. 29.
Located in what was once the university bookstore in The Hub, the renovated facility in the center of campus includes eight new offices – Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC), African-American Student Organization (AASO), three for the Student Government Association (SGA), The Southerner, and two administrative offices. The tri-level Hub also features conference rooms and student work areas.
“At Southern Miss we value the role of student leaders in moving us forward,” said Southern Miss Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul. “This space will allow our student leaders and organizations to further the cause, leaving Southern Miss better than they found it.”
The grand opening gets underway at 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Guest speakers include Southern Miss President Martha Saunders, SGA President J.R. Robinson and Paul. Guided tours and refreshments will be available during the program which runs until 1 p.m. The university’s String Quartet will perform along with the Spirit of Southern men’s a capella group and members of the Chi Tau Epsilon dance ensemble.
The new Hub also features a stunning piece of art work by former student Sharon Spell that hovers above the lobby area. The mural-like display once hung in the R.C. Cook Union but temporarily lost its home during renovation work there.
“In the past the Union Advisory Board decided that through a collection of student art, our mission would be enhanced by cultivating interests and providing a medium to challenge and stimulate the thoughts of the students and university community,” said Barbara Ross, director of Union and Programs.
“When Sharon Spell asked if we would be interested in hanging her thesis project in the union we were extremely excited. Now we know it has a permanent home in the Student Activities Hub which is the appropriate place for it to be hung. It will serve as a focal point in this open space.”
For more information about the new Student Activities Hub, call 601-266-5486.
The new Student Activities Hub at The University of Southern Mississippi includes two large general meeting spaces as well as two conference rooms. (Submitted photo)
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.