While it might be the newest building on campus, the Student Engagement Center (SEC) was built on a foundation of history and tradition. Located at the former site of Marian Hall, which included a residence hall, dining hall and gathering place, the SEC will carry on its role as the hub of student life.
“It will be a place for living and learning, where residents find a place to gather and for commuters to have a home away from home,” said UIW President Dr. Thomas Evans at the official ribbon cutting. “The SEC is about the importance of engagement, of ensuring that students are fully involved in the life of this institution and its people.”
In fact, students have been at the heart of the endeavor since demolition began in 2015. Not only were their lifestyles and needs critical to its design, but students also signed their names to a special beam that was used in its construction. Simply put, UIW students are part of the SEC’s DNA. Here are just a few things they can look forward to:
Dr. Evans referred to the Student Engagement Center as the campus’ living room, and with good reason.
Nearly every space of the 122,500-square-foot building was carefully designed to welcome students to their home away from home. Meeting rooms, lounge areas and individual seating encourage group or independent study.
The SEC also offers plenty of options for indoor and outdoor living and learning. Giant windows throughout the first, second and third floors flood the SEC with sunlight and views of the campus and surrounding city. An expansive patio offers a relaxing space to study or socialize.
(Top and left images by Dror Baldinger.)
While thoroughly contemporary, the Student Engagement Center has deep UIW roots. The area on which the center now sits was once home to Marian Hall.
Once a residence hall, dining hall and meeting area, Marian Hall was an epicenter of student life on campus.
Hub of Activity
The SEC is also home to the Student Government Association and other organizations related to student life, including Campus Engagement, Student Conduct, Greek Life, Campus Activities Board, Veterans Affairs and a Student Organization Complex, just to name a few.
In addition to the lush lounge areas, the Student Engagement Center also boasts state-of-the-art design. End tables, consoles and study desks feature charging stations, and flat-screen television sets can be found in common and dining areas.
It’s also home to the HelpDesk@SEC and a media center with a touch-screen printing kiosk.
(Left image by Dror Baldinger.)
Shopping and Dining
It might be referred to as the bookstore, but the three-story Cardinal Shoppe houses so much more than that. In addition to the essential texts and supplies every student needs, they can also find computers and accessories, collectibles and Cardinal gear.
What’s more, Red’s, located at the SEC’s basement level, is home to Luciano Pizzeria, a pub, and entertainment center.