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The Wabash Building's new Student Union: Great spaces await students

Posted: 04/18/2012

Continuing its long tradition of fostering socially conscious activism, Roosevelt University is creating a vibrant atmosphere and spaces for student organizations to thrive in the new 32-story Wabash Building.

Senior Associate Vice President for Student Services Tanya Woltmann (who is pictured above in the buidling's new 300-seat dining center) recently moved her staff into the new facility in preparation for the arrival of hundreds of students this fall.  Wabash CSI

When they arrive, the Student Government Association, Black Student Union, Association of Latin American Students and more than 40 other student groups will find that they have their own place to call home in the Student Union, located on the building’s second through fifth floors. (At right, Aaron Kennedy, who helps Roosevelt students find jobs, points to the Wabash Building's Room 323 where the Center for Student Involvement will be located.)


The third floor will be the headquarters for the University’s many student organizations, including sororities, fraternities and honor-society chapters.

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In addition to meeting rooms and a bank of computers, there is an open area on the floor with tables and chairs where student groups can work or simply hang out. (Pictured at left).

“It will be a place where our students can meet and plan their projects, events and other activities,” said Woltmann.

 Hundreds of students, many who are traditional-aged undergraduates, participate in student organizations each semester, according to Elizabeth Choporis, director of the Center for Student Involvement at Roosevelt University.

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“What’s going to be really important to these students is that they are going to have more space for their activities,” she said.. (At left, Roosevelt's Katie Mason, who advises students on career opportunities and internships, takes a look at a bank of mailboxes - all for student organizations that will be headquartered in the new building.)

 For the first time ever, student organizations will have access to a multi-purpose area – Room 317 – where student programs for between 65 and 120 people can be held.  “This will be a room entirely dedicated for student use, making it possible for our students to have events without having to jockey for time and space in the University’s busy Congress Lounge,” Woltmann said.

A TV lounge and office for selling tickets to student events also is located on the third floor of the Student Union. Choporis is predicting student involvement will be on the rise once the new facility opens in late August.

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On the fourth floor, there will be more meeting rooms for the entire Roosevelt community, including a video conference room (pictured at left) that will be equipped to handle University Senate sessions or student meetings.

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Meanwhile, on the fifth floor, the University’s new recreation center (pictured below), featuring the latest in aerobic and strength-training machines, free weights and wood-floor fitness rooms will be available for student exercise.  In fact, students who are on Roosevelt’s athletics teams have already begun working out there!

In the second-floor dining center, students will find grab-and-go options, pizza, hot entrees, deli selections, grilled specialties and a separate coffee shop where Metropolis Coffee will sell the University’s own, unique Roosevelt blend. The 300-person dining center opens Aug. 5 for all members  of the Roosevelt community.

Access to classes in the adjoining Auditorium Building classes couldn’t be easier. There is a connection bridge at the dining center’s east end, which leads into the Auditorium’s Fainman Lounge.

“Students who use the new Student Union are going to be able to organize, create, communicate and accomplish things that really matter, which is the Roosevelt way and a hallmark of the University’s long, proud tradition,” said Woltmann.

For more information about the University’s Center for Student Involvement and its growing number of student organizations, visit www.roosevelt.edu/csi