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New UC opens with tours, concerts, other events

3/18/2002
March 18, 2002

For three years, the University community has watched the new UC rise, brick by brick, on the site where the old building was razed.

March 18 through April 5, APSU students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the opening of the Morgan University Center with guided tours and other events.

The new center, like its predecessor, was named for Austin Peay President Joe Morgan, who served the University for 13 years beginning in 1963 and who called for the construction of a student center during his first year in office.

The first Joe Morgan Student Center opened in February 1968. That building was razed in 1999 to make way for a bigger, better facility.

The new Joe Morgan Center sits on the same site as the old one. As in the original building, windows frame views of the library on the east and the Browning Building on the south.

But there are few other similarities.

Unlike its predecessor, the new facility is flooded with light. Open, "plaza-like" spaces create a natural traffic flow and encourage movement through the building. A curved, second-floor balcony introduces visual interest and a sense of connection between the first and second levels. Outside, a brick piazza offers the perfect "street-like" setting for informal gatherings, parties-or a simple lunch.

Tours of the new center will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 19, 20 and 23. Faculty and staff also can see the building at two key events:

Saturday, March 23: Fun Family Day. With guided tours every half hour from 2-5 p.m., guests will have a chance to ask questions while taking a look at the facilities. The University will provide refreshments, and inflatable games, face painting, sand art and games will keep children happily occupied. Visitors can also have their picture made with The Gov.

Friday, April 5: Dedication Ceremony. This event will be held at 2 p.m. in the main lobby. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to celebrate.

Other events include a reception to mark the grand opening of Chick-Fil-A, performances by Bump City and Cindy McElroy & dem Mens (formerly known as the Beatles), a variety show, a jazz band concert, Academy Award night at the Coffeehouse and an open mike night.

For a complete list of events, go to www.apsu.edu/activities/uc/opening.htm.