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The University Magazine

Former swimming pool to become RIT ‘family room’

University Magazine - Spring 2008 Image
Artistsí rendering of the proposed Campus Center project.

The former Woodward Pool area in the Student Alumni Union is being transformed  – and RIT students are getting a place to put their feet up.

A gift of $2 million plus architectural- and construction-plan underwriting from The Summers Foundation (RIT Trustee John “Dutch” Summers and his wife, Jayne) has spearheaded a $10 million effort to create a 30,000-plus square foot Campus Center in the Student Alumni Union – a space Student Affairs officials are heralding as a much-needed “family room” for the student body.

The Campus Center will provide a new entrance to the Student Alumni Union and a second-story overlook onto the Quarter Mile. The facility’s main level will house Student Government, the Leadership Institute and Community Service Center and the RIT Women’s Center. It will also include three general-use conference rooms and an area designated for RIT clubs and club services.

Downstairs tenants include Reporter magazine, the Campus Activities Board, the Global Union (RIT’s largest multicultural student organization) and the AALANA (African American, Latino American, Asian American and Native American) Collegiate Association.

The upper floor plans call for a student lounge, offices for the Orientation program and the First Year Enrichment Program, and offices for the Off Campus and Apartment Student Association. The upper level will also have two multipurpose rooms and a large reading room. It will connect to the Student Affairs offices on the second floor of the Student Alumni Union.

Plans for the new Campus Center were largely driven by student input. RIT’s Development Office has launched a fund-raising effort to support the remainder of the project, which is slated for completion in the fall of 2009. Officials hope to see ground broken this spring.

John Follaco