On Aug. 28, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) unveiled its new state-of-the-art Student Engagement Center (SEC) with a blessing and ribbon cutting. The event was attended by 400 students, faculty and supporters. UIW President Thomas Evans along with Student Government President Aaron Chavez and mascot Red the Cardinal cut the ribbon, officially opening the facility.
The SEC “will prove to be the living room for this campus designed to meet the goal of student success,” Evans said in a press release. “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. The SEC is about the importance of engagement of ensuring that students are fully involved in the life of this institution and its people.” The 122,500-square-foot Student Engagement Center replaces the Marian Hall, an older, decades-old building that centralized many of the student life activities. Construction on the new structure took nearly two years, and cost more than $25 million. It represents some of the newest construction on Broadway.
The new center features administrative offices, including the University Advising Center, TRIO programs, career services, veterans affairs, university mission and ministry, the writing and learning center, tutoring services, campus engagement, student conduct, university post office, bookstore, university help desk, and a new central dining facility. A ballroom, 10 multipurpose rooms, student government office, campus activities board office, Greek life office, and a student organization complex are among a few of the amenities available to students. Red’s Game Room and Pub, located on the basement level of the student center, includes billiards tables, shuffleboard, darts and gaming stations.