In a variety of ways! Up until now, Tabor students have not had a central place on campus to relax and unwind. They have been limited to the common areas within their dormitories, the Stroud Academic Center, and Fish Athletic Complex, but none of these spaces have adequately served their needs.
The vision of the Student Center — the lower level of the building — is to bridge the needs of all students, bring our community together in one space, and provide a community space that has been missing. The Student Center is, naturally, focused on student life and will include a coffee-house-style cafe, ample seating (including comfy chairs!), and a fireplace. It’s also space where larger student events can take place, and where organizations and clubs can hold meetings and host small events.
Also housed on this level are the offices and meeting spaces for the Office of Student Life. Deans, Student Activities, DEI, and other student offices will be housed together in one easy-to-access (and see, with glass walls) area, with common meeting spaces and waiting areas, bringing together our students for more collaboration, living, and celebration than ever before. Private meeting spaces are also available on this level, and rooms can be booked by student groups and organizations as needed. A third of day student lockers will be moved to the new Student Center, giving students more choice in where their lockers are located.