Frequently Asked Questions
What will the new Memorial Union look like?
- Open spaces and long lines of sight will define tomorrow’s union, from a grand entryway on the east side into various open student spaces
- The Colonial Ballroom will be updated, while keeping its historical integrity. It will be renamed the “KSTC Colonial Ballroom” to honor the graduates from Kansas State Teachers College.
- Modernized conference and meeting rooms with “smart” technology
- Unique dining experiences on two levels
- Comfortable gathering spaces for students, faculty, staff and campus guests
- Various services for students to include Admissions, Career Services and International Education
Why do we need the renovation?
- To offer services that attract and retain students, faculty and staff
- To update the oldest student union building west of the Mississippi River
- To update facilities that are vital to our community and region
- To improve the building’s mechanical infrastructure
How will the renovation benefit the campus?
- It will provide services to meet ever-changing student needs – shopping, entertainment, dining, leisure activities, social areas, meeting space
- It will offer a central gathering place for students before and after 5 p.m.
- As the center of campus, the union is a primary tool in attracting and retaining students
How will the renovation benefit the community?
- The union offers some of the largest meeting and convention space in east central Kansas, creating awareness and boosting the Emporia area’s economy
- The Colonial Ballroom and other large meeting spaces will offer space for a number of special events, from weddings and banquets to concerts and more
- The Skyline Dining Room will be renovated, offering an alternative dining spot for the business community
- The Veterans Hall of Honor pays tribute to Emporia State University veterans and to Emporia as the founding city of Veterans Day
What needs are not being currently met?
- High quality student leadership offices
- Variety of food options
- Printing/copy services
- Additional meeting space
- Student gathering spaces
- Day and evening entertainment/leisure activities for campus community
Will the historic nature of the Memorial Union be preserved?
- Yes. The Memorial Union was first constructed in memory of veterans, and a concern for the union’s historical integrity has guided renovation planning.
What is the timeline for the project?
- Spring 2008 – Retain architect
- Spring/summer 2008 – Campus and Community forums
- Spring 2008 – Begin student financial commitment steps
- Spring 2009 – Begin private fundraising
- Fall 2008 – Architectural design completed
- Spring 2009 – Legislative bonding authority sought
- Spring 2009 – Student fee increase approval
- Summer 2009 – Architectural design completed
- Spring 2010 – Begin renovation
- Summer 2011 – Finalize private fundraising