Community Thrives in Asbury’s Student Center

Invest in Asbury University’s community life through the Student Center Revitalization project!
The Student Center is home to Worship Him at Midnight (WHAM), a student-led worship experience.

WILMORE, Ky. — On Thursday evening, students packed Asbury University’s Student Center for an evening of games and competition. Squaring off over Ultimate Frisbee, Ping-Pong, Super Smash Bros. and much more, students enjoyed the Legacy Games, a week-long competition pitting classes against one another in friendly rivalry. The event highlighted the centrality of the Student Center to Asbury’s community — and the ongoing importance of the Student Center Revitalization project. View a photo gallery of Thursday’s events! 

“Community is core to who we are as a University, and the Student Center plays a key role in that,” said Sarah Baldwin, vice president for Student Development. “It’s a place where students can collaborate on homework, deepen friendships, explore difficult questions through student development programs or just hang out. Revitalizing the Student Center will only deepen its impact, and I’m very excited to see this space being preserved for future generations.” 

An initiative of “Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury University,” the Student Center Revitalization project is a $5 million effort to fully renovate and expand the historic Morrison-Kenyon building, nearly doubling the square footage by re-opening the first floor. Providing multiple entrances to the building based on the natural traffic patterns of campus life will maximize this space as the “campus hub.” 

Invest in Asbury University’s community life through the Student Center Revitalization project!
Students gathered in the Student Center for class competitions on March 30.

The project also includes two naming opportunities. The Salvation Army is leading an effort to raise $3 million to name the revitalized Student Center in honor of General Paul Rader ’56 (Ret.) and Commissioner Kay Fuller ’57 Rader. Another initiative will honor former faculty members Al ’60 and Yvonne Cochran ’58 Moulton, creating a new area that will be called Moulton Commons.

"Supporting the revitalization of the Student Center is one of the most tangible ways you can invest in community at Asbury,” said Charlie Shepard ’99, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Asbury. “The building not only has historic significance for our campus — it’s also a safe space for character building through conversations, relaxation, homework, mentorship, fun and much more. We are so grateful to The Salvation Army for their leadership in the project, and the many other donors who are already supporting this effort, and we invite you to prayerful consider your best gift towards the revitalization of the Student Center.”

Affectionately dubbed “the Stuce” by students, the Student Center has been a center of campus community since it was built in 1927. The building originally served as the campus library, and in 2007, it became the Student Center — a hub for conversations, questions and community.

“It’s a place for everyone to go, from any class, and hang out,” said Hudson Ensz ’18. “You can go in the Student Center and see people you haven’t seen in a while as well as people you hang out with all the time. It’s a great place to build relationships and community. Asbury is a place that is full of history, and this building is part of that — it’s beautiful and people love it. In the long term, preserving it builds a legacy.”

 

To learn more about “Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury University,” visit: asbury.edu/Ignited.

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