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Union is center of campus and the heart of the student experience

Union courtyard, new union plansBy Stefanie Ritz, director of assessment, planning and marketing, University Union

The union as it’s known at UNT is the community center of campus and the heart of the student experience. More than 17,000 students, faculty, staff, and visitors come through each day, breathing in the essence of UNT, the vibrant spirit and pride of our campus, experiencing the talents and cultures represented at our institution, and most importantly, finding their home while they are here.

A referendum continues through April 6 to assess a fee of up to $115 per semester to students. The fee, beginning in fall 2014, will fund a new union. Above, architectural plans for a new facility. Only students may vote online.

Here is more about the union's use on campus:

  • The union programs more than 500 events for students to help them be engaged, connected, and feel appreciated during their academic career. The union is open seven days a week, even in the early mornings and late at night. Student services offices are housed in the union, providing a one stop shop for students’ needs. Art in the gallery showcases exhibits by some of our best undergraduates on a year-round basis. UNT’s Greek community frequently joins together to celebrate camaraderie in the One O’Clock Lounge, that is, on the days when UNT’s jazz program is not playing in the space during the lunch hour for the campus’ enjoyment.
  • The staff in the union work tirelessly to keep the union clean and accessible to students and the UNT community. Each member is dedicated to serving our students well, and deeply understand their connection to helping UNT students grow and thrive during their time here. Whether it’s by setting up a room for a student organization meeting, fixing a light bulb, designing a poster, or planning an event, no job is unimportant in making the Union successful serving students and enhancing their undergraduate and graduate experiences.
  • Over the past few months, the union has worked with a close group of 16 students on the Union Master Plan Committee to reach out to the entire campus body to tell the story of the Union. The committee has worked together to meet with students, almost 9,000 in total, on a one-on-one basis, to talk about the possibility of funding a renovated and expanded Union. The committee listened, really listened, to each student, making them feel heard and appreciated. This group, including Union staff, really understands what it means to be a place “where students matter.”

The union is not just the brick and mortar. It’s the place where the heartbeat of UNT is felt, the place where students get their green light to greatness. The Union works diligently to support the University of North Texas Four Bold Goals. The work of the Union is vital to the campus’ ability to provide the best educational experience possible.

Posted on: Thu 05 April 2012

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