Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

January 19, 2010

VSU’s ‘campus living room’

Completion of new Student Union celebrated

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University presented its newest facility — its “campus living room” — to the community Tuesday.

Constructed at the intersection of Oak Street and Baytree Road, the $40-plus million Student Union officially opened its doors on Jan. 7.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony allowed those who participated in its development, construction and completion a peek at what students have enjoyed since the start of spring semester classes.

President Patrick Schloss touted the state-of-the-art Student Union as the gateway to the campus.

“This is a new area where students can congregate, and as relationships develop, it will help create bonds that last a lifetime,” he said. “It takes facilities like this to do that.”

Schloss thanked former Valdosta State University presidents Dr. Ronald Zaccari and Dr. Hugh Bailey for emphasizing student and facility development.

As an artist and a man with a vision, Zaccari laid the foundation that helped keep Bailey’s vision for the campus in focus, Schloss said.

The three-story, 113,000-square-foot Student Union stands where the old 35,000-square-foot Student Union and gymnasium once stood.

The Student Union has a 322-seat auditorium; a two-story university bookstore providing a tech shop, textbooks and university merchandise; the Union Station game room; various lounge areas; office space; a ball room; and three restaurants.

The Loop Pizza Grill, which called the old Student Union home, has returned to main campus. It can be found alongside Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and Starbucks Coffee.

Valdosta State budgeted $43 million for the cost of the facility and is currently estimating that the Student Union will come in under budget, said Rob Kellner, director of auxiliary services.

State Senator Seth Harp (R-Midland), chairman of the Higher Education Committee, congratulated Valdosta State University on its progress as a state institution.

Based on talks with others around the country in regards to combating the recession and preserving education, Harp said one statement is repeated.

Text Only
Local News
  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-man_hunt001.jpg Dump truck thieves sought

    Authorities continued searching for suspects Monday evening connected to a stolen dump truck involved in a chase with law-enforcement.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • City workers strike natural gas main

    A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.

    July 29, 2014

  • education.jpg Desegregation status approved

    Forty-three years after an initial lawsuit was filed to force the system to desegregate, Valdosta City Schools has officially been approved for “unitary status.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • ARociewilliams_002.jpg Woman shares nearly a century of lessons

    With nearly 100 years of life under her belt, Ocie Viola Williams has plenty of advice to share with the world. Her top two pieces of advice: know the importance of education and don’t expect a teacher to raise your child for you. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • psst1 photo page copy.jpg PSST! finishes peachy season

    Peach State Summer Theatre concluded its 2014 season Sunday, a season which broke attendance records for the professional musical theatre company.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_2381.jpeg Award-winning young professionals share success secrets

    The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber’s MetroOne Young Professionals hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn to highlight successful business practices.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140726_summerlibrary002.jpg Library celebrates end of summer reading program

    With the first day of school just around the corner, students are soaking in the last few weeks of summer vacation. The end of summer also means the end of the South Georgia Regional Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • artseason1 copy.jpg A sneak peek at some area arts organizations’ 2014-15 seasons

    Beethoven. Tennessee Williams. Non-stop art. Two versions of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 2014-15 arts season is coming.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results