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SIU’s Student Services Building nears completion
2013-07-23T00:00:00Z 2013-09-12T13:29:31Z Center of progressBy Caleb Hale The Southern The Southern
July 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CARBONDALE — Work on SIU Carbondale’s $36 million Student Services Building is entering the home stretch, but staff won’t be in place in time for the start of the fall semester next month.

Chancellor Rita Cheng said Monday work is progressing fine, but with so many pieces left to put in place, university employees who will be working out of the new facility won’t be able to settle in by the start of the school year.

“They are doing great work; they’ve got furniture and other fixtures they are installing. We are not pushing to get in before classes start,” Cheng said. “We know we can’t get everyone in, and I want people focused on the students, not on moving in. So, we’ve agreed to manage for the first couple of weeks in our old locations.”

Work on the new building began last year. The building stands where the old double-decker parking garage once existed.

The facility was conceived and designed as a central location for students to take care of all necessary admissions work, as well as related services.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration is tentatively planned for SIU’s Family Weekend, Sept. 27-29.


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  1. paranoid
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    paranoid - July 28, 2013 10:25 am
    Student fees, not state money, are paying for this building.

  2. cchs98
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    cchs98 - July 23, 2013 10:40 am
    In case anyone hasn't already noticed, this is exactly what the State of Illinois and SIU are good at. In SIU's case, this is nothing more than a slap in the face to faculty, staff and students. Programs support is dropping at an alarming speed due to budget cuts. Hundreds of staff and faculty have lost their jobs due to the complete incompetency of the universities leadership. SIU wants to continue to spend millions on upgrading the library, new athletic facilities now this monstrocity that fits nowhere in the current architectual theme of but yet lowers its academic standards, continues to see a decline in enrollment and retention all while morale on campus is at an all time low. I'm an alum, but certainly not proud by any means of the current status and leadership of this school. They should be ashamed.
  3. mistj1
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    mistj1 - July 23, 2013 6:23 am
    Although I know we always need to improve and make things more appealing a progress forward, it surprises me to read the state funded a36 million dollar project with the state in such a financial crisis and the biggest impact is to our pensions.... Guess if we can't afford to visit this 36 million dollar building because our pensions and livelihood have been cut, how will it be funded. Those of us on pensions we're part of the foundation of SIU and helped "build" it to what it is today.
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