New student center at USD brings new opportunities

New student center at USD brings new opportunities Construction of the new Coyote Student Center (CSC) will soon alter the physical landscape of The University of South Dakota.

Charles Rose Architects from Somerville, MA, is working on initial designs and will return to campus to meet with the building committee, administration officials and student government leaders in September. Charles Rose Architects is also working on design plans for a new business school at USD.

Once design plans are approved, bids will be let in January of 2006, with demolition of the existing CSC set for February and March. The new CSC is expected to be open fall of 2007 in its current location. CSC functions will temporarily move to the Continuing Education building in January of 2006.

In addition to the obvious physical changes to come, Terisa Remelius, assistant vice president for student services, has announced several adjustments in staffing and facilities for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Rick Haught, current director of the CSC, will change positions and become the director of special projects, reporting to Remelius. In his new position, Haught will continue his work to provide new Coyote Cards to students, and he will play a primary role in relocating services to their newly assigned spaces.

�Rick Haught has served The U for nine years in this important role, and we know that in closing the facility we need a very specific skill-set to keep up with the construction and contract issues of this venture,� Remelius said. �His new role will be one in which he continues to work closely with students and The U community to develop engaging opportunities and extraordinary events.�

This year, Haught will work with events such as orientation, family weekend, Dakota Days, and Celebrate Vermillion. He also will work directly within the Division of Student Services to identify new opportunities for student engagement and involvement for the campus.

Remelius will serve as the interim co-director of the CSC in cooperation with Greg Redlin, vice president for finance and administration. Remelius will have the responsibility of supervising the budget and vendor partnerships as well as working with student organizations and student government. Redlin will work directly with construction of the new facility and with negotiating contracts.

Genevieve Evans-Taylor, current assistant director, will continue in her role and act as the on-site coordinator of the center supervising the CSC staff and daily operations of the facility.

�I am amazed by the incredible effort from The U�s administration to build a center that is inclusive for all students,� Remelius said. �Last week, I met with several students to discuss ways in which student activities, organizations, and events would be highlighted in the new building.�

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