University Center ranks high among top schools nationwide
Investments earn student interest
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 10:10
ASU’s Houston Harte University Center is ranked the 22nd “Most Amazing Student Union Building” in the U.S. according to a poll conducted by BestCollegeReviews.org.
ASU is also the only college in Texas that made it in the top 25.
“In the past 12 years, careful consideration has been given to the Houston Harte University Center’s facility design and function,” Executive Director for Business Services Greg Pecina said. “Over $12 million in investments and well thought-out planning make this facility great.”
The implementation of recreational space such as the lobbies throughout the building along with the ping pong and pool tables help make the university center a more student-friendly facility, he said.
“I believe students enjoy coming to the UC,” senior Jennifer Wilson said. “There is good food and a lot of different things to do.”
The UC houses many different destination points for a large number of student organizations, and without those organizations this achievement would not have been made possible, Pecina said.
“The newly created Multicultural Center helps give life to the UC with students going in every day, making connections with other students and sharing ideas,” Pecina said.
A lot of student-created events take place in the UC, he said.
“There is always a lot going on in the UC,” Wilson said. “It’s the central hub of the university itself.”
When designing these facilities, a lot of thought goes into what will make people want to be in the building and what decor catches peoples attention, Pecina said.
“I love the layout of the UC,” junior Tevin Lee Simmons said. “It looks clean and has a lot of different rooms and comfortable couches.”
Pecina said he is proud that the UC is in the top 25 among several other schools.
“I compliment all the important service providers for making this place so special,” Pecina said. “[Those] include the Special Events Office, Student Life, Chartwells Food Service, Center for Student Involvement, Veteran Services, Career Development and many others.”