Texas A&M Opens Student Services Building
Calling it a “remarkable building that will aid students for decades to come,” Texas A&M University officials today officially opened the school’s new Student Services Building, a $42 million facility that will house multiple offices aimed at helping students.
The 95,000-square-foot building houses 25 meeting rooms and 150 offices, among them the Division of Student Affairs, Residence Life, the Offices of the Dean of Student Life, and three departments featuring new names: Counseling & Psychological Services (formerly Student Counseling Services); Disability Resources (formerly Disability Services) and the LGBTQ+ Pride Center (formerly GLBTQ Resource Center).
They will all assist Texas A&M’s almost 70,000 students in a variety of ways, officials said.
“Buildings themselves are often unremarkable,” said Daniel Pugh Sr., vice president for Student Affairs. “But this building is truly remarkable. It will meet the needs of current and future students for years to come. It is an amazing place, and we believe our disability facilities are among the best in the country.”
One key feature about the building that drew unanimous praise was its location – in the heart of campus, near the Memorial Student Center, Rudder Tower and Simpson Drill Field.
“We knew the building had to be centrally located – it was critically important to us,” said President Michael K. Young. “This particular space has been important to Texas A&M for the past 144 years, so it had to be on this spot. All of us are here because of the students, and we want our students to succeed, and much of that success starts right here in this building.
“This is a great place for students to gather and it will serve as a living laboratory,” Young said. “It is at the heart of campus, both physically and spiritually.”
Former student Kyle Cox, who holds two degrees from Texas A&M, praised the building for its disability resources, noting that it is a “great facility for students who have disability needs. This will move Texas A&M into the top tier nationally for students who have disabilities.
“The disability resources here have been a key to my success,” Cox said. “On behalf of disabled students, I want to thank Texas A&M for this amazing building.”
Levi McClenny, student regent of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, said a “building like this makes me proud to be an Aggie. It is a real jewel for our campus, and it is outfitted for all students and their needs.”
Blatman’s unique exhibit that took almost a year to complete is titled “Universal Sea,” and is an abstract “idea of the ocean.”
“I wanted people to have a sense of beauty and wonder when they come into the building,” Blatman said.
To learn more about the building, the departments and programs housed inside and the unique art installations, visit the Division of Student Affairs website.
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