ECU News Services
March 23, 2017
By Jamie SmithECU News Services
East Carolina University welcomed guests for a sneak peek of
the new Health Sciences Student Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony March
23. It is the first stand-alone student center on a medical campus in North
Carolina and one of the few in the United States.
Chancellor Cecil Staton joined Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs Dr. Virginia Hardy to mark the long-anticipated addition to ECU’s growing
health sciences campus. Hardy referred to the student center as the new jewel
in ECU’s pirate chest.
“This facility is where students and faculty get together
outside of the classroom to do collaborative work,” said Hardy. “Our student
centers are the first buildings prospective students visit and they make a
The $34 million, three-story facility will have a 20,000-square-foot
recreation center and 2,000-square-foot event room. Additionally, a convenience
store, three dining facilities and satellite offices for services such as parking
and student health will be located inside.
“This building will be an anchor and a cornerstone on
campus,” said Staton as he addressed the crowd gathered in front of the new
building. “It will help ensure we continue to be a leader in producing top
quality health care leaders that will serve in our region and beyond.”
After the ribbon-cutting, guests were invited to tour the
facility to see the finished product. ECU students, staff, faculty and
community members walked through the lounge areas, basketball court and by the
slide that will take visitors from the third to the second floor.
Third-year dental student Robert Barton said, “I believe the
student center will prove to be an invaluable resource for those on the health sciences
campus and main campus. It will truly serve as a catalyst for great things to
Staff will begin moving into the building in April and it is
expected to open to the ECU community on May 1.
The Health Sciences Student Center is the first of two
student centers being constructed at ECU to open. The second is under
construction on main campus and will open in 2018.