TWU students vote in favor of raising student union fee
Online voting took place Oct. 16-17 with 61 percent voting for the increased fee and 39 percent voting against it. Students voted to raise the fee from $32 a semester to $149 a semester.
“I compliment the students’ involvement in the whole referendum project – from recognizing the need for a new student union, to giving presentations and encouraging voter turnout,” said TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart. “It is a wonderful illustration of civic engagement at TWU and a true learning process for all involved.”
The TWU Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Legislature all must vote on the increased fee before it can be implemented. The earliest the new student union fee could be implemented is the spring 2014 semester.
“Our student government leaders and student union advisory board campaigned hard for this referendum,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life. “Every possible effort was made to get out the vote and to inform the student body of what the increased fee would mean to them in terms of improved and expanded student union facilities and programs.”
Student and staff members of the TWU Student Union Advisory Board and the TWU Student Union Referendum Committee held numerous information sessions for student organizations to explain the project, answer questions and address concerns. They also maintained a website, posted information and updates on various TWU social media sites and hung flyers on all campuses.
“The referendum committee has worked diligently to communicate to students the value of the increased fee,” said Joleesia Berry, president of the TWU-Denton Student Government Association and member of the referendum committee. “By voting for the increased fee, the student body is acknowledging our university is growing rapidly, and we need a student union that will fit the needs of students now and in the future.”
TWU’s current student union is 42 years old with limited dining, meeting and recreation space.
“Our goal is to build a state-of-the-art student union that will better serve our growing student population, including those who live on campus and commuters,” said Kyle Voyles, director of the TWU student union.
The Student Union Advisory Board and student leaders have created a wish list for the new building, which include:
• expanded dining and seating options
• additional meeting rooms
• a movie theater
• increased student organization office and work areas
• an expanded game room and recreational areas
• more study space
• technology enriched areas.
According to Dr. Nicholas, a specific location for the new student union has yet to be determined.
Assuming approval from the TWU Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Legislature, a potential start date for construction could be summer 2013, with the new student union opening in 2015.
More information can be found at www.twustudentunion.blogspot.com.
Director of Media Relations
page updated 4/16/2014 8:45 AM