TWU students vote in favor of raising student union fee
Online voting took place Feb. 3-4 with 57 percent voting for the increased fee and 43 percent voting against it. Students voted to raise the fee from $38 a semester to up to $150 a semester.
“Having the infrastructure in place to best serve students holistically is a priority for TWU, and a new student union plus enhanced services helps us accomplish this goal,” said TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten. “I commend and congratulate the students and administration who worked together in educating the campus community about this important university need.”
The TWU Board of Regents and the Texas Legislature must vote on the increased fee before it can be implemented. The earliest the new student union fee could be implemented is the Fall 2015 semester.
Initial plans have the university utilizing the existing Hubbard Hall facility — the original dining hall on campus — for the student union. These in-process plans call for renovation and expansion of Hubbard Hall that could result in a student union with enhanced and expanded dining and student services, as well as an outdoor plaza, more meeting and gathering space and cultural opportunities for students.
“The passing of the student union referendum is an important stepping stone to real change in the life of the TWU student,” said Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, TWU vice president for student life. “For more than 100 years, the TWU students have had the opportunity to have a student experience that included a rich tradition of student engagement. The newly proposed repurposing of Hubbard Hall will only add to the existing TWU tradition by allowing for more opportunities for students to become engaged on campus.”
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, provided innovative content and forums via TWU social media and hung flyers on all campuses.
“By voting for the increased fee, TWU students showed that they are invested in the future of the university and want a new student union and services for themselves and future students,” said TWU student Shaunon McClellan, a senior health studies major, and president of the TWU Campus Activities Board.
TWU’s current student union is 44 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.
A new union will provide larger facilities, meeting rooms, additional dining and retail options, a larger game room, and technology-enriched areas. Additionally, new services and amenities will be added to the Houston and Dallas campuses.
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 fall 2015, with the new student union possibly opening in 2017.
More information can be found at www.twustudentunion.com.
Director of Media Relations
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