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The Southern Management Corporation Campus Center Celebrates Its Official Opening

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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 President Ramsay precided over the campus center's official opening.
 

On September 16, 2009, University of Maryland President David Ramsay, DM, DPhil, invited the builders, architects and sponsors of the new Southern Management Campus Center to an opening ceremony, where the campus center’s logo was unveiled and the building was officially declared ready for business.

 

“This building is really transformational for the campus,” declared President Ramsay. “One of the problems with an institution like this is that students tend to affiliate only with their schools – they go to classes in the law school or medical school and then they go home. They rarely interact, but the marvelous thing about this center is that already you can see an effect. This is a place where the students and the faculty are gathering and mixing, and I think it’s going to make a huge difference in the identity of the campus.”

 

The campus center was built by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. Although they were confident they had crafted a great building, seeing it in operation has still been a great surprise. “Wow,” said Bob Kimmons, Whiting-Turner Division Vice President, of the center. “It has come to life and is truly a remarkable, remarkable building. It’s a dream come true for all of us who have worked for years to make this become a reality.”

 

Among those is David Hillman, CEO of the Southern Management Corporation and a member of the UMB Board of Trustees, whose $5 million gift transformed the quality of services the center is able to offer. “Your gift allowed us to make a good building excellent,” President Ramsay told Hillman. Amenities in the building include a state-of-the-art fitness facility, complete with a swimming pool, saunas and a running track, as well as an array of attractive conference/meeting spaces and healthy dining options.

 

Hillman could not be more pleased with the results. “It is so gratifying to see something that has been talked about and wished for, for such a long time, actually come into existence,” he said. “Southern Management is very proud to be a part of this campus center and what it is going to bring to the faculty and students at the University of Maryland.”

 

Andy York, who is studying at both the School of Pharmacy and the School of Law, spoke on behalf of the students at the ceremony. “The opening of the Southern Management Campus Center has transformed UMB,” he said. “For the first time we have a place where students from different schools and different programs can gather together to work, learn and play. And what a place it is! On behalf of the entire student body I promise today that we will cherish this new building and use it to its fullest.”

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 The building is named for the Southern Management Corporation, whose generous gift made the new center even more spectacular.
 
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 Bon Appetit to Go is just off the lobby, offering healthy snack options and coffee.
 

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 Walls of windows bring plenty of natural light into the building, which was built to fit perfectly between the Health Sciences library and the nursing school.
 



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 There is a recreational pool on the fifth floor for members of the fitness facility.
 


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 The fitness center has been upgraded and offers the latest in exercise technology.