OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will formally open the newly renovated west side of the Shepherd Union Building with an extreme ribbon cutting featuring Urban Acrobats, hip-hop dancers and a presidential welcome.
The ribbon cutting will be Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. in the new Shepherd Union Atrium, featuring performances by the WSU marching band, Wildcat Dance Team, Urban Acrobats and others. Scheduled to appear are past student body presidents, former WSU presidents and current administrators.
The ceremony will culminate with a special ribbon cutting led by WSU President Ann Millner and building namesake J. Ferrell Shepherd. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.
The west side of the union building features a new food court and formal dining area in the Wildcat Café that opens for business Sept. 19. A 2 ½-story, 13,000 sq. foot atrium serves as the centerpiece for the revitalized facility. Visitors will find an expanded bookstore, new lounge areas, along with a new gallery and exhibit area. The west side of the building also will house a full-service branch of the Weber State Credit Union and offices for student government and student involvement. The refurbished union ballrooms and Wildcat Theater are scheduled to reopen later this semester.
“The renovated Shepherd Union is a significant step in redefining daily campus life at Weber State,” said Bill Fruth, director of the union. “With its new and updated services and programs, the union will provide students a greater university experience that supports the education of the person as well as the intellect.”
The opening of the west side of the union coincides with WSU’s 2007 homecoming week. The new atrium will be the site of a homecoming dance on Sept. 21.
The grand opening culminates phase one of the union renovation project. As the west side of the union reopens, the east side will close for renovation. The fully renovated union building is expected to open in late summer 2008.
For more information about the ribbon cutting event contact, Chad Mosher at 801-626-8539.