Campus Community Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Usdan University Center

Students gather outside Usdan University Center during it's 10th year anniversary on Sept. 7.

Students gather outside Usdan University Center during its 10th year anniversary celebration on Sept. 7.

On Sept. 7, the Wesleyan community celebrated the tenth anniversary of the opening of Usdan University Center.

“Usdan is Wesleyan’s central gathering location for students, staff, faculty and the larger community,” said Frank Marsilli, facility and events manager for Usdan. “It’s a place where the campus community comes together—whether that be for a meeting, program or meal. We’re proud to celebrate a decade of success!”

During the daylong celebration and open house, students were offered a “passport,” encouraging them to visit various areas of the facility and receive a stamp. The event also included a prize wheel at the Usdan info desk; updated “did you know” signs and fun facts posted throughout the facility; movies and music from 2007; and a display highlighting the growth of student centers and involvement on campus through the years.

The Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center was dedicated on Sept. 7, 2007. John ’80 and Eva Usdan P’15, ’18, ’18; Adam Usdan ’83 and Andrea Pollack; and Esme Usdan and James Snyder made the gift in honor of their mother, Suzanne Lemberg Usdan, to construct the Usdan University Center.

The three-story structure, which took 307,000 work hours to construct, includes a large gathering area, Wesleyan Station, Cardinal Tech retail store, a game room, Daniel Family Commons, the Marketplace dining facility, the Mink Dining Hall and the West Wing, the Gregory Café and Lounge, and multiple meeting and event spaces. The building houses the Usdan Administrative Offices, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, the Usdan Center Activities Board, the Wesleyan Student Assembly and the Usdan Student Music Co-op.

Photos of Usdan’s 10th anniversary celebration and open house are below. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Construction for the new university center began in 2005. Crews demolished part of the Fayerweather building and the outdated Alumni Athletic Building, also known as the ‘Cage,’ to make room for the new facility.

Construction for the new university center began in 2005. Crews demolished part of the Fayerweather building and the outdated Alumni Athletic Building to make room for the new facility, located in the center of campus.

Students who visited the Usdan Administrative Offices were treated to a cupcake while getting their passport stamped.

Students who visited the Usdan Administrative Offices were treated to a cupcake while getting their passport stamped.

Danielle Salafia Torres, a postal clerk at Wesleyan Station, spoke to students about mail services during the open house.

Danielle Salafia Torres, a postal clerk at Wesleyan Station, spoke to students about mail services during the open house. She also hosted a passport stop.

During the celebration, students signed up for raffle prizes and enjoyed celebratory cake.

Students toured the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) offices during the open house.

Students browed Wesleyan's campus store, Cardinal Tech, during the open house.

Students browsed Wesleyan’s campus store, Cardinal Tech.

The “Celebrating the University Center and Student Life” pictorial exhibit, created by Special Collections & Archives, highlights Wesleyan’s student centers from 1936 to present.

Students who spun the wheel received a prize.