It is imperative that Quincy University evolve to meet the needs of modern students. Research shows engagement and affiliation are one of three major indicators of retention, along with academic success and financial stability. The Student Union is part of the university’s plan to continue to attract and graduate students by meeting the rising standards for campus life and ensuring students get connected early in their career. The new Student Union provides a critical competitive edge for the recruitment of a new generation of students.
Apart from general upkeep, technology upgrades, and a few minor renovations, the majority of the Student Union has remained virtually unchanged since its opening in 1968. That all changed this fall when students returned to a newly-renovated, modern cafeteria thanks to a $2 million investment by Chartwells, the university’s food service provider.
This fall students returned to a newly-renovated, modern cafeteria thanks to a $2 million investment by Chartwells, the university’s food service provider. The new cafeteria features food stations, modern furnishings and provides a large venue for university events.
We are reimagining this space into a modern, attractive space for students to gather and socialize. A space for students to get their mail, pick up a cup of coffee and shoot pool. A space for student clubs and organizations to meet and plan and host events. A space with a true multicultural center and a bigger and better Hawks’ Nest.
Building Student Engagement
“I am very excited about the Student Union renovation and expansion project, and I think it will greatly benefit Quincy University students by offering them a great place to converse and gather. The expansion will also draw more students to Quincy University and encourage them to become more involved on campus. After all, students go to college to get more than an education, they want to gain experiences and skills; as well as connect with other students.”-Emily Nelson ‘18
- Space for 30+ clubs and organizations to plan and host events
- New multicultural center
- Venue space for growing campus events such as new student orientation
- Socialization space for students including a game room, beverage shop and expanded Hawks’ Nest
- Convenience options for students including an expanded bookstore and convenience store
- Expanded student engagement suite