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Current Issue: June 23, 2003
Volume 38, Number 22

SUB to open July 1
Grand opening event set for fall semester

The University will open its newly reconstructed Student Union Building (SUB) Tuesday, July 1, but it will be an opening with little fanfare, at least for the time being.


Reconstruction of the Student Union Building was a $25 million project.

Wireless networking has been incorporated making it easier to connect to the Internet from a laptop

For computers in need of an outlet, there are network ports located in all public areas of the building

Updated and larger computer lab (The Lobo Lab will seat 100 people - and will feature both PC and Mac terminals)

The building also includes new elevators, new electrical and new heating and cooling systems

Food Service
The new facility will offer nine food options including some with extended hours (evenings and weekends)

The Mercado convenience store is located on the Plaza Level, which is the lower level, and offers items such as salads, pre-made sandwiches and much more

Higher Grounds offers New Mexico coffees, espressos, lattes, gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups and pastries prepared fresh daily

Extra Features
The new SUB houses more than 50 student organizations including Student Activities, ASUNM and GPSA

Seating for 700 indoors and 250 outdoors

The New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union will have financial consultants available and includes improved teller space

New and expanded theatre (for the Southwest Film Center 190 capacity) available for lecture series, performances or recruitment office events

Expanded ballroom for banquets, concerts, dances, job fairs, and other events

A formal grand opening event will be scheduled near the beginning of the 2003 fall semester, said Dr. Walter Miller, UNM associate vice president for Student Development and director of the UNM SUB.

"This building belongs to the students so it’s very important that they be on campus at the time of the official grand opening,” he said.

Miller said the SUB will be finishing minor interior details prior to the grand opening.

“We’re very excited about the re-opening of the SUB and we’re also pleased that it’s basically a brand-new building,” said UNM President F. Chris Garcia. “The SUB has always been a focal point on campus and now we have a facility of which we can be very proud.”

“This is really a completely different building. It’s now a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility with new features and capabilities that will serve the UNM community extremely well,” Miller said.

The SUB has been undergoing reconstruction for the past two and a half years. During that time, UNM students, faculty and staff adjusted to the temporary closing of the SUB by utilizing several other food venues around campus and holding meetings or events at other locations on campus. SUB offices were also temporarily relocated to other campus buildings.

The SUB serves the UNM community by providing dining services, facilities for conferences, meetings or other events, office space for student organizations and the largest computer pod on campus.