Upon returning to campus in the fall, it is impossible not to notice the construction occurring at every turn. New projects make Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) a perpetual hard hat zone, between the new dorm building and the William S. and Joan Green Center for Student Success and the fast budding Gustafson Center. The Gustafson Welcome Center is named for University President (1987-2003) Dr. Richard Gustafson, who served during a period of growth and transition as New Hampshire College became SNHU. His innovative spirit and dedication to the university are reflected in the new building. “The Gustafson Center really embodies the spirit of a lifelong engagement with SNHU,” said Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Engagement Kristi Durette. Next to SNHU’s commuter student parking lot and across from Belknap Hall, SNHU is getting ready to complete their new Gustafson Welcome Center. According to Capital Projects Associate Vice President Monther Mardini, the Gustafson Welcome Center is projected to be completed in December of 2016. The building will house undergraduate, transfer, and international admissions as well as the Career Development Center, Alumni Engagement, and SNHU’s Marketing department. Senior Amber Lyon works in SNHU’s Admissions department and will be moving to the new location. “I’m so excited to be able to move into the new building during Winter Break,” said Lyon. She is a SNHU tour guide and plans to utilize the new building to the best of her ability. According to Durette, “It’s such a tribute to President Gustafson’s role in building the special place that SNHU has always been to those who have come to be part of the community.” Senior Alyssa Steeves believes the new Gustafson Center will be a great addition to Gustafson Welcome Center the SNHU campus, stating, “I think it’ll be nice to have a bigger building to house important offices on campus. It will be more welcoming for potential students.” Construction will continue through the duration of the Fall semester, and current projections mark its grand opening for the month of December.
Gustafson Welcome Center progress as of Aug. 11