|SLU's West Pine Gym underwent extensive renovations in order to be transformed into the new Center for Global Citizenship. File photo|
Saint Louis University will dedicate the Center for Global Citizenship at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. All members of the SLU community are invited to attend.
University President Emeritus Lawrence Biondi, S.J., and Interim President William R. Kauffman are among those scheduled to speak. Biondi also will bless the new facility.
Following the dedication, attendees will be encouraged to tour the center.
Built in 1925, the West Pine Gym, later known as the Bauman-Eberhardt Center, played an important role in campus life, hosting athletic events, commencements and speakers, including Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964.
In 2012, Saint Louis University spent $8.8 million renovating the 88-year-old building, which now houses the 1,000-seat C.S. Huh Auditorium and the AT&T Student Commons.
The building also is home to the Center for Intercultural Studies, Cross Cultural Center, Center for Service and Community Engagement, International Studies Program, and offices for international and cultural student groups.
The renovation of the gymnasium is the second and final phase of SLU's Center for Global Citizenship initiative, which also includes Des Peres Hall. That building was renovated in 2010, and now houses internationally focused academic and student support programs, as well as the Center for Sustainability.