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Joseph C. Aldrich Student Center to Open Early Spring 2006


Progress has been made on the Joseph C. Aldrich Student Center since the groundbreaking ceremony in January 2005. Construction on phase one of the new 31,500-square-foot, $2.8 million Student Center is nearing completion and is scheduled to be ready for use by early spring term in 2006.

"This week marked the beginning stages of flooring in the JCA Building," said Donna Hurl, office manager of Multnomah's Campus Support Services. "This process is very exciting because the rooms start to take on a whole new look. We are also very happy to have heat in the building which was put in recently along with the lighting."

The new Student Center consists of two phases. Phase one includes a 15,500-square-foot addition to the current cafeteria. This new two-story section will contain a 400-seat dining hall, offices, an outer deck with tables, and a stage for special events.

Phase two of the new student center consists of a remodel of the current 16,000-square-foot student commons building. The remodel will create a student lounge, a nurse's office, a wellness center, a renovated cafe, and a kitchen expansion.

Individual donors and corporations have graciously donated $2,550,000 of the $2.8 million needed for the student center. $250,000 (or 8%) is still needed for the completion of the student center.

If you have questions about the campaign, or wish to contribute to the Joseph C. Aldrich Student Center, contact the Multnomah Advancement Department by phone at 800.352.4253, or by email at You can also visit the Online Giving page.