On Friday, Oct. 18, the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center will open its doors Homecoming weekend to show off the newest phase in a series of ongoing renovations to enhance the center. This first set of updates include a transformed Alumni Hall — the large meeting space on the northern side of the building — as well as the adjacent restrooms. Architectural, functional and aesthetic improvements are making the facility more versatile, handicap accessible and able to accommodate the more than 100 annual events and thousands of visitors.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 18 during the Homecoming Kickoff Party for Homecoming weekend. The doors for the kickoff party will open at 5 p.m., and the event will include free food and beverages. University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono and UC Alumni Association Board of Governors President Laurence Jones III will lead the ceremony.
“Many thousands of alumni travel back to campus every year, and thousands of current students are future alumni in the early stages of their lifelong UC relationship,” said Jones. “For all of them, the Myers Alumni Center is their home on campus, and they deserve the best facility we can give them.”
Understanding the value of the alumni center, the class of 2012 decided to dedicate their Senior Class Gift to the renovations. They raised a record-breaking total of $13,000 for the improvements, and their gift was then matched by a generous alum to total $26,000.
“The success of the campaign for the class of 2012 was due to the desire for UC students to give back to the community that gave them so much,” said Michael Linger, 2012 senior class officer.
Future renovation plans include the lobby and atrium areas and the Hunter Room meeting space inside, plus the exterior courtyard. For more information about the UC Alumni Association or the renovations of the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center, visit www.uc.edu/alumni.