On Monday, Mar. 31, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered to celebrate the 20-year anniversary and new renovation of the Wolfe University Center (WUC) at Biscayne Bay Campus.
The $4.2 million renovation breathed new life into the student-centered hub, creating a high-tech destination on campus where many students are expected to study, connect with others and host events. The renovation replaced the brick floors with blue carpeting – and added a new all-glass main entrance with hurricane impact glass, blue and gold mosaic tiles in the entrance, new audio equipment (with more than 14 TVs, including touch screens), two student lounges and all new furniture.
President Emeritus Gregory B. Wolfe and his wife, Mary Ann, for which a theater in the Wolfe Center is named, were both honored for their vision and leadership at the ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted by Student Affairs. Wolfe, however, seemed to think the recognition needed to be shared.
“Institutions are built on the strength of their staff, their human power,” Wolfe said. “So thank you, not me. We couldn’t have done it without a strong, dedicated staff. And never let us forget that as we build the future of the chief jewel of higher education in South Florida.”
The final phase of the renovation of WUC will also include the placement of the Panther statue in Panther Square later this year.