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 Jacque Smith, Director of Public Relations

Nov. 11, 2005

Ground blessing ceremony kicks off construction of new student apartments at Union

LINCOLN—On Saturday, Nov. 5, approximately 60 Union College faculty and staff, students, parents and Lincoln community members gathered for a ground blessing ceremony at the site of Union’s future student apartment building. As part of Union’s Parents Weekend events, the 30-minute program featured remarks from Mayor Colleen Seng, project developers and the college president, along with an unveiling of the 4-by-8-foot sign that will mark the construction site.
        Mayor Seng expressed her appreciation for the developments on Union’s campus, including the Ortner Center dining and conference facility that opened in 2004. “I am grateful for the enhancements these campus improvements bring to the College View community,” she said.
        Lincoln developers Rick Krueger and Kent Thompson, who provided financing for the student housing project, both noted their connections to the Lincoln community and Union College and shared their enthusiasm to be involved. “It’s a privilege to partner with Union College on this project that will benefit students,” Krueger said.
        Travis Morrell, student body president, responded with his belief that the improved housing facilities will make the apartments prime options for married and single students. He also commented on the convenient location to campus. “Because the apartments are on campus, it will be easier for students to get involved with campus life,” Morrell said.
        David Smith, Union College president, and Dennis Carlson, president of the Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presented framed and matted artist renderings of the apartment building to Krueger and Thompson and presented flowers to their wives.
        After the program, attendees enjoyed scones, muffins and hot drinks while milling around the site at the corner of Cooper Avenue and South 52nd Street.
        Costing approximately $2 million, this collaborative investment project will provide contemporary student residence to Union College’s campus by fall 2006. The 24-unit apartment-style housing will feature amenities such as a washer and dryer in each unit, dishwasher, disposal, microwave, computer and cable hookups, electric furnaces and off-street parking.