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Armstrong Student Center construction to celebrate milestone Tuesday
written by Vincent Frieden, university advancement
“This is a significant moment because it recognizes how far we have come toward completing what will be a cornerstone of the Miami Experience,” said John Seibert, senior project manager. “The Armstrong Student Center project has been driven and supported by the efforts of so many over the past decade, and this is a notable and visible milestone that we are excited to share with the entire campus community.”
The ceremony will take place along Spring Street between the former Rowan Hall and Culler Hall, where the final beam will be displayed beginning at 11 a.m. It is traditional for the beam to be painted white and signed by key contributors, but the opportunity to sign the beam is being offered to the entire Miami community until the program begins at 2 p.m.
Headlining the attendees is Mike Armstrong (Miami ’61) who, along with his wife Anne (Miami ’61), made the $15 million leadership gift to name and build the Armstrong Student Center. Armstrong is a member of the Miami Board of Trustees and a former CEO of IBM, Hughes Electronics and AT&T. Also speaking during the brief program are President David Hodge, Associated Student Government President John Stefanski and Seibert.
The Armstrong Student Center is considered the future of the Miami Experience, offering students the opportunity to come together in one place to blend their academic, social and co-curricular lives. It has been supported by nearly 10,000 alumni, friends and students who have contributed more than $30 million.