Student, Alumni Gifts Support New South Student Center

Several benefactors have stepped forward in recent months with major gifts to support construction of the New South Student Center—including a $2 million gift from Georgetown University students themselves—building momentum for the $15.5 million project.
 
Officials hope to break ground in 2013 for the center, which will transform dormant space in New South residence hall into a vibrant new “living room” for Hoyas, complete with a restaurant/pub, study lounges, dance studios, a game area, a large multipurpose space and breakout rooms. 
 
Earlier this year, students voted overwhelmingly to allocate $2.04 million from the Student Activities Fee Endowment fund to construct a south terrace and make improvements to a first-level entrance for the center. Due to budget limitations, these features were not part of the original architectural plans, so they are value-added additions to the project. 
 
“There’s no more impactful project that students could commit their own money to than this student center,” said Taylor Price (B’10, SCS’12), who helped put the project on the student referendum. “This is a long-term solution that will benefit thousands of students for decades to come.”
 
“The students have been saying for years that more places on campus—more space for social functions, more space for club activities, more dining options and late-night programming—were needed, and they have stepped up in a big way to make this happen,” said Todd Olson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. 
 
Other significant gifts to support the project include one from an anonymous donor and another from Thomas A. Reynolds III (B’74), a former member of the Board of Directors. “I remember from my own days on campus how important it is to have these outside-the-classroom gathering spots; they’re what make Georgetown feel like a community, a home,” said Reynolds. 
 
As of mid-March, more than $4.5 million had been raised for the project, not counting the student allocation. Officials must raise most of the funds for the project before construction can begin. 
 
The New South Student Center will not replace the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center. It is intended to supplement it, providing much-needed resources to the southern end of campus, where many more students now live, thanks to the completion of the Southwest Quad in 2003. The dormant space in New South that will encompass the new student center was once the campus dining hall. That facility was replaced by the Southwest Quad’s Leo J. O’Donovan Hall. 
 
Building the New South Student Center is one of the strategic priorities of the For Generations to Come campaign. Learn more about the New South Student Center and ways you can support it.