You've got a chance Monday to bid the Memorial Student Center at A&M farewell for a few years.
In a 9 a.m. ceremony, the university will commemorate the closing of the M-S-C for major renovation. It will be worked on into 2012.
In addition to housing the bookstore, an art gallery, student activities and a hotel, the M-S-C was dedicated in 1951 to honor those Aggies who have given their lives in service to the nation.
The following is a press release from Texas A&M on the closing event:
Texas A&M University officials and student leaders plan a brief ceremony Monday (Aug. 17) at the Memorial Student Center to commemorate its closing for major renovation and expansion.
The 9 a.m. ceremony will be held at the MSC’s traditional entrance facing Simpson Drill Field.
“Since its dedication on Muster Day (April 21) 1951, the Memorial Student Center has welcomed many generations of Aggies to Texas A&M University,” says MSC President Stephanie Burns. She adds that it has become a living tradition at the university and has served as a center for hundreds of activities, meetings and events on campus.
“The MSC Renovation and Expansion project will bring much-needed improvements and enhancements to the building, and we look forward to 2012 when the Memorial Student Center will welcome Aggies once again,” Burns notes, adding that the ceremony formally transfers the status of the facility from that of a memorial to that of a construction site.
The MSC was dedicated to honor Aggies who have given their lives in service of their country and it housed the the Medal of Honor plaques for the seven Aggies who earned that honor. In preparation for the renovation, those plaques have been relocated to the Exhibit Hall in the Rudder Theatre Complex.
Also relocated during the construction period are the art galleries, offices, campus services and student organizations housed in the MSC. For a list of those relocations, go to: http://msclivingtradition.tamu.edu/relocationplan.html.
For artist renderings of the completed expansion and renovation, go to: http://msclivingtradition.tamu.edu/ArchRenderings.html.
For a history of the building, including photos, go to http://msclivingtradition.tamu.edu/history.html.