The Texas Tech University Graduate Student Advisory Council today hosted the grand opening of the Graduate Center, in the basement level of the west wing of the Administration Building.
The center consists of more than 2,000 square feet of space dedicated to exclusive use by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
The ribbon cutting ceremony featured an address by Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis as well as remarks by Provost Lawrence Schovanec and Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School Mark Sheridan.
“The Graduate Center will serve as a valuable asset to our growing graduate program, and I look forward to watching this continued growth under the leadership of new dean, Dr. Mark Sheridan,” Nellis said. “This area will not only provide resources and meeting space for our graduate students, but also encourage and foster a more collaborative learning environment.”
Located at the very heart of campus, center provides graduate students and post-doctoral fellows much-needed meeting and networking space, quiet study/research space, a computer lab, dining area, conference room and a lounge.
The center will coordinate leadership, academic and professional development activities throughout the year. The Graduate Center and its associated programming is central to the university’s plans to support growth of the graduate student population and advancement of Texas Tech’s graduate community.
“Establishing the Graduate Center is an important first step in creating cohesive graduate student and post-doc community and in providing the necessary skills for students to succeed in their chosen careers,” Sheridan said.
Funding for the center was provided by student service fees and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Additional support was provided by the Graduate School and by a generous donation from Ron Thompson and the Sherwin-Williams Paint Store in Lubbock. The facility has been developed as a green project, featuring responsibly sourced and recycled and reused materials.