University of Miami Receives $20 Million for New Student Center

The University of Miami has announced a $20 million gift from the Fairholme Foundation to build a new student activities center on its Coral Gables campus.

Scheduled to be completed in August 2013, the 119,000-square-foot center will include various gathering places, programming space, a suite for student organizations, retail outlets, and a new Rathskellar — the popular campus meeting place. Among other things, the center will serve as a headquarters for student news media, including the Miami Hurricane, the IBIS yearbook, and the School of Law's student publications, and will feature a multipurpose room with seating for eight hundred and a panoramic vie of the lake.

During construction of the center, the four-decade-old Whitten University Center will be renovated to include new public spaces, a swimming pool deck, upgraded meeting rooms, and an enhanced terraced patio and performance stage for campus events.

"The new Student Center Complex will provide students with an ideal home for programs, services, and collaboration that will support their academic pursuits," said Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs at the university. "This magnificent and multifaceted complex will fulfill a variety of functions vital to student life at the University of Miami."

"." University of Miami Press Release 04/06/2011.