About the Student Union
The Student Union is the focal point of campus and student life and is the heart of the university campus, a place where students, along with faculty and staff, can spend time with friends, collaborate on academic and leadership activities, and create an inclusive and welcoming campus community.
The UIS Student Union is a bright, vibrant space. The building opened January 14, 2018. The first Student Union on the UIS campus offers a formal ballroom, a Starbucks coffee shop, Student Leadership Center, on campus dining, meeting space, a game room, and lounges.
Executive Director – Ann Comerford
Associate Director – Ashley Hall
Monday – Friday 7:30a.m. – 12:00a.m.
Saturday – Sunday 10:30a.m. – 12:00a.m.
Hours adjusted during breaks and the summer
Student Union Manual
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Student Union?
A: Designed primarily for use by students, a student union serves as the center of students’ social and organizational activities. Student unions generally have expansive lounges and numerous booths and nooks to encourage discussion, collaboration, and study. Student Unions often also house restaurants and coffee shops that serve as gathering places to attract students, as well as a large space for conferences, events, and gatherings, and offices for student government and organizations. (The UIS Student Union will have all of the above attributes.)
Q: Why is a Student Union so important to a university campus?
A: A Student Union brings students together for activities and opportunities that build a closer, more familiar student body. At a Student Union, students gain a sense of belonging and become more deeply engaged in the campus community: it’s a place to see and be seen and a place where students can become known by sight first and then by name.
Q: How big is the Student Union?
A: 50,000 square feet. It includes a large main floor, an intermediate tier, and an upper floor.
Q: How is the Student Union to be funded?
A: Student fees, together with other funds, will provide about $13.75 million for the project. The other $8 million will come from fundraising.