students converse in Student Experience Center

Summer 2015 —  Oregon State University’s new Student Experience Center (SEC), which opened in April, is the new home to multiple departments and organizations that serve students, including the Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU), International Resource Center, Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC) and Center for Civic Engagement.

The SEC brings a sense of community to the OSU campus by locating departments that emphasize student life together in one building.

Shelby Holteen, the MUPC community and relations coordinator, says that there are benefits of having a building like the SEC available to the student body. “The SEC is … by far the most uniting building on all of campus,” Holteen said. “The organizations in the SEC do not stand alone, they all overlap and join together, which I think really reflects the attitude of OSU in general.”

The SEC project was student led with ASOSU and Memorial Union presidents playing a lead role in the 10-year process. The new building is taking steps to care for the environment by using energy efficient lighting, passive/natural ventilation and highly efficient mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.