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Better and brighter: Bone Student Center revitalized

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The first phase of the Bone Student Center’s transformational revitalization was completed during the spring semester, with more work finished throughout the summer. Visitors can expect to see a more open, inviting concept for the building that has not had any major upgrades since it opened in October 1973. Entrances were reconfigured, and the east side enhancements now allow the Bone Student Center to provide a front door
to campus.

A three-story, east side addition includes a welcome desk and new lobby area; the relocated Barnes & Noble at Illinois State University; The Atrium; and a space housing the Office of Admissions’ campus visitor center and presentation room. Brown Ballroom was updated, and now can be divided into three separate areas to allow for more versatility. A foyer was added to the ballroom to accommodate pre-function activities. New food venues added include Starbucks, Qdoba, and The Landing.

The second phase of work involves relocating a catering kitchen to the first floor. The vacated kitchen on the second floor will be turned into offices for the Dean of Students Office, including Student Activities and Involvement; Leadership; Fraternity and Sorority Life; and University Program Board.

The third and final phase includes creating a three-venue retail dining area on the second floor, with Star Ginger and Timbers Grille joining Qdoba, which opened in March. The revitalization project announced in 2015 is expected to be completed in 2020.