By Melany Miller
Utah Valley State College broke ground for the $11 million dollar Sorenson Student Center expansion June 6.
Kerry Romesburg, president of UVSC, said the project is the only one in Utah to be completely funded by students.
Plans for the student center include a food court, conference rooms, ballroom, computer lab and retail space.
Romesburg said with the current growth trends of UVSC, the school’s enrollment will reach 30,000 by 2008. Plans for future expansions are constantly being created.
The student center was named after Wilson Sorenson, UVSC president emeritus.
“It’s quite an honor. I protested at the time. The building should be named after what they do, not after me. But I got outvoted,” Sorenson said.
Sorenson is a BYU graduate in industrial education. He was UVSC president, then called Central Utah Vocational School, from 1945 to 1982.
Senior director of UVSC Auxiliary Services Ken Matthews said the highly anticipated groundbreaking represents years of planning and preparation.
“We are very excited to get this project started. Once completed, the new center will be an awesome facility that will give the students the space they need,” Matthews said.
The center is scheduled to be completed in November 2001.