Welcome to the Erb Memorial Union 2011-12 Annual Report!
This has been a year defined by exploration. As we start the journey towards renovation and expansion of the EMU students, staff and the campus community were engaged to help describe what the realm of the possible could look like in a new student union. Following a competitive selection process, the architectural firms of AC Martin (Los Angeles) and SERA (Portland) were chosen to assist us in defining this way ahead. The expectation of an inclusive, transparent and thoughtful process has never been higher. Unfortunately, the scope and complexity of the renovation project combined with the steep initial cost estimates resulted in two student referendums that failed to support an additional building fee for the project. There is little disagreement as to the need for renovation; our challenge is to deliver a project scope that provides a level of value that students can support amidst challenging economic times.
As you will see in this report, EMU Programs and Services continue to be diverse in their subject matter and transforming in their impact, touching over 12,000 people on an average academic day. Overall, the student experience is enriched and nurtured through the quality and innovation of EMU programs and services. The following pages celebrate this year’s many achievements and highlights such as:
Interim Director, Erb Memorial Union