Danforth University Center dedication celebration begins

To celebrate the dedication of the William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth University Center (DUC) April 17, events have been planned most days in April leading up to the dedication to generate student, staff and faculty interest.

“We’re very excited to be celebrating the dedication of this gorgeous building,” said Leslie Heusted, assistant director for programming/marketing at the Danforth University Center. “We’ve decided to showcase at least one event most days of the month to acknowledge and celebrate how the Washington University community has come to use the DUC and get them excited about what we have to offer here and about the building itself.”

The ceremony marking the dedication begins at 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Graham Chapel and features a range of speakers, including Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth.

At its conclusion, guests will gather at the north entrance to the center for a ribbon-cutting and reception.

The three-story, 116,000-square-foot facility features dining areas, lounges, meeting rooms, and offices for student leaders and student services professional staff. It was designed to be a gathering place not only for students but also for the entire community — faculty, staff, friends, parents, alumni and visitors.

In January, the building received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED rating system is a third-party certification program and a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of environmentally friendly buildings.

The schedule of events:

April 1. Build a DUC(k)s, Tisch Commons, noon-2 p.m.

April 3. Dollar Dogs and outdoor activities, noon-4 p.m.

April 4. March Madness Final Four Watch Zone, Fun Room, 6 p.m.

April 6. Locks of Love, Fun Room, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

April 7. Tuesday Tea@3, Tisch Commons, 3 p.m.; Service Trip Reunion, Tisch Commons, 7-8 p.m.

April 8. Student Union Senate Meeting, DUC 276, 9 p.m.

April 9. Chamber Music Series, Formal Lounge, 8 p.m.

April 10. Soapbox, Tisch Commons, noon; Cafénated, The Café, 10 p.m.

April 13. Multicultural Leadership Roundtable, DUC 233, noon.

April 14. Monthly Lunch With Professors, DUC 248, noon.

April 15. Graduate Student Senate Faculty Mentoring Awards, Formal Lounge, 4:30-6 p.m.

April 16. Sweet Candy Stand, north arcade, noon-2 p.m.

April 17. Danforth University Center Dedication Activities.

The events are sponsored by the Alumni and Development Office, Campus Life, Community Service Office, Connect 4, the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences, Dining Services, Graduate Student Senate, Locks of Love, Office of Student Activities, Political Science Student Association and Student Union.

For more information on the month’s events, call 935-3964.