Campus Celebrates Opening of Expanded Bronco Student Center

Campus Celebrates Opening of Expanded Bronco Student Center
President Bob Suzuki and ASI President Uwaifo Obanor cut the ribbon during opening ceremonies for the Bronco Student Center.
The recently opened Bronco Student Center.

The campus community joined Associated Students Inc. (ASI) in celebrating completion of the Bronco Student Center expansion project with a Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony on April 29 in University Park.

President Bob H. Suzuki congratulated those involved with the project, referring to the Bronco Student Center as ?remarkable achievement? that will ?benefit the campus community for many decades to come.?

?It will greatly enhance the sense of community on campus by providing a superb gathering place for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and guests,? Suzuki said. ?It is a wonderful legacy for future generations of students on this campus.?

The Bronco Student Center serves as a gathering space for the campus community, providing diverse programs and services. The $25 million expansion and renovation project doubled the size of the 30-year-old structure to better accommodate the university?s nearly 20,000 students.

Formerly the University Union, the name was changed to reflect new features of the facility. The newly added wing includes an 11,000-square-foot Bronco Fitness Center, a theater, a 500-seat food court, an 800-seat multipurpose room, additional meeting rooms and new dining options that will be opening later this summer.

Jeff Hoffman, ASI associate director for marketing and programs, said in the few weeks since it opened, thousands have already used the Bronco Student Center for club meetings, university events and to study.

Others speaking at the ceremony included Uwaifo Obanor, ASI president; Tomas Morales, vice president for student affairs; Cora Culla, ASI executive director; and Kyle Williams, the former ASI president who helped start the expansion and renovation project in 1995.

Among the many dignitaries attending were Christopher C. O?Hearn, president of Mt. San Antonio College; Walnut Councilman Joaquin Lim; and Rick Leffingwell, Rosa Renaud and Angelique Sutanto from the Chancellor?s Office of California.

In addition to the ceremonial ribbon cutting, Suzuki, Obanor and ASI Vice President Jesse Cerda unveiled a bronze dedication plaque on the front of the new addition. The plaque reads: ?The Gathering Place. The Bronco Student Center embodies the life, spirit and excellence of Cal Poly Pomona through its diverse programs, services and facilities. As the center of the campus community, the Bronco Student Center is committed to the intellectual, social, spiritual and physical development of all who spend time here ? students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends and guests.?

Students, staff and faculty gather in the lobby following a Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony for the Bronco Student Center.