by Hannah Fair, Student Public Relations Writer
Walking through the Stevens Student Center you will see a larger-than-life 22-foot tall by 35 ½ -foot wide yellow jacket mascot on the wall. When you glance to your right, the vibrant blues and whites familiar to the Cedarville community will pop on the walls. New paint, carpet, signs, artwork: same passionate and lively student community.
The purpose of the redesign was to create a more community feel in the student center. With the color scheme that matches Cedarville’s athletic colors, the SSC now reflects vibrant student community. And, with improved directional signage, the facility becomes more user-friendly for outside guests and prospective students.
“The Stevens Student Center has many functions and, when it was originally designed, the aesthetic focused on more formal functions such as theatre performances, conferences, banquets and career fairs,” said Chad Jackson, creative director. “Our goal this summer has been to transition this formal aesthetic to something that better reflects the vibrant student life we have here at Cedarville.”
The upstairs lobby and hallways have new carpet, paint, directional signs and new artwork that reflects Cedarville. The lower lobby was partially updated in recent years, so only portions had to be repainted and recarpeted. The event rooms are also being repainted and recarpeted. The admissions front office is being recarpeted. The career services office lobby is being repainted.
“We also want the space to reflect the character and values of Cedarville so guests are informed and students are reminded of who we are,” Jackson explained. “My hope is that every person who walks into the student center will feel welcomed, energized and excited about being on campus.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.