Student Union (Oklahoma State University)
|Oklahoma State University
The Oklahoma State University Student Union
|Renovated||1960, 1965, 2000, and 2011|
|Floor area||543,411 square feet (50,484.5 m2)|
Billed as the largest student union in the world, the Oklahoma State University Student Union is a student activity center for meetings, conferences, meals, recreation, and shopping for students and alumni on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Constructed in 1951, the Student Union covers 543,411 square feet (50,484.5 m2), and serves as one of the most comprehensive unions in the world. The Student Union was the first union in the United States to be completely funded by self-liquidating bonds. Three major expansions of the Union took place in 1960, 1965, and 2000, with an adjacent parking garage built in 1970. As of 2008, planning is underway for another renovation to the Student Union. The Student Union will mostly be closed during the 2010 - 2011 academic school year for renovation; with the majority of student services relocated to several places around campus like the Classroom Building basement or the "UToo" temporary building. However, some services will remain in the Union.
The Union contains the modern 81-room Atherton Hotel at OSU (formerly known simply as the Student Union Hotel), maintained by the Oklahoma State School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration. The Atherton is named for Oklahoma State alum Bill Atherton and serves as a living classroom for Hotel and Restaurant Administration students while providing luxury boutique hotel services for guests.
The Union is also home to the luxurious Ranchers Club restaurant, a 550-seat theater, art exhibits, lounges, meeting rooms, an extensive food court, bookstores, the OSU Student Store, a recreation center, post office, travel agency, athletic ticket office, and multiple university offices. Many student organizations, including the Student Union Activities Board, are centered at the Union.