The Student Center was a multi-purpose building where off-campus students could relax as well as serving the daily needs of all students. In 1968, the office of Student Affairs created a proposal for a new center that would better serve the students:
A Proposal for Construction of a New Student Union for Rollins College September 1968 Prepared by: Office of Student Affairs
PROPOSAL A student union is the community center of the College, for all the members of the College family - students, faculty, administration, and guests. Besides being part of the educational program of the College, the union provides the services, conveniences, and amenities the members of the College family need in their daily life on the campus. The union serves as an informal educational medium for supplementing the academic education of the students, and in so far as possible, for relating the academic and non-academic factors of education - that the student's total training and experience may be well-rounded. For these purposes, it is proposed that a new student Center be built on the Rollins College campus.
PROBLEM The present student union has inadequate facilities for the expanded body of Rollins College. The present facilities lack the physical equipment and space to fulfill the purposes of a modern student center. A union should be the heart and center of a college community, both socially and culturally. It should be able to provide an atmosphere of "creative leisure" and enhance the students extra-curricular involvement. The present union is only able to house a minority of the student body's needs. It is composed of a snack bar, post office, two pool tables, one ping pong table, student publication offices, and student government offices. These small facilities force the student body to travel to off campus locations for social, cultural, and recreational events which should be part of daily college living.
NEED The need for a new student center is critical in the continued expansion of Rollins and her ability to keep the Rollins family cohesive. The union will provide facilities for cultural, social, and recreational events which are part of campus life but are presently unavailable.
DESCRIPTION The new student center will contain these facilities: An exhibition room for art exhibits A music room for enjoyment An auditorium for lectures and talent programs A snack bar equipped to handle 300 students Several meeting rooms for student organizations and clubs A television lounge A general relaxation lounge Ten bowling alleys Ten billiard tables Sandspur office (student newspaper) Flamingo office (student literary magazine) Tomokon office (student yearbook) Student government offices (twelve in number) Student canter offices (five in number) Darkroom and photography work room Offices for the Office of Student Affairs Bookstore Post Office Card rooms Twenty guest rooms for visiting dignitaries, lecturers, athletes, alumni, and visitors A student rathskellar A faculty lounge An outdoor terrace and dance patio
All facilities of a similar nature will be located in close proximity. There will be a demarcation of quiet areas of the building from the social-recreational activities.
COST For the construction of a new Rollins College Student Union, we request $2,500,000.00.
LOCATION It Is proposed that the new student center be located on the site of Lakeside Hail (an antiquated dormitory) and the temporary maintenance offices. This would give the center a lakeside location further enhancing its beauty and recreational use. An outdoor swimming pool would be located adjacent to the Student Center.