January 2014, marks the official completion of Phase 1 of the University Center Transformation Project. The UC North offices, which include the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life, Center for Student Media, Center for Student Involvement, LGBT Resource Center, Veterans' Services, Women's Resource Center, International Student & Scholar Services and student organizations offices and carrel spaces, will be open to serve and support the entire UH campus.
The University Center Phase 1 Opening, will also feature the new Student Government Association Senate Chamber, a 450-seat Theater, Woodforest National Bank, the new two-level Barnes and Noble Bookstore @ the University of Houston, Creation Station, and the Games Room, along with new food options featuring a full service Starbucks, McDonald's, Panda Express and Chick-Fil-A. In celebration, many opening events have been planned to showcase these new and relocated resources in the building.
The NEW UC Opening festivities kick-off with the UC North Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, January 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in the UC North Collaborative Lounge. The week of events are highlighted by the World Trade Center Artifact Dedication on January 29th at 1:00 PM and the Theater Opening on January 30th starting at noon. The New UC opening events will include free food, musical performances, Cougar merchandise, movies, step show performances, a comedian, and much more.
UC North Ribbon Cutting
10:00AM - UC North Collaborative Lounge
After six years of planning and almost 18 months of construction, University Center North, the new home of campus involvement, is opening its doors to the student body. Join us as we celebrate the New UC and the first new addition to the University Centers since 1970.
UC North Open House
10:00AM – 2:00PM - Throughout University Center North
From 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, the departments and student organizations located in UC North will be hosting open houses throughout the building to showcase their services and opportunities to get involved. Departments and organizations participating include:
- Coog Radio
- Council of Ethnic Organizations
- The Daily Cougar
- Frontier Fiesta Association
- Homecoming Board
- Metropolitan Volunteer Program
- Student Government Association
- Student Program Board
- Student Video Network
- Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life
- Center for Student Involvement
- Center for Student Media
- LGBT Resource Center
- Veterans’ Services Office
- Women’s Resource Center
Barnes and Noble @ The University of Houston
8:00AM – 6:30PM at the UH Bookstore First Floor
Join us for all the excitement as we open your new University bookstore. Don't miss your chance to win prizes and get your first look at the new offerings at the new Barnes & Noble @ the University Houston.
Barnes and Noble @ The University of Houston
2:30PM - UH Bookstore First Floor
Bring your Cougar Spirit and help us officially cut the ribbon in celebration of the opening of the new Barnes & Noble @ the University Houston.
UC Food Court Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
10:30AM – 11:30AM - New UC Food Court
You are invited to a celebration that has never tasted or smelled so good. Drop by the NEW UC food court featuring, McDonald’s, Panda Express and Chick-Fil-a for the official ribbon cutting.
UC Dining Services Food Service Activities
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM New UC Food Court
Before and after the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, take pictures with some of our special guests, like the Chick-Fil- A cow, while entering drawings to win great prizes as part of New UC Food Court opening festivities.
World Trade Center Memorial Dedication Ceremony
1:00PM - University Center World Trade Center Monument and Reflection Garden
Beginning in September 2009, the Student Government Association worked with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to procure of piece of structural steel from the World Trade Center and bring it to campus as a memorial to honor those who fell on September 11th, the first responders, and all those in uniform who protect our country. On January 29th, the Student Government Association and the University Center are dedicating the Memorial and Reflection Garden in front of the University Center Theater.
UC Theater Opening Events
12:00PM – 10:00PM at the University Center Theater
The University Center will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the UC Theater with movies, a comedy show, step performances and much more. All the fun begins at noon with a Ceremonial Ribbon cutting. Come out and celebrate with us as we unveil this new beautiful 450-seat theater.
Aaron Parazette Art Opening – “Remembering Next Summer”
2:00PM Outside the UC Theater
Aaron Parazette, a member of faculty in the UH School of Art as well as an award-winning artist, is painting two new murals in the transformed University Center. Please join us as we celebrate the completion of his first piece, “Remembering Next Summer”.
Games Room Open House
10:00PM – 1:00AM at the UC Games Room
Drop by the Games Room for FREE play featuring GLOW bowling, billiards, table tennis, and arcade games. Come out and discover the newest place on campus to unwind and play games.