Just as the Armstrong Student Center is poised to become the heart of student life on Miami University's campus, the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) is the heart of the Armstrong Student Center itself.
Miami counts its more than 400 student-led groups among its most compelling points of pride, yet fewer than 20 percent of those organizations can be housed within the Shriver Center, and many of the organizations are spread out across campus, making it difficult for Miami's student leaders to collaborate. As a central focus of Armstrong Student Center planning, the two-story SEAL will finally bring all of Miami's student groups together, providing office space, cubicles, meeting rooms, and suites for some of the university's most prominent student organizations.
As President David C. Hodge noted in his 2010 Annual Address, leadership development remains a pillar of the Miami Experience, and the SEAL will play a crucial role in enhancing these opportunities and promoting collaboration among Miami's student groups.
"Potential employers stress [leadership] when describing what they find attractive about Miami students," said Hodge. "Some of our leadership experiences come through course work, but much of it comes through the experiences our students have with the more than 400 student-led organizations on campus. We are working to coordinate and grow the various leadership opportunities available to students so that we can better prepare our students, as well as brand Miami as a university where student leadership experience is a core strength."
Comprised of more than 13,000 square-feet and including 20 student organization offices, six large student organization suites, and a leadership library, the SEAL offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and student groups to contribute to and be recognized within the Armstrong Student Center, and two Miami families are already leading the way.
Cliff Alexander '56, the benefactor of the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life & Leadership at Miami, has added to his impressive Miami legacy with a $200,000 gift to name the Cliff Alexander Leadership Library within the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership. This 800-square foot space is located in the heart of the SEAL and will serve as an inspiring setting where student leaders will gather to share ideas, create programming, and access resources.
Gary Tepas '64 has committed to a $250,000 gift to name the student organization suite that will house the Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and Panhellenic Association within the Armstrong Student Center. The nearly 600-square foot space will be named in honor of his daughter, Jessica '09, a former president of Miami's Panhellenic Association.
Additional naming opportunities within the SEAL, including suites for Associated Student Government (ASG), Student Activities, Publications (Miami Student and Recensio), and Multi-Cultural groups, are available by contacting Susie Brower Sadler '84, Director of Development for the Armstrong Student Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-529-9217.