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Student_Union_First_Day_Open_006_1.jpg Photos: University of Illinois-Springfield
Students crowd the upgraded dining venues relocated to the new UIS Student Union on its first day of operation.

New union complex gives campus a social hub

University of Illinois-Springfield’s recently unveiled Student Union building includes several dining outlets, among them the school’s first Starbucks and several relocated retail venues.

How do you build community on a college campus? Well, first you need a venue. That’s what was always lacking at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), where an enrollment of some 5,000 students has traditionally tended to scatter when not taking classes if for no other reason than there was really no place on campus to gather.

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