Farewell to the Marshall Center Sept. 24

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2008) – Before the wrecking ball swings into action, the University of South Florida is saying good-bye to its old student center which was used by thousands of past and present students and alumni, faculty and administrators. The USF community will gather in the shadow of the new Marshall Student Center Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. adjacent to the Beef O’Brady’s patio for a ceremonial parting glance. Refreshments will be served.

Sharing memories during the ceremony will be: USF President Judy Genshaft; Vice President of Student Affairs Jennifer Meningall; Jim Vastine, a member of USF’s first graduating class; Greg Jackson, a Marshall Center employee with over 25 years of service; Phyllis Marshall’s cousin, Jack Harris; and Greg Morgan, current student government president.

Completed in 1960, the building originally was called the University Center and renamed in 1994 for Phyllis P. Marshall, the center’s long-time director. The building will be replaced by a striking new plaza.

“Phyllis Marshall was instrumental in developing student life here at USF,” said Guy Conway, assistant vice president of student affairs. “It is fitting that the stunning new building continues to carry her name and that a beautiful new gathering place for students and everyone on campus will exist where the old building once stood. I think she would be very pleased to see how her work has progressed.”

Actual demolition will begin after the construction company finishes gutting the building. The knocking down of the building will follow and is expected to be finished by year’s end.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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