With the opening of the new CLA building, over 9,000 Liberal Arts students now have a place to call home: The Martin Dies Student Center.
This shared, multifunctional space, exclusive to Liberal Arts undergraduates, provides a sense of community and ownership to an expansive student body that has been spread across diverse spaces on the Forty Acres.
With their ID, students can gather at the center and work on independent study, collaborate, or just hang out with other Liberal Arts students. Mallory Foutch, a senior who serves as Communications Director for the Liberal Arts Council, explains the importance of the Martin Dies Student Center: “Other colleges, such as Communication, Fine Arts, Engineering, and Architecture have had their own student gathering places for some time. This space is very welcoming, and the outside tables are very nice.”
In addition to workspaces and large screen monitor hook-ups for shared use, there is a conference room, which seats 15-18 people, available for other Liberal Arts student organization meetings.
A direct doorway provides access to the College of Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS) Center, which provides academic support and peer-to-peer mentoring for students in academic difficulty. Plus, a special deal with the New York Times will make newspapers available to students every day through the end of the spring semester.
Current Liberal Arts undergraduates should make sure their ID has been upgraded the newer “proximity card” for access to the Dies Student Center. There is no charge for this upgrade. Contact the ITS ID Center for more information: http://www.utexas.edu/its/idcenter/