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UW Welcomes the Sullivan Family Student Center

Tamara Linse

Volume 12, Number 3 | May 2011

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In January, the College of Education dedicated its state-of-the-art student center in honor of former U.S. Ambassador and Wyoming Governor Mike Sullivan, his wife Jane, and the Sullivan family.

"The Sullivan family has been a good friend of the University of Wyoming for many years, and I'm very pleased that this new student center honors their many contributions," UW President Tom Buchanan says. "It reflects well upon the commitment of the Sullivans to UW and the education of our students. And it is one of the most visually appealing locations we have on campus. Our students will enjoy it tremendously."

The Sullivan Family Student Center will serve as a hub for student activities and is a further renovation and improvement to the UW College of Education Annex. The Annex was remodeled in recent years in order to accommodate the development of technologically enhanced model classrooms. The center was created by a gift from Mickey and Jeanne Klein of Austin, Texas, friends of UW and of the Sullivans. This gift was doubled by the Wyoming Legislature's state matching program.

"Jane and I are thrilled with the opportunity to be involved with the University of Wyoming and the College of Education in enhancing the educational environment at the Campus in Laramie," Gov. Sullivan says. "The Sullivan Family Student Center represents a family legacy of four generations of association with, and education by, one of Wyoming's most important and beloved institutions. We are deeply honored and particularly grateful for the friendship and generosity of Jeanne and Mickey Klein who have made this remarkable space possible. Nothing is more important to the future of the State of Wyoming than educating its young people, and we are confidentthis center will contribute to that mission for many generations to come."

The recent renovation has created a cultural hub for the College of Education—a comfortable gathering place for students where they can meet, hold informal study groups, and receive important announcements.

Its gathering space is enclosed by bamboo millwork feature walls and a two-story white raised-relief map of the State of Wyoming and is furnished with round tables and cherry red modern seating. Ceiling lighting combines naturalistic sinuous fixtures with geometric yellow and orange shades, and an exhibition of historic photos line the walls. These elements combine to create a unique space, further adding to the visual appeal of campus.

The center was designed by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects), an award-winning architecture firm led by partners Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis, and the building contractor was Elk Ridge Builders & Design of Laramie. The Sullivan Family Student Center is featured in the March issue of Interior Design Magazine.

 

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