Ribbon-cutting, appreciation sale mark new bookstore opening


University Advancement Vice President Wendy Lauderdale, Southeastern students
Chamberlain Scott, Bola Adams and Chelsea Magee, University President  John L. Crain,
and Regional Manager Ann Barlow (front row left to right), joined by Follett Group Vice President
Joey Caron (back row left to right), Follett President Don Germano and Vice President of
Administration and Finance Sam Domiano, laugh as the ribbon is cut at the new University Bookstore. 
The Lion’s Roar /Heather Jewell

Despite being open in its newest location since March 9, the new bookstore on campus held its official reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony last week. 

Lasting only a moment, at 1 p.m. last Tuesday, various school officials stood alongside university president John L. Crain as he cut the green ribbon, representing the store’s new start. For the event, various sales were instituted throughout the store.

Due to the relocation, the bookstore also gained an estimated 3,000 square feet. Students can expect an even larger quantity of products such as Lion apparel, class books and manuals, gifts, school and technology supplies, scantrons, workbooks and snacks. In stock are also various bathroom supplies.

“Product lines have been expanding, including selections of Alumni gifts and clothing and Athletic sideline apparel.  The art supply area will [also] be expanded with input from the Art Department,” said Robin Parker, director of marketing strategy.

With large floor to ceiling windows, merchandise entices passerby to come inside.  

“I am always hanging around the union; I like to grab a coffee at Starbucks in the morning to get me through my morning class and then I like to kill time here between classes as well. I’m really glad the bookstore is right here because now I can get erasable highlighters quickly too,” said sophomore business management major Alexis Chustz.

The relocation was a part of Phase Two of the Student Union renovation project, which will continue until its completion later this year. Phase Two is still underway with the relocation of various offices to rooms across from the University Bookstore.

The project has been under construction for over a year. During Phase Three, a new Center for Student Excellence, University Counseling Center and University Health Center will open at the location of the old bookstore.

 “What I like most about the new bookstore is the positive reactions that it is generating among students, faculty, staff and visitors from the community,” said Parker.

Construction has impacted students’ routes to classes for the past two years. With the bookstore now relocated and the union breezeway reopened, a smoother flow of student traffic has resulted.