LEICESTER, Mass. — Becker College dedicated the George F. And Sybil H. Fuller Campus Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning on its Leicester campus.
"Becker College is a tremendous resource for the Worcester community, and our trustees feel strongly that our investment in this magnificent new building will improve the student experience," said Mark W. Fuller, chairman of the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. "We are proud and honored to be recognized this way."
Completed this summer, the new Campus Center is a 35,727-square-foot facility with a 254-seat dining hall, quiet study space with computers, a game room and fitness center, and an outdoor patio. It cost $9.5 million to build.
It's great for the college to invest in its infrastructure, said state Sen. Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury).
"It's an opportunity for kids to expand their skills and education," he said. "One thing we focus on in Massachusetts is education and creating jobs. But we have to make sure we have students who have skills to fill those jobs, and this helps ensure that we have students graduating from our colleges and universities to go out and find successful employment."
Student Government Association President Brooke Cote said she was proud to be a Becker student "and to have the college show its dedication, commitment and belief in us by fundraising and doing all the hard work to get this new campus center open for this fall."
The new Leicester facility was also drawing students from Becker's campus in Worcester, Cote said. "This building has truly united our two campuses."
Renovations were also completed at the adjacent Student Center, including a new Health and Wellness Suite that tripled the size of its previous space as well as a new and expanded bookstore.
"Let this be a place where our college community comes together to engage in the transformational experience that is a Becker College education," Becker College President Robert Johnson said. "And as we do so, let us not forget the hundreds of people who gave their time, talent, and treasure to make this day possible. Moving forward, this building sets a new standard for excellence in all we do."