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USD celebrates Muenster University Center expansion with grand opening

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will celebrate the expansion of the Muenster University Center with a grand opening at noon on Monday, Jan. 13.

The brand new, 31,000 square foot addition not only offers expanded seating with booth and table areas, it also introduces contemporary dining options with national brands Chick-fil-A, Qdoba and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

“The campus community is very excited for the completion of this project, especially knowing the significance of the MUC and what it means to our student body,” added Jeff Baylor, vice president of Marketing, Enrollment and Student Services at USD. “Since its opening in 2009, the Muenster University Center has served as the focal point of our campus. It’s USD’s ‘living room’ so to speak.”

The celebration includes lunchtime entertainment on Monday and throughout the rest of the week as well as giveaways during the Monday lunch hour and USD student leaders serving as hosts and hostesses. In addition to celebrating the opening of the new seating and dining areas, the Muenster University Center will also debut its new media wall: 16, 60-inch HDTVs spanning 16 feet along the south wall of the cafeteria area.

The Muenster University Center celebration will continue with “Community Night” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. Families and individuals from Vermillion and surrounding communities are invited to dine at the new food court, attend a basketball game or visit the Wellness Center. The USD men’s basketball team will host IUPUI at 7 p.m. at the DakotaDome. High school students will be admitted free while family members will receive a 50 percent ticket discount. Vouchers for the free admission will be available at the MUC. The Wellness Center will be free to visitors from Thursday night through the weekend.

For more information about the Muenster University Center or the grand opening celebration, please contact USD Marketing & University Relations at (605) 677-5759 or email


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News