Your Union Today

(2010-Today)

Today, your K-State Student Union continues to serve as host to campus and the community. Housing one of the area's largest banquet facilities, premier food services and cutting-edge programs, the Union continues to serve students' everyday needs. As student needs change, so do Union services and programs. In the next ten years, your Union will undergo another major renovation that was voted on and funded by K-State students. However, your Union is more than mortar and bricks; it's the heartbeat of K-State. It's the campus living room, where students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends gather. Every K-State student has a fond memory of their Union. Whether hanging out with friends, seeing a famous speaker or comedian, attending meetings, enjoying an art exhibit or catching a quick nap in-between classes, the Union will always be a special place. 

Highlights

  • Skywalk connecting Union and Parking Garage opened
  • Bill Smriga named sixth Union Director
  • $25 million renovation referendum passed
  • Workshop Architects and Bowman Bowman Novick Inc. selected to design renovation
 January 2010 The K-State Parking Garage skywalk opened allowing easier, direct access to the Union's facilities, services and programs. 
 June 2010 The K-State Message Board was constructed on Anderson Avenue giving campus organizations and entities an opportunity to advertise their programs to the Manhattan community. 
 September 2010 Chartwells renovated the Union Foodcourt.  
 September 2010 Einstein Brothers Bagels opened in Hale Library.
 Spring 2011 Denny's Express opened in the Union Foodcourt. 
 Spring 2011  The K-State Veterans Center opened in the former KSU Office Supply location. 
 August 2011 Bill Smriga became the sixth director of the K-State Student Union. 
 January 2013 Sodexo was contracted to operate Union Food Service. 
 April 2013 Nearly 75 percent of students voting in an April referendum supported a $25 million renovation project for the Union. The enhancements included expanded student organization space, dining facilities and retail options. 
 July 2013 Follett Higher Education Group assumed management responsibility for the Union bookstore, now called the K-State Campus Store. 
September 2013 Partnering firms of Workshop Architects and Bowman Bowman Novick Inc. win the bid to develop a comprehensive architectural building program, conceptual design and phasing recommendations for the upcoming $25 million renovation and expansion of the Union.
September 2014 Workshop Architects and Bowman Bowman Novick Inc. are selected to design the final plans for the K-State Student Union renovation.
August 2015 The Union begins relocating various offices, departments and organizations in order to prepare for the upcoming Your Union renovation.
September 2015 The K-State campus, Manhattan community and surrounding area celebrated the groundbreaking for Your Union renovation outside the north entrance of the K-State Student Union. 
December 2015 The Union Food Court closes for business, to be replaced with mini-restaurants that will offer a variety of food choices and seating locations when the project is completed. A rotating schedule of food trucks rolls onto Bosco Student Plaza, bringing with them a variety of food options to campus.
August 2016

The first major features of the new renovation begin rolling out, including Qdoba Mexican Eats and Panda Express, an open-air Union Courtyard, the new South Entrance, a restructured Campus Store, and a refreshed Second Floor.