Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Past, Present, and Future: ADUC

A building that all are familiar with, is the Adron Doran University Center, or as most know it, “ADUC.”

 As the building undergoes a renovation and expansion, we can reflect on what this multi-purpose facility has provided for MSU and what it will offer generations to come.

Built in 1956 on the site of the first campus building, this three-story building has already been expanded two previous times; once in 1969 and once in 2005.  ADUC was originally known as the Doran Student House, and was named in honor of Dr. Adron Doran, the seventh president of the University, who served from 1954 to 1977. 
During his 23-year tenure as President of Morehead State University, Dr. Adron Doran brought the former state college to university status and oversaw a building program that changed the skyline of the Rowan County town that gave its name to the school.
He became President in 1954, retiring in 1977 with the title of President Emeritus. From 1952-54, he had been secretary of the Kentucky Council on Public Higher Education and director of the Division of Teacher Education and Certification for the Kentucky State Department of Education. For a year previous he had been visiting professor of education at the University of Georgia.
Doran also was a minister of the Church of Christ, and was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives four times (1943-51). He was Speaker of the House from 1950 to 1951. He was a member of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (1943-44 and 1950-51), a participant in the White House Conference on Education of the Disadvantaged in 1966, the White House Conference on Education, 1955 and 1965, and Chairman of the N.E.A. Legislative Commission in 1966.
ADUC has been home to numerous student operations, including the offices of Student Success, Student Government Association, Student Programming Board, Disability Services, Multicultural Student Services, Conference Services, Student Activities and Greek Life, and the Office of University Outreach.  It has also housed the University Post Office, the University Bookstore, and various meeting rooms.  

Dining services were located on the second floor with Aramark, Starbucks, Taco Bell, catering, and more.

With the newest renovation and expansion to the ADUC, the facility will nearly double in size over a 22-month period.  The project will increase student services and amenities on campus with more restaurant-style accommodations, extended hours, and a modern atmosphere for students to collaborate and have a truly invaluable experience while at MSU.

Once it re-opens, ADUC will provide a theater to serve for orientation of new students and a space for current students to use for events and meetings.  A sports pub and tech lounge will offer new experiences that students can incorporate into their college experience.  There will be multiple dining lounges for students and expanded eatery options. These include a Steak ‘n’ Shake, Which Which, Moe’s, a coffee lounge, and a Brick Oven Pizza Parlor – adding to the several already favorite options offered by Aramark. 

A Business Center, Admissions and Welcome Center, Card Services, and an expanded space for student life and activities will make this facility better than anything MSU has offered.

The addition to ADUC will also create an outdoor area for students to gather, highlighting the beauty of the geographic location in the heart of Daniel Boone National Forrest.  This is the first step in creating a “Great Lawn” area that will provide a pedestrian friendly campus.

MSU is offering much more in terms of student and faculty experience with facilities improvements that are turning our campus into one that is truly state-of-the-art.  The excitement for this expansion project is most definitely obvious and will only draw more anticipation with progress.  Stay tuned for all the updates!

ADUC 1967

ADUC before renovation

ADUC after renovation

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