Lowman Student Center
The Lowman Student Center (LSC) is located in the heart of campus and contains dining areas, meeting rooms, a theater, an art gallery, ballroom, a bookstore and many other facilities for students, staff, faculty, alumni and guests.
The LSC was home for many years to the university's only indoor pool, installed in the northern end of the building on April 1, 1964. It was a popular destination for many years but continuous equipment breakdowns and lack of exposure and subsequent disuse closed the pool on December 31, 1997.
As part of the $11 million renovations in the early 2000s, the former pool area was converted into a larger ballroom. Other changes include new meeting rooms, an information center, expanded dining venues, and two-story atrium. The building's technological upgrades include Internet access and teleconferencing capabilities for conference rooms and the latest virtual reality games for the expanded game room.
It was announced in 2009 that the LSC was on the demolition schedule as part of the 2008 Campus Master Plan. SHSU President James Gaertner, speaking in July, said the building "has gotten to the point where it's getting outdated and needs to come down. We won't tear it down until three or four years from now. We will build a new student center right there in the same place in the middle of the campus ."
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