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  • exterior of the Campus Center
  • students walking inside the Campus Center
  • females students laughing inside the Campus Center
  • Thanksgiving meal in Cowan
  • family picnic dinner during Commencement Weekend

Campus Center

Built: 2009, LEED-Certified Silver
Address: 601 West Walnut Street
ADA Accessible: Entrance, restrooms, elevator

  • Student Life Office
  • Ewen Meeting Room (2nd floor)
  • Campus Dining
  • Cowan Dining Commons
  • Nichols Dining Room
  • Everyday Cafe

The Campus Center serves as the dining and student center on campus. The two-level, 50,000-square foot building was designed for comfort and socializing with informal seating areas surrounding fireplaces and 42-inch flat screen HDTVs.

The first level includes two dining facilities, a large food court featuring made-to-order stations, grab-and-go snacks as well as grilled and fresh fare, a spacious dining room with various-sized tables, two private dining rooms, and bistro seating along the main corridor.

The second level has a game lounge with pool tables and Wii game systems and designated spaces for student organizations. There are four meeting rooms, a large conference room and connecting catering kitchen for student, faculty, and staff gatherings. The Student Life Office is also on the second floor.

Centre College was awarded the Heart of Gold Downtown Investment Award for the remarkable investment made in downtown Danville with the construction of the Campus Center, which opened in 2009.

Cowan Dining Commons offers unlimited seconds with all you care to eat and drink at every meal, and a salad bar available at lunch and dinner every day.

The Everyday Café offers a variety of menu options such as sandwiches, wraps, salads, and desserts.

The Nichols Dining Room is usually reserved for meetings and open to all faculty, staff, and students.

Student Finance Lab
In October (2017), Centre College gained a multi-purpose technological space called the Student Finance Lab, powered by PNC Bank, located in the Campus Center.

The student-led Paul W. Chellgren Investment Society holds regular meetings in the Finance Lab to educate students about investments.

“The purpose of the Finance Lab is to provide technological space that is adaptable for many student and group needs,” said Mark Dill ’18, president of the Investment Society. “Its advanced technology provides an engaging atmosphere to enhance students’ capabilities.”

According to Assistant Professor of Economics Shunan Zhao, the students in the society are actively organizing events to teach students on campus investment knowledge.

“We meet every or every other week to learn and talk about possible securities to invest,” Zhao said. “The current portfolio includes different types of assets such as stocks, bonds and alternatives, as well as mutual funds. The society shows a good record that the total wealth increased more than 30 percent during the past few years.”

Dill said in 2013, when the society started, it was given $100,000 to invest in their discretion. The portfolio is currently valued at over $137,000.

“My goal for the Finance Lab is for it to be a space that students can meet and analyze investments in a Wall Street atmosphere with advanced research capabilities,” he said.

According to Dill, the lab is also available to all students, faculty and staff on campus.

“I hope that students of all majors will use this space to have meetings and utilize the full capability of the technology to benefit their discussions or analysis,” he added. “The Investment Society encourages all students to use and benefit from the advanced technology in the room. The dual-monitor computer and wireless screen sharing capabilities are valuable resources.”

Learning at Centre College is a total experience that goes beyond the classroom, with a campus environment where students can develop intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually. With these goals in mind, the College’s Student Life staff is dedicated solely to the student experience. The College’s Student Life Office centers its service on student needs, including residence life and housing, health and safety, community involvement and campus activities—work that Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays said is not only rewarding but supported by a team of educators who are “dedicated to preparing our students for lives of learning, of leadership, of service.”

Centre’s Student Life Office has been recognized among the nation’s Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs, making the list for the third year in a row (February 2016).