Texas A&M University-Texarkana held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Lois & Cary Patterson Student Center at 11:00 a.m. on October 2nd.  Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, University President Dr. Emily Cutrer, State Representative Gary VanDeaver, Cary Patterson, and Scott Bruner all spoke during the grand-opening event in front of a large crowd from the university and community.

According to a press release, the nearly 40,000 square foot facility was built through a public-private partnership and will provide students with a much needed space to meet, study, exercise, learn, and participate in intramural sports. The new $11 million dollar facility includes:

  • a regulation-sized basketball/volleyball court with retractable bleacher seating for 1,200-1,500 patrons
  • a training and fitness center
  • biomechanics and motor skills labs to support the university’s new Kinesiology program
  • a recreation room
  • Ace’s Place café featuring Starbucks Coffee
  • two multi-purpose classrooms
  • locker rooms
  • recreational sports locker rooms
  • coaches’ quarters, athletic director’s office and 12 faculty/staff offices

For more information on the Lois & Cary Patterson Student Center at Texas A&M University-Texarkana contact Joe Sloan, Student Engagement Coordinator at 903.334.6725 or jsloan@tamut.edu.