In his opening remarks on Nov. 4, K-State President Richard B. Myers told of the emotions he felt walking into a structure conceived in the 1920’s as a memorial to those who had served and lost their lives in World War I.
“It’s a solemn structure because it’s a memorial, but it has found new life,” he said.
President Myers and university leaders gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Berney Family Welcome Center with the donors who made it possible.
Entirely funded through philanthropic gifts from generous individuals and corporations, the center offers interactive technology, 25 interview rooms, a lecture hall, two conference rooms and a great room for hosting events.
It is named in recognition of the capital gift commitment made by Rand and Patti Berney, Round Rock, Texas, to advance the university, including their lead gift to the Welcome Center.
Since June, the Career Center alongside New Student Services has made use of the remodeled memorial, serving students as they come in for their first visit to K-State or helping them as they transition from college to career.
The Career Center has welcomed students eager to receive career services, explore majors and career paths, attend “How To Find A Job” workshops or meet with employers for on-campus interviews, networking nights or company infosessions.
One popular addition, the Career Closet, provides students with the opportunity to make use of gently used professional attire donated by the K-State community for interviews and other professional events.
“We are so grateful to the alumni and friends who made this possible, and for the inspirational vision of Rand and Patti Berney,” said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. “This facility, in the fully transformed east side of the historic Memorial Stadium, will serve our current and future students, their families, and staff for many generations to come.”