More than 30 years after its completion, a building on the campus of Missouri S&T has been renamed to its originally intended name of Centennial Hall.
University Center has been renamed Centennial Hall to honor the “Centennial Campaign” convened in 1965 by Chancellor Merl Baker to raise funds in conjunction with the university’s 100th anniversary. The campaign leadership group included three of the university’s alumni, Karl Kasselmann, Stillman Elfred and Hans Schmoldt.
The campaign helped fund several buildings on campus. Centennial Hall was to be completed by 1970, the university’s 100th anniversary. The building was not completed that year, and was not dedicated until 1973 when it was named University Center-East.
Originally part of a two-building student center complex (University Center-East and University Center-West), the building now houses classrooms, meeting space and offices for human resources, new student programs, research and sponsored programs, pre-college programs, technology transfer, information technology, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach, and the School of Extended Learning.