When the MU first opened its doors in 1956, the facility offered 109,000 square feet accommodating the nearly 6,000 enrolled students. A plaque near the north entrance doorway lists the major donors who contributed to the initial construction. ASU chose the name "Memorial Union" to serve as a living memorial for those who have courageously served our country in the military services. In remembrance of the building's first director, Cecelia Scoular, the study lounge located on the main level was named in her honor.
Since its opening, the MU has undergone a number of renovation projects as well as several additions to the original structure. Today the building totals about 254,000 square feet which serves a growing student body averaging 60,000.
The MU serves as the central meeting and conference center for registered student organizations, campus departments and at various times of the year, organizations and business from the larger community. Reservations for meeting rooms in the MU are made through Event and Meeting Services located on the main level behind the Information Desk. In addition, mall/lawn space reservations and the ASU Catering sales office are located within the Event and Meeting Services office.
Some of the features in the MU include study and group work areas, TV lounge, wireless capability, ports for laptops, Internet walk-up stations, diaper changing stations and Sparky's Den - a recreation area with bowling, billiards, and video arcade.
The third level is home to the Sun Devil Involvement Center. The SDIC serves as the place to learn about what's going on around campus and how to get involved. Students can learn about clubs, sororities/fraternities, community service, leadership, student government, and co-curricular events and activities by visiting the SDIC. Become an active member of the ASU community and visit the center today!
Other campus departments and student services housed in the facility include the Transitions and Parent Programs , Sun Devil Dining including Meal Plan Sales, Information Desk and Campus Lost & Found, and Sun Card Office.
The Memorial Union, or MU as it is familiarly called, serves as the campus community center for students, faculty, staff and guests of Arizona State University. The four-level building features a variety of programs, services and opportunities for student involvement -- all under one roof!
The following dining venues are available in the MU: Engrained Cafe, Pitchforks, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Freshens, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Jamba Juice, Jump, Zoca, Extreme Pita, Subway, Papa Johns, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Outta Here and the MU P.O.D convenience market.
Businesses located in the building include Arizona State Savings & Credit Union, Ink and Toner Refill Center, Serenity Salon, Print U Copy Center and Sun Card Office, Verizon Wireless and Wells Fargo Bank. In addition, a number of ATMs are located in the building.
A variety of employment opportunities are available to ASU students. Flexible work schedules are available to students to accommodate classes and promotion from within the various work groups is practiced. A list of open positions is posted on Employment web page or visit the ASU Student Employment web site for a campus-wide listing.
Last updated: September 24, 2012