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New buildings, upgrades at Southeast Missouri State University

(Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS) (Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS)

Southeast Missouri State University is working on several projects on campus.

The new Greek Village is currently under construction and the new renovated Towers Cafe.

"I mean, I was very excited about it, especially when I walked in for the first time I was blown away," Brendan Petersen said.

Senior Brendan Petersen in a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He said the new Sigma Phi Epsilon House at Southeast is even better than he imagined.

"I had a vision in my head but once I stepped in here, it was just unbelievable," Petersen said. 

Southeast Vice President of Student Success and Auxiliary Services Bruce Skinner had a hand in bringing the new Greek Village to campus.
Skinner said each fraternity signed an agreement with the University to design and pay for the new building.

"All of the cost for any of the houses is paid for by the students and the housing corporation for that house," Dr. Skinner said. "We don't have tuition dollars, we don't have students living in Towers paying for it. The students living in the Sigma Nu house pay for everything associated with the Sigma Nu house."

Towers cafe just got a $3.4 million make over, complete with what Dr. Skinner calls, "action stations."

"You see more of the production in front of you, gone are the days where someone went to the back of the kitchen, pulled out a serving pan, brought it to the front line, dropped it in and then you didn't know if that had just been prepared or prepared an hour ago," Skinner said.

The upgrades even include a new allergen station, designed to offer students with food allergies safe choices.

For the students who are already on campus, Skinner said, so far so good.

"So far I've heard nothing but positive things, other then 'I'm not sure where I need to go, so there's still some learning about the venue."

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