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We are All Spartans Today!

February 14, 2023

We are All Spartans Today!

The Student Union holds a special place in my heart.  It was one of the first places I hung out in when I was in college.  It became my living room of the campus where I met up with friends, hung out, ate, went to activities and attended meetings.   Last night students at Michigan State University were doing the same sort of things at their Student Union when an active shooter situation occurred.  This really hit close to home for me, for many of us working in the Carolina Union and with many of my colleagues who work in Student Unions around the country.  

I have been working in Student Unions for close to 30 years.  The Student Union was my place to go to when I was in college and it is because of my great experiences in the Union that I chose to work in Higher Education.  The Student Union is the living room of the campus and a central meeting place for many students at colleges and universities across our nation. The Student Union is a place where students work, learn, grow and develop.  It’s a place where students make memories to last a lifetime.    

Our mission at the Carolina Union is to create safe, inclusive and educational experiences that enable students to maximize their time at Carolina.  We will continue to hold true to our mission and work to provide the best experiences for our students every day.  

Please keep the Michigan State University community in your thoughts.  We are all Spartans today!

Thank you

Alexandra Marchesano, M.S.

Executive Director of the Carolina Union

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