Iowa State Memorial Union

MU Floors 4-6 Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

September 23, 2022, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Contact: Megan Moore (
Durham Great Hall, Memorial Union

The 15-month, $10 million renovation of the top three floors at the Memorial Union is finally complete. The event will kick off in the Durham Great Hall at 11:00am with a short program, a ribbon cutting by the Ames Chamber of Commerce, a pop-up museum and slideshow for all guests to view the Memorial Union through its many renovation stages. After the short program in the Durham Great Hall, each office will be hosting their own individual ribbon cutting on floors 4-6 and guests will be able to tour the renovated floors. We are so excited be able to open these dynamic new spaces to students and visitors to Iowa State's campus!

Here is the short program for the event:

  • 11:00am Grand Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting in the Durham Great Hall

          (Guests are welcome to enjoy appetizers after the short program and ribbon cutting)

  • 11:30am International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) - 4530 MU
  • 11:45am The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success - 4600 MU
  • 12:00pm New Student Programs - 5530 MU
  • 12:15pm Military-Affiliated Student Center - 5600 MU
  • 12:30pm All of 6th Floor (Student Legal Services, ISU Lectures and NCORE-ISCORE


Attendees of the grand opening will be encouraged to stay after the ribbon cutting in the Durham Great Hall to enjoy appetizers, view the MU pop-up museum, view the slideshow, and then tour the spaces on floors 4-6 at their own leisure. It is not intended that every attendee follow the run of show for the progressive ribbon cuttings. This will be an informal event and guests may tour the new floors at their own pace.

This date also happens to fall on the Memorial Union's birthday! On September 23, 1928, the Memorial Union officially opened, with final construction details continuing until early the next year. Every September, we hold an MU birthday bash and we can't think of a better time to celebrate than during our grand opening event for floors 4-6! 

This event is open to all ISU students, faculty, staff, members of the Ames community and the public. If you are planning to attend, please register via our website (located on the top right of this page.) We hope to see you there!

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