On Mon., Aug. 15, members of the Union County Improvement Authority, joined members of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Union County College Trustees and Governors, and President Margaret M. McMenamin for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Student Development Building at the College’s Cranford campus. The new, two-story, 30,000-square foot facility, is an extensive renovation of the historic Nomahegan Building and is the new hub of the campus.

Chairman of Union County College’s Board of Trustees, Vic Richel, welcomed all to campus. Senator Raymond J. Lesniak addressed the crowd and spoke of the positive impact the College has had for Union County residents. Union County Improvement Authority Executive Director Dan Sullivan, as well as UCIA Chairman Anthony Scutari thanked all who worked to make the new building a reality. Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen spoke of Dr. McMenamin’s drive to make the College an outstanding eduational institution.  

The $14 million project was funded by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Union County Improvement Authority. The new Helen E. Chaney Student Services Center is housed on the first floor. Helen Chaney, a 1948 alumnus of the College, pledged a generous $500,000 gift for student scholarships, which is one of the largest gifts the College has ever received. Mrs. Chaney is grateful to the College for providing a positive start to her education at a time when education opportunities for women were limited. “The College gave me my start, so I see this gift as my way of helping students financially so that they can afford not only to attend college but also succeed in getting a college degree,” said Mrs. Chaney. The College has expressed its gratitude by naming the Student Services Center in her honor. The Chaney Center includes Admissions; Registration; Payment Services; Financial Aid; Disability Services; Educational Opportunity Fund Services; Advising, Career and Transfer Services and Testing. The second floor houses classrooms as well as faculty and departmental offices.

The College’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For directions, go to www.ucc.edu.