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Olt Student Center

Marketplace and Recreation

Since 1963, the Olt Student Center has been a haven for students seeking food, a break from studying, and socialization. It was dedicated on April 16th, 1963. Until its construction, dining services were mainly offered in Old Main in a space that was becoming too small for the growing number of students on campus. The new student center offered more space, faster service, and a gathering place for conversation and recreation.

Currently, the student center has three dining locations: Marketplace dining hall and two additional spaces in the Haven. Olt Student Center is also the home of the Student Government Association, the Campus Activity Board, and the bookstore. The basement of Olt Student Center originally held a bowling alley, game rooms, and a TV room. It is now the location of Mocha Joe’s coffee shop, a popular location for studying and socializing.

Olt Student Center is named for Russell Olt, who was the first dean of students at Anderson University, serving from 1925-1958. His wife was the first guest in the new dining hall in 1963. Additionally, six dining rooms, including the Kane Dining Room and the Edwards Room, are named for important people in the university’s history and are used for various campus events. 

References

  • Callen, Barry L. Guide of Soul and Mind: The Story of Anderson University. Anderson: Warner Press, 1992. Print.
  • "Campus Buildings" Folder, A.C./A.U. Buildings Documents, Anderson University and Church of God Archives
  • "General Buildings" Folder, A.C./A.U. Buildings Documents, Anderson University and Church of God Archives
  • "Olt Student Center" Folder, A.C./A.U. Buildings Documents, Anderson University and Church of God Archives