The Busch Student Center has been providing needed services for the University community since 1967.
Establishment of the Busch Memorial Center
Dedicated on September 27, 1967 after 10 years of planning, the Busch Student Center was originally christened the "Busch Memorial Center" (or "BMC"). Fulfilling a promise made by President John F. Kennedy to Father Reinert of Saint Louis University, Lyndon B. Johnson planted a maple tree on the site of the BMC on February 14, 1964, two months after his inauguration as President of the United States. (During the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Busch Memorial Center in 1992, a linden tree was planted to replace the maple, which was lost during construction.) The cost of construction was $3,250,000, with a substantial part of the funds in the form of a gift from August A. Busch Jr. and his distributors as a memorial to his father and grandfather.
Construction of the Busch Student Center
After serving the SLU community as the primary hub of social interaction on campus for 35 years, the BMC was closed for renovation on May 28, 2002. A $22 million improvement project began on the Center in June 2002. In addition to generous donations which served to fund the project, SLU students voted in April 2001 to support an annual fee to help pay for the Center's cost. Student input was instrumental in the evolution of the building, with a 12-person committee providing feedback from students regarding potential changes to the facility. After 14 months of construction, the newly named Busch Student Center ("BSC") was opened to the public on August 28, 2003. After adding 51,000 square feet of new space, the facility totals roughly 160,000 square feet of both new and old space.
"THE FRONT DOOR OF CAMPUS"
The Busch Student Center is the host location for an array of events. Throughout the year, the BSC hosts art exhibits, concerts, comedy shows, political speeches, dances, trivia nights, conferences, wedding receptions, lectures, fashion shows, charity fund raisers, formal luncheons and dinners, retreats, and prayer reflections.
The building also hosts many University functions such as Marvelous Mondays, Welcome Week Events, themed concerts, outdoor movies, book sales, career fairs, Senior Legacy Symposium, Commencement celebrations, teleconferences, meetings, talent shows, book signings, cultural events, and study sessions.
Over the years, the Busch Student Center has welcomed a number of prominent guests and artists. Below is a sampling of a people who have walked through the doors of the BSC:
International Public Figures
Barack Obama, Tom Ridge, Ban Ki-moon, John F. Kennedy Jr, Dr. Cornell West, Ralph Nader, Vincinte Fox, Mike Huckabee, Salmond Rushdie, Ehud Barrak, Michael Moore, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Wise, Eboo Patel, Jonathan Safran Foer, Bill Nye, General Welsey Clark, Nadine Strossen, Elie Wiesel...
Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswald, Bill Mahr, Frank Caliendo, Mike Berbeglia, Demitri Martin, Kathleen Madigan, John Hefferon, Caroline Rhea, Jaime Kennedy, David Cross, Greg Geraldo, Buzz Sutherland, Daniel Tosh, Rob Riggle, Harland Williams...
Concerts / Musicians
Hanson, Black Violin, Beach House, Apples in Stereo, Vieux Farka Toure, St. Vincent, British Sea Power, Mountain Goats, Caribou, Bon Iver, Chirs Walla, John Vanderslice, David Bazan, OAR, Nelly, Chuck D, Beach House, Centro-matic, Richard Buckner, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MU 330, Dan Deacon, Horsefeathers, Bowerbirds, Joe Pug, Richard Swift, The Twilight Sad, Pattern is Movement, Menomena, Alela Diane, Laura Gibson, The Drams, Glossary, Grand Champeen, Two Cow Garage, Magnolia Summer, So Many Dynamos, Deer Tick, Field Music, School of Language, Gentleman Auction House, These United States, Liam Finn, Wye Oak, James Jackson Toth, Felice Brothers, PWRFL power, AA Bondy, Darker My Love, Damien Jurado, Margot and the Nuclear So and So, Ponytail, Animal or Vegetable, Pats and Labor, The Natural Selection, Via Audio, Zola Jesus, Akron Family, Peter Wolf Crier, Oberhofer, Dum Dum Girls, Dirty Beaches, Waaves, Sarah Jaffe...