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New Enhancements to the Alumni Visitor Center

Originally opened in 1994, the Alumni Visitor Center underwent a major renovation two years ago to create a modern space that better reflects Southeastern’s brand identity and serves alumni programming.

Southeastern Louisiana University

May 15, 2024

Originally opened in 1994, the Alumni Visitor Center underwent a major renovation two years ago to create a modern space that better reflects Southeastern’s brand identity and serves alumni programming. The updates were also the first step in turning the space into a welcome center, with the name changing from “Alumni Center” to “Alumni Visitor Center.”

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Last year a second phase of the project, an outdoor venue, was completed.

This new outdoor space features ample room for visitors to mingle and reconnect. Modern furniture; a fireplace; an outdoor kitchen and grill; and high-end stone, wood, and metal materials create an inviting and comforting venue for both alumni and rental events.

Angelo Distefano, founder and owner of Angelo’s Landscape Group and a 1972 Southeastern alumnus, led the design and provided the funds for this outdoor area.

“I am the first in my family to achieve a college degree. Southeastern totally changed my life!”, said Angelo. “Southeastern paved the way for [my wife and I’s] success, and when we started our estate planning, we both wanted to give back. I began a conversation about doing something at the Alumni building. My company built outdoor living spaces. I consulted with my dear friend’s company Lonnie Bonacorso Construction, and along with my landscape architect, Jason Dill, we finalized our plans and began construction. I am proud of the seamless addition to the original building.”

The next phase of the project will be to further enhance the building’s lobby area through inviting furniture, fixtures, and displays. If you are interested in supporting this next step in the reimaging of the Alumni Visitor Center, please contact [email protected] or 985.549.2239.

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