The Pond Student Union Building
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Pond Student Union to Celebrate 50th in 2009

In January 2009, the Earl R. Pond Student Union at Idaho State University will celebrate 50 years of providing an interactive campus gathering place with student services, educational opportunities and entertainment to enrich student life.

The Pond Student Union has undergone many additions and renovations to accommodate students' needs. The building continues to host a growing number of diverse programs and services, including the award-winning Outdoor Adventure Center, Students' Community Service Center, New Student Orientation, Leadership Program, Craft Shop, and others.

Staff and friends of Student Unions invite all who made the Pond Student Union a part of student life to celebrate 50 years of gathering.

The celebration program follows.

Thursday, Jan. 29
Union Birthday Bash
11 a.m. 1 p.m., Pond Student Union Main Lobby

Birthday cake and party favors. A commemorative time capsule will be buried, to be opened at the Union's centennial.

Friday, Jan. 30
Dance Through the Decades
9 p.m., Pond Student Union Ballroom

Hosted by the Greek Council, this dance will kick off 2009 with a bang. Dress will be from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Campus tours.
25:30 p.m.

Participants will see new program areas and newly renovated spaces in the Pond Student Union. They will also tour the Rendezvous Complex, where a collegial atmosphere integrates upper and lower campuses. A rare backstage look at the L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center will be included as well.

Formal Reception
5:30 p.m., Pond Student Union Transition Gallery

Enjoy special selections from the ISU Art Collection, a no-host bar and light hors d'oeuvres.

Formal Gala Dinner
7 p.m., Pond Student Union Ballroom

"Celebrating 50 Years of Gathering" will be the theme of this gala event, which will include a dinner, program, music and dancing. All proceeds from this event will go to student-leadership scholarships and programming.

More information, including registration details and alumni-networking opportunities for Student Unions and Involvement, is available online at