The new Southern Utah University student center will be named after Sharwan Smith, a former student leader who died in an automobile accident last year.
SUU officials announced the selection of the name this week, saying Smith "typified the ideal student." A 1994 graduate of SUU, Smith was the university's activities vice president and served in other leadership positions.She and her 2-year-old niece were killed in a rollover on I-15 near Cedar City. Her parents, Hyrum and Gail Smith, and many family members and friends were present for the announcement that the building will be called the Sharwan Smith Center.
Sterling R. Church, vice president for student services, said, "We think it very appropriate that a facility which will impact the lives of so many current and future students is being named after such an ideal role model."
Smith took time off from college to serve a mission in Argentina for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1990, she was named the Days of '47 Queen
The Sharwan Smith Center will house the current SUU student cen-ter, the Centrum athletic arena, classrooms, offices and other services. Construction has entered its third phase, which includes 142,000 square feet of space for administrative offices, a wellness center, bookstore, food court and the Iron County Convention Center.
The $16 million cost is being financed by a $2.5 million private donation, $5.3 million in state funds, $1.25 million from Iron County and bonding against student fees and rental income.
Brixen and Christopher, Salt Lake City, is the project architect, and Jacobson Construction Co., Salt Lake City, is the construction manager. The project is due to be finished in March 1997.