Today in NC State History: Talley becomes center of attention

June 8, 2015
By Chris Saunders

historyIconThis year has been a banner year for the new Talley Student Union, with all of its renovations completed and most of its spaces open for students to enjoy. The formal dedication is set for fall.

Celebration was also in order on this day in 1972, when the Technician reported the grand opening of the University Student Center, which came to be known as Talley Student Union over the years in honor of Banks Talley Jr., who oversaw NC State’s student life for much of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

Talleyin'72In the early 1970s, the University Student Center came in as a $4.5 million project and was the hub of student life, housing student government, student publications, a theater and a snack bar.

“The Center’s food facilities include everything from an ice cream parlor to a cafeteria restaurant,” the Technician reported. “The basement houses a room which will be complete with antique Coke posters, Tiffany lamps, wire stools and ice cream tables. Eventually this room will include a tavern when and if the General Assembly enacts legislation enabling the center to sell beer.”

Stay tuned for news about the new Talley as NC State magazine, whose spring issue is now out and should be in mailboxes, will feature an upcoming article on the student union’s renovation in fall.

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