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MSU’s Strand Union Building celebrates 75th anniversary with free giveaways, tailgate

October 5, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Montana State University will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Strand Union Building with several special events planned for this fall. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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Montana State University will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Strand Union Building with several special events this fall.

First, on Friday, Oct. 9, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., free 75th anniversary T-shirts will be given to the first 500 individuals in the SUB who request them. Free cookies and cake pops will also be available during that time in the Union Market of the SUB or outdoors near the north entrance, weather permitting.

Then, on Saturday, Oct. 10, the SUB will host a tailgate beginning at 2 p.m. on the south side of Kagy Boulevard near the entrance to Bobcat Stadium and across from the Alumni Association tailgate. Five hundred free anniversary T-shirts will be given to Bobcat fans during the tailgate, as will cookies, cake pops and anniversary golf balls. The tailgate is open to everyone.

Located near the center of campus, the SUB houses numerous classrooms, eateries and meeting spaces, including the recently remodeled SUB Ballrooms, where many lectures and events are held. It also houses the MSU Bookstore, Exit Gallery, KGLT radio, offices for student government and student activities, the MSU Office of Admissions, MSU Office of Student Success and a variety of support offices.

The SUB is one of the university’s most recognized buildings, and many people view it as the living room or the heart of campus, according to Frank “Butch” Damberger, director of the SUB.

“The Strand Union has been a special part of Montana State University for 75 years,” Damberger said. “I can imagine the stories and experiences our students, friends and alumni have to share about their time in the SUB. Perhaps it was attending a ‘Beanie’ dance in the 60s or 70s, SUB Fest in the 90s, a lecture by Tom Brokaw, a drag show, playing pool with friends or just sleeping in Leigh Lounge. I am very proud of the diversity of events that the SUB has hosted and will continue to support the thousands of students, staff, faculty and friends of Montana State University that enter the Strand Union on a daily basis.”

The building was named for A.L. Strand, the first MSU alumnus to become president. Strand served as president of Montana State from 1937-1942. Student fees paid for the construction of the SUB in 1940, and for its remodel in 2007.  

In addition to Damberger, other directors of the SUB include Mildred Leigh, who served as director from 1940-1967; Ed Howard, 1967-1974; and Al Bertelsen, 1974-2008.

Contact: Frank “Butch” Damberger, director of the SUB, (406) 994-5816 or bdamberger@montana.edu