By: Daris Mendez | Published Oct. 22, 2015
The University Center was officially renamed the Miron Student Center this month after Kean alumni Diane G. Miron and her husband Bob Miron made an undisclosed donation to the university.
The money from the Miron’s donation will go to some renovations inside the student center, which include new lighting, furnishings and window treatments.
The donation will also serve as a matching gift which is an incentive for the other donors to make and increase donations to Kean according Carla Willis, Kean University Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
The Mirons did not wish to disclose the donation amount to the public said Willis.
The renaming of the student center models the previous naming of university buildings after donors, such as the Maxine Lane Center for Academic Success and Harwood Arena.
Kean University Foundation, the university’s organization which “receives, invests and administers private support for Kean University” according to their website, received a donation from the Mirons on December 8, 2014.
The Board of Trustees later passed a resolution at their May meeting to rename the student center in honor of the Miron’s donation.
“The Student Center is the major center of activity on any college campus. We are proud to have our names associated with such an important building on the Kean University campus,” said Diane Miron.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 7 to celebrate the official renaming of the student center. The Mirons, members of the Board of Trustees and Kean Student leaders were all in attendance.
Kean’s student government president Nigel Donald expressed his appreciation for the Miron’s gift at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“I don’t know if I can express how much this means to us, the men and women of this university. We absolutely enjoy the facility every day” said Donald.
Joyce Galvan, a psychology and political science major, expressed that although students and the university as a whole are grateful for this donation, resources should be focus on bettering education.
“I believe that the people who donated the money dedicated it to help out in education and they comprehend that the students and the university in general is grateful. However, it is better to use even the most minimal resource to better education not change the name of a building” said Galvan.
Diane Goldblatt Miron is a Kean alumnus for the class of 1961. She received her degree in Education from Kean named Newark State College at the time.
The Mirons decision to donate was to show appreciation and gratitude towards Kean and the opportunities Miron received from getting her degree at the university
The Student center was of interest to the Mirons because of the number of students who use the student center and the amount of activity that surrounds it according to Willis.