Grab a Starbucks coffee and settle in by the fireplace. The award-winning design and environmentally-sustainable construction are just part of why the Ehinger Center (pronounced EN-ger) is central to campus life.
The Acorn, Drew’s student newspaper since 1928, and Drew’s own radio station,WMNJ, call the EC home. Every Thursday night, comedians, poets and musicians perform in The Space, Drew’s version of a coffee house.
The original University Center building first opened in 1959 to provide a new dining hall, as well as a bookstore, post office and game rooms. Over the years, additions were made to the building to include meeting rooms and offices. After the University Commons opened, the University Center became a hub for student activities and services.
In August 2012, a renovated and renamed center opened. With a raised roofline, expansive windows, fireplaces, two-story rotunda and dining hall with barrel-vaulted ceiling, the new center is named in honor of university trustee Tony Ehinger ’80 and his wife, Marianne Hyzak Ehinger ’80, whose $3 million donation supported the project. In addition, Ehinger raised $500,000 from members of his graduating class to renovate the center’s pub, now known as the C’80 Pub. Other key donors include John H. Crawford III T’65, chairman of the university board of trustees, and his wife, Cathie ’64, who gave $1 million to create a new lecture hall that doubles as event space.