By Betty Sheffield
The M.U.M. Review, March 29, 2000
On Sunday, March 12, at 9:53 a.m. a large crowd gathered to celebrate the long-awaited opening of the Dreier Building, which was constructed according to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design.
At the opening, University President Dr. Bevan Morris spoke about the value of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architecture, which enlivens all the Laws of Nature to create a harmonious environment for everyone working and studying in such a structure. During the ceremony all those who contributed to creating the building were honored, including donors, trustees, administrators, staff and construction workers. Also honored were Bobbie and Barbara Dreier, wife and daughter of the late Ted Dreier, after whom the building was named.
The first order of business conducted in the building was a meeting with a team of evaluators from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
This $2 million, triple-level, 20,000-square-foot building took one and a half years to construct.
Those now using the building say that it feels more orderly. One administrator said, "The level of orderliness that I've been dreaming of and striving to achieve for years has been achieved here in these first few days."
The students are especially pleased with this new building. "The building is centrally located, close to the dorms," said Ananda Walker. "The administrative offices are more accessible, and it looks real nice."
"The spacious lounge in the lobby creates a nice place for a break," said Helen Han.
The faculty also appreciate the new building. "I have total support of Nature when teaching in this building, and the students are focused and happy with their new environment," said Anne Dow, a mathematics professor.
The building is occupied by the President, Executive Vice-President, Treasurer, Dean of Faculty, Admissions, and Enrollment Center. There are five classrooms, a large board room, the Transcendental Meditation Program Center, and two meditation halls.
"It is light, airy, bright, and clean--so bright I can hardly see my computer screen," said Diane Sanny, of the Enrollment Center.
The completion of the Dreier Building marks a major step in the University's plans to rebuild the entire campus.
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