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The Krasa Center is Benedictine University’s student union and plays a central role in students’ campus experience. As the only 24/7 facility on campus, the Krasa Center attracts commuters and residents alike who seek opportunities and services that Student Affairs provides. From dining to recreation, involvement to critical support services, the Krasa Center touches the student experience in many ways through the offices and staff it contains.
The lower level of the Krasa Center is the heart of student involvement in campus life. Whether you’re looking for a study abroad opportunity, a student organization that meets your interest or activities to fill your weekend, you’ll find it in this part of the Krasa Center. Offices and programs that can be found on the lower level include International Programs and Services and Student Activities and Leadership Development. The lower level also contains the Student Senate office, the Commuter Student Assistant office, meeting spaces for leaders of student organizations and the Student Engagement Center, Student Affairs' leadership education and training facility.
The lower level of the Krasa Center features the BenUnion Underground, the University’s recreational facility. Surrounded by student engagement staff and offices, the BenUnion Underground offers students a place to hang out, watch TV and have fun. Students can play ping pong, billiards, foosball, air hockey and a variety of board, video and arcade games. Students can also check out a bike from the BenUnion office as well as purchase tickets for dances and special events.
The main level of the Krasa Center features the campus bookstore, Barnes & Noble, and a convenience store, Ernie’s Market. In addition to textbooks and materials, the bookstore offers a variety of clothing, spirit gear, accessories and snacks. Ernie’s Market, which is open during evening hours, provides a variety of snacks, drinks, frozen foods, breakfast items and personal care products.
The main level of the Krasa Center is also home to a variety of service offices including Residence Life, Health Services, the Counseling Center, Office Services (mail room) and the office of the Vice President of Student Life. Also available to students on the main level are computers and printing, a small group study room and a large lounge space for study or quiet conversation.
The second level of the Krasa Center is the location of the dining room, the Dining Services office and meeting rooms. All residential students eat their meals in the dining room, although it is also available to commuter students, faculty and staff. The dining room is also the location of many special events and serves as an entertainment venue during the academic year. Student groups can reserve private space for meetings and events.