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Buena Vida Building-Living the Good Life

SEU Students are Living the Good Life in Our New Buena Vida Building

On September 13, 2016, Southeastern dedicated our newest facility—a unique building right in the heart of our Lakeland campus. Members of the SEU board of trustees, along with the SEU leadership team, faculty, staff and students gathered to celebrate and pray over the students who are going to be living and learning within its walls.

The innovative 125,000-square-foot Live/Learn facility boasts housing on the upper floors, cozy common areas for studying, and peaceful views of Lake Holloway. Even the furniture is cutting-edge…the Buena Vida building houses James Jannetides’ prototype safe zone furniture, which has the integration of steel and laminate and a 60-year lifespan.

To get to class, students just head downstairs to one of the spacious classrooms…many with floor-to-ceiling white boards. If they’re studying music, students will be able to practice in one of the music rooms or the acoustically dynamic rehearsal hall. The building also houses an auditorium, which can seat up to 272 people.

When it’s time to take a break from feeding their intellect, students will be able to feed their hunger in the food court at Einstein Bros. Bagels, Papa John’s Pizza, or Back Yard Burgers (all scheduled to open soon).

SEU President Dr. Kent Ingle is enthusiastic about the many benefits the building brings to campus. “Today is a new day,” he said. “We are entering a season where our buildings reflect the quality and commitment that have so long been seen in our faculty and staff.”

In fact, faculty members from the College of Arts & Media, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership have now made their offices in Buena Vida, giving these colleges a central place to call home.

“We pray that the students that live and learn here, and the faculty who teach here, will bring positive change to others,” said Rev. Terry Raburn, Chairman of Southeastern University’s Board of Trustees and Superintendent of the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God. “They are called to reflect the true heart of our community—in the spirit of Christ.”

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