Join the Bietz Team!

The Bietz Center for Student Life, a three-story home base for students, is scheduled to open spring 2021. This 40,000-square-foot facility replaces our much smaller and outdated student center. In this new structure, students will have access to Christ-centered mentors, inviting spaces, and extended hours.

Make a gift that will impact student life at Southern for generations to come.

Learn More

Designers planned a student hub with flexible spaces for small group study, club meetings, and relationship-building activities. Keeping that in mind, the building’s hours of operation will be student friendly and remain open late each night.

Meeting rooms and lounge areas will be accessible on Saturdays and Sundays providing the perfect location for informal gatherings. The prayer chapel will provide a space for intimate worship

The Bietz Center for Student Life pulls together some of the most critical outside-the-classroom elements of college and puts them under one roof.

Spaces to relax and have fun like the student lodge and game rooms anchor the first floor. A new campus shop and Southern Accent office along with hanging chairs and floor games make the first floor an exciting place to be.

Students will find their nourishment on the second floor. Campus Ministries, Student Missions and Christian Service focus on students spiritual and service lives. A new eatery and a slide will keep the second floor active.

Quieter spaces such as the Student Success Center, Student Association and the prayer chapel will help students find their purpose and God’s call in their lives.

“One of the main reasons I came to Southern was so I could make good Christian friends, and I already have. I can’t wait to see how many more new friendships and dreams take shape because the Bietz Center pulls us all together in such a fun, practical space!”

–Laura Gibbs, sophomore social work major

Videos & Renderings

Construction Update: Bietz Center for Student Life

President David Smith has a “conversation” with former president Gordon Bietz about construction progress on the new student life center.

Year One Construction Time-lapse

Watch The Construction From Oct 2018 To Oct 2019

Alumni Reminisce on Lifelong Connections Made at Southern

Southern has been the setting for thousands of meaningful, lifelong relationships, and connecting with each other is still an important part of the Southern Experience today.

Front Elevation RenderFireplaceWindowsLoading DockRight SideParking LotLeft SideDinning AreaGame RoomSlide

Honoring You

We are thrilled to honor everyone who gives toward Bietz Center construction by displaying their names in the new building. In addition, select naming opportunities remain for offices, suites and other spaces.

You can receive a limited-edition Gordon Bietz bobblehead for a gift of $500 or more. This fun, commemorative piece celebrates Southern’s 25th president—the building’s namesake.

Join other alumni and friends of Southern today in being part of this exciting new student resource by making a gift of any size, which will touch students for generations to come.