Midland University Unveils Eikmeier Commons

Midland University Unveils Eikmeier Commons

Friday, July 27, 2018

Midland University unveiled the brand-new Eikmeier Commons space on campus as part of a $1.5 million investment to their dining and common spaces.

Eikmeier Commons is named for Randy and Shelly Eikmeier (‘82 & ‘83), who generously gave in order to create a ‘kitchen table’ for the campus. “Midland University has been a huge part of our lives, and it is also vital to the Fremont community. When Midland approached Shelly and I regarding the opportunity to become engaged in this project, we were all in,” said Randy Eikmeier. “It has always amazed me that during family gatherings everyone ends up in the kitchen. This project has the potential to become Midland’s ‘kitchen table,’ and we have great hopes that it will become a favorite spot for students.”

Eikmeier Commons embodies Midland’s mission to create dynamic student experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Creating a modern space where students can connect, grow, and build lifelong relationships was at the heart of this project.

The renovation breathes new life into the Olson Student Center, creating a highly sought-after destination for students. Eikmeier Commons sets the bar high for future campus renovations, featuring modern fixtures, large flat screen TV’s, industrial textures, and a natural-stone fireplace for a bar and grill type vibe where students can meet in the heart of campus to connect, converse, and unwind.

The Eikmeier Commons renovation marks the final stage of Midland University’s Dining Hall and Student Commons renovation project. The Dining Hall was completed in the fall of 2017. Both projects would not have been made possible without the generous support from Ruth Dunklau, Randy & Shelly Eikmeier, First State Bank & Trust, Fremont Area Community Foundation, Fresh Ideas, David Geischen, Jeff and Judy Greenwald, Jerry and Lynette Harnisch, INSPRO Insurance, and Dale and Fern Olson.