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New visitor information center opens in Memorial Auditorium

STANFORD -- Stanford University has opened a new visitor information center in Memorial Auditorium and will replace the information booth in the Main Quad with a modest information kiosk.

The Memorial Auditorium center opened for business Monday, Jan. 16, and eventually will be a full-service center similar to the one at Tresidder Memorial Union, said Larry Davidson, associate director of Stanford Events.

The events office, formerly known as Events and Services, last fall assumed responsibility for Visitor Information Services, formerly Guide and Visitor Services in the now-defunct Office of Public Affairs.

The visitor office was merged administratively with the Information Center at Tresidder Memorial Union, which is operated in conjunction with the Stanford Ticket Office, to create the new unit. The manager of the new unit is Lynn Moeller, who will be based at the Memorial Auditorium location, along with an assistant and a student information guide.

Effective this January, all campus tours will begin outside Memorial Auditorium, near the Tanner Fountain. Hoover Tower tours will continue to start in the lobby of the tower, across the street from the new visitor information center.

Memorial Auditorium was chosen as the location for the new information center for a number of reasons, said Davidson. There is ample visitor parking nearby, the lobby of the auditorium has restrooms and is wheelchair-accessible, and there is food service in the adjacent Graduate School of Business.

Also, because of its proximity to Hoover Tower, a recognizable landmark, the center should be relatively easy for visitors to find. The Marguerite shuttle bus also stops in front of the building.

At first, the unstaffed kiosk at the front of the Quad will consist of a map with directions and some handouts about the campus. Later, there are plans to install a campus-only telephone. In the future, a more sophisticated kiosk is planned, one that will feature an interactive video system and parking permit vending machine.

Stanford Events offers tours and information to an estimated 135,000 people each year.



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