The University Center – known to students and alumni as the "U-Center" –
was built in 1961, and houses the cafeteria, bookstore, student life
office and campus information center. The building also houses Pierson
Auditorium, which can accommodate an audience of 600 and is used for
dinners, dances, graduation robing and other large events. The UMKC
bookstore also is a great source for UMKC clothing and merchandise.