The Riley Campus of MSU-Meridian consists of the MSU-Riley Center, the Deen Building, and the Rosenbaum Building. These adjoining structures are located between 5th and 6th streets and between 22nd and 23rd Avenues in the heart of Meridian’s business district.
The MSU-Riley Center includes the Grand Opera House (a performing arts center), a conference center, and several exhibit halls. The Center is a special place for social interaction, to enjoy the arts, engage in lifelong learning, and stimulate community growth and development. The multifaceted center attracts 60,000+ visitors to downtown Meridian annually for conferences, meetings, and performances.
Opened in January, 2012, the Deen Building was donated to Mississippi State University and renovated by The Riley Foundation and houses the University’s Division of Business. Offices of the Division Head for the Division of Business are located within the facility, as are a number of state-of-the-art classrooms. The Deen building also holds a spacious computer lab and a pair of professional, fully equipped conference rooms. Both large and small study spaces are available for students, permitting either individual or small group study sessions. A fascinating feature of the Deen building is the electronic stock ticker located in the first floor lobby. A generous gift by Bank Plus allowed for the purchase and installation of the ticker.
The Rosenbaum Building, formerly known as the historic Kress building, is currently being renovated thanks to The RIley Foundation, and will be the home of MSU-Meridian's Kinesiology program. Like the Deen Building and a portion of the MSU-Riley Center, the Rosenbaum Building was at one time a major downtown Meridian department store. The three-story facility offers extensive square footage for development of classrooms, offices and laboratories required for Kinesiology. Renovation of the facility is ongoing and is set for completion in the fall of 2015. The Rosenbaum building will also serve as the downtown site for another MSU-Meridian campus library, which will be funded through a grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation.