The 36,000 square foot Breen Student Union is a striking campus landmark that houses the GeDunk Commons, the Office of Student Life and Learning, the College Bookstore, Great Room, commuter lounge, campus communication center, and various student meeting places.
The GeDunk is the name of the grille which features a coffee bar, pizza oven, famous chicken tender wraps and specialty items a la carte. It also doubles as a grab and go café for students during lunch and dinner.
Breen, also known as the Student Activities Center or affectionately SAC, serves as a social hub of campus and is a perfect location for lounging, studying, and eating.
Breen Student Union is named in honor of Ed ’78 and Lynn '78 (Branstner) Breen who were both actively involved in campus life as students.
Lynn majored in economics and was involved in Chapel Choir and the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Ed studied economics and business and was a member of the Beta Sigma fraternity and the wrestling team.
After graduation, Ed went to work for General Instruments and subsequently Motorola after the companies merged and was promoted quickly. In January of 2000, he was named the company’s executive vice president and president of the broadband communications sector. He worked at Motorola until 2002, at which time he was the company’s president and chief operating officer.
In July 2002, Breen accepted the CEO position at Tyco International, Ltd., after financial scandal at Tyco became public and new leadership was needed. Breen immediately began a major overhaul which has been credited for turning the company around as revenue increased and employee morale soared.
In January 2007, the Breens donated $5.5 million to close Grove City College's $68 million Change & Commitment Campaign. For their generous gift, the Breen Student Union was named in their honor and rededicated in May 2007.
Ed has been on the Grove City College Board of Trustees since 2001. The Breens live in New Hope, Pa. and have three children.