Katharine Funari, President Dr. Mittelman, Pelashia Moore Rhodes and
Jo Surpin, Chair of the Salus Board of Trustees
While the University’s new Learning Resource Center has been open and available for student use since January 9, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Monday afternoon for the Board of Trustees
and other stakeholders including both the construction project managers, designers and architects, inviting all to browse the finished product.
“We are thrilled to officially open our state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center,” said President Dr. Mittelman. “I want to thank the Board of Trustees for their support as we’ve moved this, as well as other important infrastructure projects, off the drawing board and into reality.”
Occupying 11,000 square feet on two floors, the Learning Resource Center features open format seating, enhanced wireless internet access, a help desk/service center, collaborative study rooms, computers, printers and a coffee bar. Adjacent to the Resource Center is a 50-person classroom outfitted with state-of-the-art teaching technology.
After an opening toast, Dr. Mittelman invited Richard Winston, principal, BWA Architecture + Planning, to say a few words about the space they created. Winston said the project was challenging, interesting and fun—specifically calling out the Salus committee and the important feedback and ideas they provided. “What is meaningful to me is this was a very smart client who was very involved,” he said.
Before attendees enjoyed refreshments and time to explore, Dr. James Caldwell, dean of Student Affairs, also introduced two students involved with the planning who shared their thoughts on the upgraded study and social spot on campus.
Katharine Funari, student council immediate past executive vice president, shared her excitement over the renovation as a starting point for many welcome changes that Salus has to offer to its students to enhance their learning experience. “My peers and I have enjoyed utilizing the new space for club meetings, study sessions, and quiet reading,” she said. “The new Learning Resource Center has provided not only a space for learning but also a space for collaboration and the formation of peer-to-peer relationships.”
Pelashia Moore Rhodes, student member of the Board of Trustees, explained how the Learning Resource Center is an exceptional gift to the Salus community. “I'm very grateful for all the work and attention to detail that was put into bringing this concept into fruition,” she said. “I am also very appreciative of how student feedback was valued and incorporated into the LRC design.”
Richard Winston, Principal, BWA; Adrienne Piselli, Project Manager, JLL; and
Thomas Kirchner, Project Architect