Several of the college’s offices and services have migrated to the newly renovated Alumni Hall. The move has generated positive feedback from many students and staff who feel that it has centralized and united many campus services, but has left the college with the question of how to fill the empty spaces that have been created.
Bastian Family Career Center is among the services that now call Alumni Hall home. Previously housed on the edge of campus in Borzello Hall, Director of the Career Center Terrie Saline has already begun to see the benefits of a more centralized location with more student traffic.
“We weren’t even on the track for tours and visits,” Saline said, who experienced difficulty reaching out to students and explaining to them where her office was located. “The Career Center should be in the middle of campus where the students are.”
The new location brings together offices previously located in six different buildings on campus and has facilitated more fluid communication amongst them. For example, the Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study relocated from the first floor of Old Main.
“One student might be using four offices at one time,” explained the center’s Interim Director, Mariangela Maguire.
Prospective student Morgan Huntington, 18, noticed the convenience of this integration during her tour. “If anyone can’t answer my question, they can walk me to the person who can,” said Huntington.
Throughout the building, several studying spaces referred to as “study nooks,” as well as larger meeting areas exist for students. “This will be nice for finals,” junior Hannah Steele said. “We can always use more group study spaces.” By this spring, students will also have access to a granite patio on the south side of Alumni Hall including tables, benches and chairs.
Student Senate has also relocated its meetings to Alumni Hall’s Forum Room. Because the Forum Room lacks a ceiling, “theoretically, those sitting on the second and third floors of Alumni Hall could hear our discussion and hopefully stop in,” Student Senate President and senior Hiba Ahmed said.
The space is also better equipped for the group’s purposes.
“We have working projectors, computers, HDMI ports and speakers … it’s very convenient,” Ahmed said.
With all of the hustle and bustle of Alumni Hall’s big move, a vast amount of space around campus has seemingly been left behind as the college attempts to fill the vacated spaces.
“There’s a major land grab on campus,” Director of Facilities Services Scott Maust said.
According to Maust, there has been discussion of transforming the old Admission Office’s space, located in the Center of Fine Arts, into a technology center and utilizing other spaces as classrooms or faculty offices.
However, students who frequent CFA have hopes for other renovations.
“I personally am hoping for some theatre studio space, something that can be used as rehearsal space for classes and productions, a drafting studio for design students … something to expand and improve upon some of the facilities already present in CFA,” senior Andrew Purvis said.