While students were away working summer internships and jobs, traveling near and far, and, we hope, catching a little R & R, Denison’s campus was undergoing more than the normal amount of summertime changes. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights.
Chemistry and biochemistry majors will be conducting their experiments in the Samson Talbot Hall of Biological Science and a few other locations around the North Quad this year while the Ebaugh renovation and 19,000-foot expansion continues. Meanwhile, the professors’ will take up office space in Chamberlin House. When all is finished in the fall of 2011, the new Ebaugh will feature four classrooms of varying size, six teaching laboratories, research lab space for 10 faculty, and instrumentation rooms on each floor.
Student parking behind the Mitchell Center:
As the college anticipates a new natatorium and expansion of the Mitchell Center (provided we can raise the funds), a new student parking lot was built behind the Mitchell Center—and that much closer to student housing on the East Quad.
Knapp Hall Performance Lab:
The Dance and Theatre departments have a new uphill performance space in the basement of Knapp Hall. Formerly a large amphitheatre-style lecture room, the new facility has all the latest and coolest stuff: computerized systems for interactive performance and primo lighting, video projectors, screens, and sound.
Academic Quad marker:
Look carefully and you’ll see something new on the A-quad, a historic marker tucked in between Higley and Slayter, that indicates the location of the college’s first brick building, Marsh Hall, which was built in 1854 and razed in 1940.
Fellows Hall update:
Classrooms, offices, and computer labs in Fellows Hall are greener and more comfortable after the HVAC system was replaced this summer. The circa-1965 building also got new ceilings, carpets, lights, and other office renovations.
The Spectrum Series:
Denison’s annual campus-wide, theme-based series of events, studies, and speakers has been renamed the Spectrum Series. This year’s focus on “Technology and Community” kicks off with bestselling author and 21st century opinion leader Steven Berlin Johnson, who will deliver the Opening Convocation in Swasey Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Language and Culture House:
This special-interest, multi-linguistic residence program moves from Sigma Alpha Epsilon house to Preston House (pictured above), and much closer to campus. Some exciting plans made by and for its residents and faculty advisors promise a year of multicultural events and dining adventures.
After the smashing success of Trayless Tuesdays last year, the dining halls are making it a permanent feature — which means less food waste and less water use.
An “emphasis” on Bluegrass:
The newest addition to the course catalog, the Bluegrass emphasis, is something to sing about. Five courses, plus lessons and ensemble work, will earn this designation on your diploma. And in celebration, the Vail Series is kicking off its season with a concert by Mark O’Connor with Dailey and Vincent on Sept. 29.
Sandella’s Flatbread replaces Ultimate Baja:
Ultimate Baja was, unfortunately, not the ultimate for Denison, so the Slayter bistro has been replaced by Sandella’s Flatbread Café, a national franchise (not from the college food service) whose menu specializes in grilled flatbreads, wraps, paninis and salads — get ready for a lot of YUM!