Students starting class next week will find a newly remodeled Humanities and Social Sciences Building, complete with more modern furnishings and high-tech facilities. The building features newly configured classrooms with brightly colored chairs that are set on wheels and spin in all directions, smart boards, new carpet and fresh paint with bold accent walls.
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A desire to improve learning and foster more student interaction is driving the renovations of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. The work is already under way and will kick into high gear once the spring semester ends. It will continue through the summer.
Workshops are under way to help instructors learn how to use the new technology and tools they’ll encounter in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building when renovations are completed this fall. Faculty, adjuncts, and graduate teaching assistants are encouraged to sign up for one of several workshops, which will continue through the end of the month. Topics include how to use and reconfigure the flexible classrooms and facilitating group-based learning.
Faculty and students returning to classrooms in the Humanities and Social Sciences building will find some classrooms and almost all hallways stripped of floor tiles and carpets—all in preparation for a major renovation that will be completed this summer.