July 19, 2012
Dear Faculty and Staff:
I am scrambling to cross off everything on my to-do list before I leave for vacation and want to update you on summer happenings and opening of school matters before I head out.
This summer has been consumed with major facilities projects, both planned and unplanned. The Lingen Technology Commons is scheduled for occupancy on August 7. I cannot wait for you to see the space – it is wonderful! You can tour the classrooms, seminar room and study commons and learn about their many bells and whistles the afternoon of August 20. We will hold the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Commons at noon on Wednesday, August 29. Tours and refreshments will be available for all comers.
The new science facility is gaining height by the day! The steel and concrete framing that is going up now should be completed by October 1 – I expect to see them pour the second floor any day now. Conlon Construction hopes to have a rough closure (i.e., the exterior walls) by December 1 to get inside before the serious snow starts flying. We are currently working with vendors to find façade stone that matches the façade of CBH. Occupancy of the building is slate for the end of June, 2013.
The summer dry weather has been good for construction but not pleasant for anyone working in CBH. The cooling tower installation crew should be on campus this week, and we anticipate the start-up date for the new cooling system on July 25. The nursing and physical therapy offices on the first floor of CBH have experienced periodic flooding in recent years and are getting a facelift this summer to replace the carpeting and tiles and repaint the walls. The work will be completed in early August.
If you were on campus in the past two weeks, you could not have missed the ever expanding ditch in the Keller lot region. The excavators chased down a steam pipe leak and three water pipe leaks! The pipes are now replaced, the ditch filled, hard surfaces restored and the rear door to the Atrium is accessible. (By the way, thanks to the person who left multiple footprints in the wet cement.) The renovation of the kiln shed behind Eliza Kelly Hall is nearing completion. The improvements were needed to meet fire code for a new kiln, which will be installed on or around September 1. With all this construction Dee is looking into a Segway for Brian to hustle between job sites!
I look forward to beginning a new academic year with our annual opening meetings August 20-22. New faculty orientation is scheduled for Monday. Anyone interested in participating in Norm Freund’s heritage tour should be in the Atrium by 1 pm. The entire campus community will gather Tuesday morning for the annual opening meeting. Everyone is invited to stay for the presentation by Dr. Christy Price, Ed. D., Professor of Psychology at Dalton State College, “Why Don’t My Students Think I’m Groovy? The New “R”s for Engaging Millennial Learners.” In the afternoon, she will continue her work with faculty and interested staff. This year’s annual picnic will be at Eagle Point Park. Bring the entire family and a dish to share and join in the good time. We will welcome new students on Wednesday for CONNECT. Please plan to join the new students and their families at the opening session in the Kehl Center at 4 pm. Transfer CORE will be held on Thursday.
Thursday, I head off for my annual swim with the sharks and a week without phone or computer. I encourage each of you to make the most of the remaining weeks of summer because this is going to be another eventful year.
Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D.