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Faculty and Staff Move Into the Shaw Center
Hillyer College Dean David Goldenberg and Administrative Assistant Marjorie Arnold move into the new Hillyer College dean's suite in the Shaw Center.
Michele Troy, associate professor of English and director of the Hillyer College Honors Program, celebrates the move into her new office. Troy said she is especially excited about the spacious common area in the Shaw Center, to be known as "Regents Commons," because it will allow for “serendipitous” interactions among students, faculty, and staff.
"Regents Commons," located in the heart of the Shaw Center/Hillyer Hall complex, will provide an informal gathering space for students and faculty, and may also be used for formal programming, such as speakers and films. It is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
Hillyer College faculty and staff have moved into their new offices in the Shaw Center, and the entire project – including a spacious common area in the heart of the complex – is expected to be completed by the end of this month.
The two-story, 10,000-square-foot addition to Hillyer Hall will, for the first time, provide a dedicated “home” for Hillyer College.
The addition includes much-needed faculty offices and a state-of-the art classroom for the Hillyer honors program, which is already in use. The dean’s offices for Hillyer College and the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) are now located in the Shaw Center, and the dean’s office for the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) is now located in a newly renovated suite on the second floor of the “old” Hillyer Hall building.
A large common area, to be known as “Regents Commons,” sits at the center of the Shaw Center/Hillyer Hall complex, and is expected to be completed later this month. Regents Commons will provide an informal gathering space for students and faculty from Hillyer College, A&S, ENHP, and other schools that hold classes in Hillyer Hall. It also may be used for formal programming, such as speakers and films.
The Shaw Center project also will result in four new general purpose classrooms in Hillyer Hall, in the spaces that had previously been occupied by faculty offices. Those classrooms also are expected to be completed by the end of this month.
“In a few weeks, Hillyer College, for the first time in its history, will have a home that’s something other than a hallway,” said Hillyer College Dean David Goldenberg. “This is a monumental point in time in the history of this college, and I’m just happy to be dean at the time when all this is taking place.”
Goldenberg thanked Senior Project Manager Chris Dupuis, the Facilities Department, “and all the staff who have done such a great job in making this environment such a high quality place to work and learn.” Goldenberg said he also is grateful to the faculty and staff of A&S, ENHP, and Hillyer, many of whom had to move multiple times during the semester and endure significant noise and disruption during the construction.
Dupuis said that the Shaw Center project addresses three key needs that were identified in the University’s 2009 Facilities Master Plan: additional office space for faculty and staff, additional classroom space, and informal gathering space where students and faculty can interact. The office space was especially needed because many Hillyer faculty members had been situated in cubicles, with no privacy when they were advising or mentoring students.
Michele Troy, associate professor of English and director of the Hillyer College Honors Program, said she is especially excited about the new Regents Commons, because it will allow for “serendipitous” interactions among students, faculty, and staff, and will provide Hillyer students with “a space to call their own.”
The addition, officially known as the Shaw Center at Hillyer College, is named for lead donors John “Jay” Shaw A'74 and Debi Shaw, who made a gift of $1.5 million to the project. Hillyer Hall, which was built in 1962, was the first classroom building to be constructed on the University’s Bloomfield Avenue campus, and this is the first major renovation to Hillyer Hall since it first opened its doors.
Hillyer College, the University’s two-year, associate’s degree-granting college, prepares students to pursue bachelor’s degrees through a solid liberal arts curriculum within a structured and highly supportive learning environment.