|THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS||VOLUME XIX NUMBER 1 Fall 2003|
It is said that "any sufficiently advanced technology will give the appearance of magic." In May, we waved a giant backhoe, muttered our incantation (Golleeee!), and when the dust (remarkably little, actually) settled three months later, like magic, there was a new Science Center. Well, not one that you can hold classes in, but now with the addition framed in steel, and concrete floors poured, the shape and form and presence of the Science Center are real to everyone every day they walk up Appian Way. The first goal for the building, creating a visible presence for the sciences on campus, already has been achieved! Visiting guidance counselors and prospective students this year are going to be as impressed as we are. The good news continues: "On budget and on schedule for August 2004." Meanwhile, visit our web cam at www.keene.edu/science and see the construction for yourself!
Also, like magic, the mathematics faculty are back in their totally renovated building at 88 Winchester Street, complete with an addition of two new classroom spaces. That was a significant project in itself, on an extremely tight timeline. The fact is that the week before classes the building was swarming with builders, movers, and faculty. Somehow, everyone kept up their good spirits and managed in the face of the inevitable surprises (OK, the heating works, but how do we turn it off?!). It is a beautiful building blending new entryways and stairs, a lift for handicapped access, two new air-conditioned classrooms, updated technology, and new windows and finishes throughout.
Meanwhile, students looking for science classes felt sometimes like they were engaged in a scavenger hunt. "What room is sgym 308?" Hint, find the new indoor jogging track and look to your right. "Where is eins1?" Hint, check out the new lab trailers behind the gym and look for one labeled "Einstein."
We are still very busy planning the orders for furniture and equipment, and setting shipping dates to coordinate with the return move next summer. Faculty have been submitting grants already for funds to support faculty/student projects when they get into the new building. We all have to remember, we don't reach an end when we finish building the new Science Center. We reach a new beginning.