On Wednesday, October 30th, the Office of the President held a ribbon cutting ceremony in one of the General Purpose Classrooms, Agricultural Sciences (AGRI) 214. Texas Tech President, Dr. M. Duane Nellis spoke about the impact of new and renovated learning spaces on campus, as well as acknowledged various departments involved with the classroom and building renovations. Interim Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, spoke about the upgrades to classroom technology and classes offered by the Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center (TLPDC) to aid faculty/staff with staying current on technological advances. Three students in attendance aided Dr. Nellis and Dr. Schovanec with the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.
Attendees included personnel from:
- Office of the President;
- Office of the Provost;
- Office of the Chief Financial Officer;
- Academic Support & Facilities Resources;
- Classroom Technology Services; and
- College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
There were various other attendees including:
- Facilities Allocation Council (FAC) committee members;
- Students whom attend class in AGRI 214;
- President Select members; and
- Other GPC initiative supporters.
Before and after pictures were on display to show the improvements to the aesthetics of the room, student seating, and technology. These pictures are now on display in the ASFR office.
We are excited for the opportunity to share the latest in GPC news with several groups this month. Our project staff will be presenting to the Facilities Allocation Council (FAC) on October 10th and to Academic Council on October 15th. If you are a member of these committees, we hope you will be able to attend. We always look forward to sharing project updates with the TTU community.
If you are a member of a committee, department or other group, and you think they would benefit from a presentation regarding GPCs, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to share more information about the project and answer any questions you may have.
It’s almost time for surveys to be distributed! What are these surveys about, you ask? Well, they are the opportunity to express your opinion and BE HEARD! We ask what you like about GPCs and what we can improve on so the project can continue to adequately serve the TTU community.
Surveys are distributed several times a year:
- At the beginning of each long term in order to capture your initial impression of the classroom;
- At the end of each long term to see if your opinion has changed; and
- For years we are doing construction, during the Fall and Spring terms to gather your impression of the room(s) before construction occurs.
At the conclusion of the academic year, the survey information is compiled into a comprehensive assessment book to be published on our website. Keep an eye on your email for the survey link and let your voice be heard!
While you are waiting, check out the results from the 2012-2013 surveys.
This week the technology installation was completed. Installation included:
- Existing Technology
- Computer (purchased Fall 2012)
- Ceiling-Mounted Projector (purchased Fall 2012)
- Projection Screen
- Document Camera
- Two Televisions
- Full-Size Lectern
- New Technology
- Annotation Monitor with Swivel Arm Mount
- Audio System
- System Control Panel
- Assistive Listening Devices – Receivers and Headsets
- A/V Track (contains cables from wall to lectern)
This technology will assist instructors with delivery of the material they are trying to convey to their students.
Additional progress was made on the construction portion of renovations. The ADA tiers were completed with stops and edging and are ready for furniture installation to begin on Tuesday. See pictures below for the last glimpse of the room before furniture is installed.
The carpet has been installed and they are placing the final touches on the ADA tiers, as well as other facets of the room. Today the audio/visual contractor has started installing the new technology for the room. This set-up is complete with new speakers, audio system, annotation monitor, and previously purchased instructor computer and projector. Once installation is complete, new cabling will run throughout the room to ensure proper connections to the existing televisions, projector, and projection screen. Check in next week for pictures of the room + technology before furniture is installed!
This past week, concrete was poured for the ADA tiers. By adding these tiers to the back of the room, it allows for accessible ADA seating to be installed in close proximity to the main entrance/exit of the room. Once the concrete is cured, carpet can be laid.
The whiteboard was hung and covers the majority of the front wall. In keeping with GPC standards, this allows instructors the maximum amount of space when utilizing the whiteboard for instruction.
In addition, the emergency exit expansion was completed and the new door with panic bar installed.