Dedication ceremony marks completion of Arts and Science Complex at HCC

March 22, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Hagerstown Community College a held dedication ceremony Friday for Behavioral Sciences and Humanities Building and Learning Support Center.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

The renovated Behavioral Sciences and Humanities (BSH) Building and a new faculty development center in the Learning Support Center at Hagerstown Community College were part of dedication ceremony Friday that marked the completion of the Arts and Science Complex.

The BSH Building formerly was the Classroom Building and the Learning Support Center was the former Science Building.

The Arts and Science Complex also includes the expanded Kepler Center and a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building.

“All four of the buildings support the Arts and Science programs on campus,” HCC President Guy Altieri said. “This is truly a momentous event to have all of that completed.”

Renovations in the BSH Building include an updated auditorium space, updated classrooms with more open space to bring in natural light, and a faculty development center called the Fletcher Faculty Development Center, HCC Construction Manager Gerard Rath said. The Fletcher Faculty Development Center is meant to provide resources to help parttime and fulltime faculty members strengthen their skills through various activities, Teresita Fawcett, coordinator of the center, said.

The Learning Support Center combines all of the all of the learning support centers on campus into one building and includes a classroom for classes in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program as well as a science dissection room.

The buildings, along with the STEM building, are also all “green and sustainable,” Rath said.

“With the completion of these buildings, we have absolutely just transformed the look of Hagerstown Community College as a campus,” he said.

HCC Class of 2012 Graduate Barbara Kulusic, 57, of Smithsburg, is still taking classes on campus and said she uses the new Learning Support Center often.

“In the Learning Support Center there’s just more openness, and if it tends to get too noisy you can check out headphones just to break down the noise,” she said. “There are a lot more computers, and you can’t say enough about the tutors.”

Zulfiya Muradova, 18, of Hagerstown, is in her second semester at HCC and said that she always goes to the Learning Support Center when she has free time.

“I like how there’s a lot of space, and there are a lot of areas you can have a study group,” she said. “There are a lot of tutors here who can help with science, biology and math.”

HCC psychology professor Louise Wine, who has an office and teaches in the BSH Building, said that she likes the “aesthetics” of it and the “variety of resources” in the classroom.”

“We have DVD access, we use PowerPoint for the lectures, and it makes it very easy to transition from one activity to the next,” she said. “In the past there wasn’t the consistency from one classroom to the next. Some of the systems worked a little bit differently, whereas now they’re all the same.”

The total construction costs for the projects are $4.3 million for the BSH Building and $3.24 million for the Learning Support Center.

Students, faculty, and administration members gathered in the auditorium of the BSH Building for the Friday morning dedication ceremony.

The event’s speakers included Altieri, Wine, and Kulusic as well as HCC Board of Trustees Chair Greg Snook, Washington County Commissioners President Terry Baker, and HCC Vice President of Academic Affairs David Warner.

Afterward everybody went outside for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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