The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will now be located on the first floor of Dewey Hall. Offices on the second floor will be occupied by the Office of Minority Student Affairs, the Intercultural Center Director’s Office, and the Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs. The fourth floor will house the Multidisciplinary Studies Center, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Fellowships Office, the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, and the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering.
Assistant Dean and Director of the center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs Jacqueline Levine explained that the new location is much more spacious than the former office and will be in an optimal location. Levine noted that these offices’ proximity provide “a wonderful concentration of student services.”
This summer the Career Center will also relocate to Dewey from its current location in Meliora Hall. “The new facility will be about the same size but layout and traffic flow [will be] much improved,” Burton Nadler, Career Center director, said. “The Dean of the College and all involved in the process [hope] that [it] will provide a convenient place to access so many student services.”
During the day, the first floor classrooms of LeChase will be used for undergraduate courses ranging from “Anthropology of Development” to “Money in Politics.” The Warner School of Education will use these classrooms during the evenings and weekends. In total, approximately 100 different courses will use the new building this spring.
The Warner School has been the fastest growing academic division at UR and has continued to expand academic programs and educational research practices in recent years. In the Warner School’s former location in Dewey, faculty shared offices and hosted classes elsewhere at the University. The plans for the Warner School’s relocation were made in the spring of 2011 with the support of a $3.5 million dollar commitment by University trustee and chairman of LeChase construction, R. Wayne LeChase.
LeChase Hall was designed by Bergmann and Associates of Rochester and meets LEED silver standards, the third highest ranking. The building features a 24-hour technology center, community spaces for campus events, and a “methods” classroom for demonstrations to future teachers.
Cozen is a member of the class of 2015.