Thursday, September 1, 2005
Renovated SFH classrooms officially open
By Rebecca Wyatt, OU Web Writer
Oakland University President Gary Russi was joined by Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Virinder Moudgil and Board of Trustee members Penny Crissman and Jackie Long to officially cut the ribbon opening the doors to the 13 renovated classrooms in South Foundation Hall.
“As some of your may know, South Foundation is our most heavily utilized classroom space, holding classes for both undergraduate and graduate students,” Moudgil said. “Thirteen classrooms on the first floor have been modernized and equipped with enhanced technology amenities. You will notice a new stairwell, corridor and furniture in the classrooms.”
Aside from the changes in the physical appearance of the first floor, it also has been upgraded to a level III technology classroom. Each room has a video/data projection system, VHS/ DVD combination player, personal computer, interactive display with annotation capability, digital document camera, integrated classroom control system and access to the campus network. Classrooms seating more than 50 students have enhanced sound systems with wireless microphone for faculty.
In addition, the first floor of South Foundation Hall has wireless Internet access in all of the classrooms, the hallway and fishbowl area. Grizzly IDs are required to access any of the GrizzNet wireless networks on campus.
“You will see more of these types of improvements to our teaching and learning spaces as we strive to stay current with modern technology and to provide attractive and amenable building environments for students and faculty,” Russi said. “From the moment they enter our campus through graduation and into the workforce, Oakland students are prepared to succeed in whatever field they may chose to pursue. We do that in part by providing the resources and environments needed for them to flourish and to go on and make a difference in the world.”