PULLMAN, Wash. — A public dedication of the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education at Washington State University is set for 10:30 a.m. May 9.

It will be held on the Cyber Café patio, located on the center’s first floor. A reception and tours follow the ceremony.

WSU President V. Lane Rawlins will preside at the event, which will include comments from Samuel H. Smith, the university’s president emeritus, who led WSU from 1985-2000. Regent President Robert D. Fukai and Douglas D. Baker, vice provost for academic affairs, will speak and a dedication plaque will be unveiled.

The Smith Center opened for classes in January and is the newest WSU building in Pullman. Architects designed the Center for Undergraduate Education with a mix of contemporary and traditional elements including brick, stone and glass to help it blend into the surrounding campus. Features of the building incorporate the latest teaching methods, such as moveable furnishings, seating areas throughout the building for students to interact or study and private rooms for group work.

The 94,000 square foot building includes 20 classrooms – complete with Internet access at every seat – that can accommodate 1,269 students. Those classrooms include two auditoriums with seating for 245 and 109, 12 medium-size classrooms with seating for 36-40, five large classrooms with seating up to 81 students and one computer classroom with seating for 30.

In addition, the building houses a computer technology lab with 63 workstations and additional space for 33 laptops. Wireless computer data network access is available in the lab as well as the computer classroom. And students can check out digital video cameras and camcorders and wireless laptops and reserve time to use graphics, digital video editing and sound/music editing workstations. The Cyber Café includes Internet access features and seats 31.

The building also has state-of-the-art energy conservation features such as sensors that shut down lights when spaces are not occupied, insulated window glass and a sleep mode with programmable heating, cooling and lighting.

The building features a 285 stall parking structure with exterior parking for 65 vehicles.