PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s newest building — designed to incorporate state-of-the-art technology and teaching methods — will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m., May 9.
The ceremony for the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education will be held on the Cyber CafÃ© patio on the center’s first floor. President V. Lane Rawlins will preside at the event, which will include comments from Smith, the university’s president from 1985-2000. A reception and tours will follow the ceremony.
During his presidency, Smith established WSU campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver to serve place-bound and job-bound students. Under his leadership, the university also strengthened undergraduate and graduate education and made major strides in research and public service. A national leader in distance education, he was honored as the Justin Smith Morrill Memorial lecturer, given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and NASULGC for outstanding contemporary leadership in higher education.
The Smith Center houses state-of-the-art classrooms, offices and a host of programs including the General Education Program; Writing Program; student computer technology lab; the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology; and a Cyber CafÃ©. The shared facility provides better collaboration between the programs housed there and easier accessibility for students.
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. A Cyber CafÃ© includes Internet access features and seats 31.