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, addresses from regent president Robert D. Fukai and Douglas D. Baker, vice provost for academic affairs, and the unveiling of a dedication plaque.
Smith Center opened in January. At 94,000-plus-square feet of space, it includes 20 classrooms accommodating 1,269 students. The 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.
Thanks to installation of a wireless’ computer data network in the computer classroom, technology lab and the CTLT, portable laptop computers with the proper transmitting hardware will be able to access the WSU data network without plugging into wall jacks. Later, the café and the Level 2 Commons area will be added to the network.
Boasting the “finest technology, the Smith Center is a world class facility serving the educational needs of the university’s undergraduates,” said Rawlins.
This is the second ceremony connected to the building this year. The CUE was officially named for Smith several weeks earlier.