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tdated rooms into spacious, useful, techonologically advanced spaces.
the amenities needed for a typical broadcast, such as camera,
tripod, teleprompter, recording system and flat panel screen.
Placed next to the digital toolbox classroom, students are able
to record footage and move only a short distance to the lab to
edit their material.
Next to this practice room, The Circle has a dedicated space
on the main level where they hold weekly editorial meetings to
plan and design their publication. This also allows Circle staff
and writers to move from their office to the flexible lab space.
Also on the first floor and down the hall from the toolbox
lab is the new physical home of the Marist College Center for
Sports Communication. Launched in the fall of 2011, the
Center hosts events, conducts research on sports media and
communication issues, and forges partnerships with external
agencies. The Center’s space in Lowell Thomas includes a con-
ference area and desks for student interns. The space includes a
70-inch screen ideal for sports viewing and presentations. The
Center also allows for campus guests to meet informally with
sports communication students. Attached to the main room of
the center is the office for Center Director Dr. Keith Strudler,
who is excited by having a physical home to the once only
virtual center.
“While the Center is driven by ideas, it’s still important to
have a space where people can gather to work on these ideas,”
Strudler said. “And the 70-inch screen is nice for watching
sports.”
Close to the Center on the first floor is an updated intern-
ship office, typically one of the busiest spots in the building.
Moving from a tight one-room space on the second floor,
internship director Gerald McNulty and his associate Deborah
Porter now work with students in a glass-walled two-room
suite.
The 2012 summer renovations also included a complete trans-
formation of the once dunegeon-like lower level of the build-
ing. This included the addition of a 70-seat screening room,
similar to a movie theater. This space houses professional grade
equipment that will be used in courses, presentations and other
screening opportunities.
“The room has the best equipment that money can buy right
now,” Steven Ralston, dean of the School of Communications
& the Arts, said.
As a film studies professor, Willoquet-Maricondi said she was
especially excited for the theater, adding that every major in the
school benefits from some piece of the renovation in the build-
ing.
Many upgraded student spaces were moved to the lower level
of the building, giving students first-rate collaborative rooms
to work and think. Marist College TV’s office relocated to the
lower level, as did the school ’s radio station, WMAR, which
was previously located in the Student Center. There is also a
meeting room to be shared among communications and media
arts clubs on the lower level. The debate team moved into its
own room in the lower level as well.
Sophomore Brianna Flynn, a radio/television/film and public
relations student, said the new club room was something she
most looked forward to when she returned to Marist after sum-
mer break. As a member of MCTV and the Public Relations
Student Society of America chapter at Marist, she said she’s
excited to see the clubs grow with the renovations.
“I think the renovations will have a positive influence on the
experiences of clubs,” Flynn said.
In addition to the club space, the lower level consists of six
renovated classrooms. Between the lower level and main level,
there are also several multi-purpose classrooms to be shared
by students of all majors. At least two of the multi-purpose
classrooms are lecture-capture ready, which allows professors
to broadcast out from the classroom or allow a class to view a
broadcast. While classes will still be kept small, various classes
may come together as a larger group for certain events, such
as guest speakers or presentations pertaining to students from
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ned, and new lighting was put in. Students
edicated space for the campus television
room spaces with seminar-style desks and
The lower level and much of the main
floor were renovated during summer
2012. The remainder of the building will
undergo renovations during summer
2013, with a completion date of fall 2013.
The lower level hallway now boasts a gathering space for students
to use for study and group project work. The addition of these areas
add to the usefulness of the overall space, encouraging students to
take advantage of the new facilities.