University of Pennsylvania formally cut the ribbon on Friday, January 22, 2016, for its new
$30-million academic building, which houses seven departments in the College of
Humanities and Social Sciences.
building, located next to Stapleton Library and facing Grant Street, houses the
departments of English, Geography and Regional Planning, History, Journalism
and Public Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies. It also is home to these centers,
institutes, and area studies: the Frederick Douglass Institute for
Intercultural Research; Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health;
Center for Northern Appalachian Studies; Asian Studies program; Latin American
Studies program; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies program;
Pan-African Studies program; Sustainability Studies program; and Women’s and
Gender Studies program.
undergraduate students will attend a class in this new building, as will many
master’s- and doctoral-level students.
IUP President Michael Driscoll noted during the
ceremony that the new facility offers “a variety of spaces for a variety of
learning, the formal and the informal, and places where new discoveries can be
made and shared.”
“In many ways, this new building symbolizes the
very essence of IUP, a learning community where collaboration, inspiration,
knowledge, and curiosity meet and make a wonderful community,” Driscoll said.
The ceremony also included remarks from Timothy
Moerland, IUP provost and vice president for academic affairs; Gealy Wallwork, a
member of the IUP Council of Trustees; state Rep. Dave Reed, a 2000 graduate of
IUP and a member of the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors, via video
message; Yaw Asamoah, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Charles
Cashdollar, IUP professor emeritus of history; Gian Pagnucci, chair of the
Department of English; and Ashley Niccolai, a 2015 IUP graduate and current
graduate student in the Sociology Department.
addition to 31 classrooms (supporting 1,835 seats) and 120 offices, the
126,505-square-foot building includes a 250-seat auditorium, a great hall, an
atrium and sandwich shop, eight conference rooms, two collaborative classrooms,
a public artifacts room, specialty classrooms and labs, and a rooftop plaza for
academic and social space.
Groundbreaking for the new building
took place November 1, 2013. The architect for the building is CannonDesign of
Departments moved into the new building
from McElhaney, Keith, Leonard, Davis, and Sutton halls. The building also
replaces the classrooms and offices of departments that were in Keith and
Leonard halls. As part of the university’s long-range campus master plan, Keith
and Leonard halls will be razed to make space for a new science building and a dining
the building has been funded by the Department of General Services, private gifts
supported additional features. The IUP Ambassadors, a student group, provided
support to enhance the first-floor computer lab (room 102), and the Class of
2013 supported the second-floor seating area.
faculty members have financially supported different areas of the building to
honor colleagues,” Driscoll said. “I want to say thank you for choosing to
place your philanthropic support into our community. These donations illustrate
that we are passionate about our work and that, as an institution, we honor our
and friends supported enhancements to the Wendy Carse Room (504A), the Charles
Cashdollar Town Hall (room 304W), and the Irwin Marcus Public History Room
(304D). The late Carse was a professor of English; Marcus is a professor
emeritus of history.
Thomas Sutton Hall was razed in the 1970s to make way for Stapleton Library,
its stained-glass windows were carefully uninstalled. Four of them were
reinstalled in the library; 10 were placed in storage. A gift from the Class of
2014 enabled the university to engage Peter Jandura, of Connellsville, to
restore the remaining windows, which are on display in the first-floor lobby
area and on the third floor, in the College Commons and near the History Department.
paintings by Vaughn Clay, art professor emeritus, have been installed
throughout the building, as have 14 photographs by local artist Bill Double, a
retired art and theater educator, former University Museum board president, and
current museum board member and installations coordinator.
Photo Information: Chairpersons of the departments housed in the new Humanities and
Social Sciences building, along with the speakers during the event, formally
cut the ribbon for the new building.
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