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story and photos by Desiree M. Cooper
"The library is the heart of the university." – r
Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library will undergo an $11 million renovation to become the Golden Student Success Center, but only if General Obligation Bond C passes this fall.
The proposed plan focuses on reconfiguring almost 50 percent of available square footage into several student service centers, including the Writing Center, a math assistance lab, tutoring offices, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach office, a Graduate Commons, collaborative study spaces, an expansion of Special Collections, a presentation room and a clearing house for retention initiatives.
“Libraries have changed so much in the past 25 years. We don’t order books the same way or use cards to look them up, nor use printed subject indexes to find journals,” said Melveta Walker, director of the Golden Library. “We still have the same purpose of providing information resources, but this renovation will help us provide for the students in different ways.”
The Golden Library, ENMU’s largest building, was constructed in 1952. There were two additions in 1970 and 1979. With an aging infrastructure and changing needs of college students, the renovation has become a priority for the university.
The plans indicate that the Writing Center, which was relocated to the second floor of the Golden Library for the renovation of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building, will be moved downstairs.
Expanded hours for the Writing Center could, if needed, match the 99 ½ hours the Golden Library is open each week. This will give students a more flexible time frame to work on papers with a tutor.
|The Writing Center|
The planned math assistance lab will contain specialized software that many students would not otherwise have access to.
“We have math tutors here now, but not a math lab,” the library director said. “A lot of students don’t have money for their own software, which is becoming an important aspect of math courses. This is our solution for that.”
Ms. Walker, who graduated from ENMU with bachelors in business education and history, said the planned tutoring offices are going to be set up as “social spaces, where cooperative learning can happen.”
Individual distance education offices, where tutors could communicate with distance students online or over the phone, are being planned.
The STEM outreach office is intended to include graduate students who will advise and provide guidance to other students.
“Librarians help with research, but a graduate student can make it more personal,” explained Ms. Walker, who worked as a librarian at the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 25 years,. “That office is not so much for tutoring as it is for guidance. People who gather there will undoubtedly learn quickly.”
The Graduate Commons, which is currently located on the bottom floor of the Campus Union Building, will provide an area where graduate students can gather and brainstorm about research. It will be staffed by professional educators.
The Golden Library is currently divided into a quiet floor and a collaborative learning floor. The Golden Success Center will have a different division of study areas.
Ms. Walker wants to create “nearly invisible isolation,” where students can study in different areas without actual physical barriers.
|Collaborative Learning Area|
“We are also considering using computer pods for different subjects, and are trying to decide if large computer labs are needed. A lab containing only Mac computers is another possibility,” she continued.
Special Collections, which includes the science fiction collection, southwest literature section and the ENMU archives, will be expanded.
A presentation room that can be divided into three classrooms with collapsible walls is being planned for small musical productions, student performances, lectures and more.
Ms. Walker envisions the clearing house for retention initiatives to be a “place where faculty and librarians can go to talk with students about any issues they may be having. In the evening, most offices on campus are closed. This gives students another avenue to communicate.”
Enhanced technology will be available throughout the Golden Student Success Center. One of the planned innovations is a set of integrated laptops that allows students working on group projects to have individualized input that can be manipulated by the entire group.
“This building will not be completed for a couple of years, so there is no telling what is going to come out before then that we will want to include,” Ms. Walker said about all the technological opportunities.
Students who are interested in giving ideas to help with the planning process can participate in the library survey this fall.
Ms. Walker is “excited to get to make some changes. To me, the library is the heart of the university. The main purpose we are here is to learn. This renovation will help us do that.”
For more information, contact Ms. Walker at Melveta.Walker@enmu.edu.
|Art in the library that was created to symbolize students studying together|
COMM 202 is a Dynamic
Summer Course at ENMU
story by Desiree M. Cooper
"This course gives students a chance to understand more deeply how to operate with small groups." – Carlos Moreno
Eastern New Mexico University’s most dynamic summer course, COMM 202- Dynamics of Group Communication, will end its four-week run on June 27. The online class, taught by Carlos Moreno, is worth three-credit hours.
“The course is still being tweaked, but, as of right now, there will be weekly readings in the text, weekly quizzes per the readings, one or two small projects for the semester, one group project, one final exam and weekly use of the discussion board,” said Mr. Moreno, who has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA from ENMU in mass communication and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Queens University of Charlotte, N.C.
The instructor, who taught on-campus at ENMU from 1997-2000 and has been teaching online courses for ENMU since September 2013, enjoys “the group discussions we do using Blackboard's discussion board. My favorite part is when I toss in some current event that is relevant to the course that strikes a nerve with the students. This takes them out of the text for a while and gives them a chance to connect the real-world with what we've been exploring as a class.
|The textbook for COMM 202|
“I encourage students to get the mobile app for Blackboard. It's a great way to keep up with the course on a smartphone and just gives us one more avenue for communication,” he said.
Mr. Moreno’s goal for COMM 202 is for students to “find a nugget or two that they can apply immediately as they communicate within groups in their college careers. I also hope to plant seeds for their future when they become involved in different groups and as part of their personal life and as professionals after college.”
For more information, contact Mr. Moreno at Carlos.Moreno@enmu.edu.
|ENMU Writer's Retreat
|Summer 2014 Upward Bound Students
|Talent Search Math/Science Camp on June 2-6 at ENMU
|Expected to Open in Spring of 2015|
|Photoshopped Picture of the Week|
Former ENMU broadcast student Adam D. Williams recently won a New England Emmy Award.
Dr. Donald C. Elder III, professor of history, has just had a book review accepted for publication by the Annals of Iowa. His review of Across the Divide: Northern Soldiers View the Home Front by Stephen Ramold will appear in the fall issue of that journal.
Dr. Sue Stockly presented a paper, “Accessing State-Level Data in FRED to Study Macroeconomic Variables,” at the American Economic Association Conference on Teaching & Research in Economic Education held in Washington, DC (May 25 – 27). The paper describes quantitative writing assignments in courses in macroeconomics where students collect and analyze data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.
|(Courtesy of the Farmington Daily Times)|
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