The Story of How Our New Space Came to Be
During the Fall 2013 semester, our lounge and offices in 1 Pace Plaza underwent an extreme renovation. Over the winter break, the staff moved into the new space. Pictures from the move (and pictures of what the space looked like during construction) can be found here. In the Spring 2014, we unveiled our new space with open arms and excited faces. The lounge has now become one of our students' favorite places in Pace to hang out with friends and study.
The new lounge contains many interesting and fun features. We have a coffee/tea/hot chocolate station, with a brand new Keurig, free coffee, free tea, and free hot chocolate. We also have some fancy CoffeeMate to go with our complimentary beverages! A state-of-the-art water filtration system is available in the hallway just outside the lounge. A full sized fridge is available for students to store their lunches in. There are 2 microwaves available for students as well as plenty of plates, napkins, and utensils. The lounge also sports brand new couches and rolling ottomans for students to enjoy. A television screen is available for use, allowing students to connect their laptops to display on the big screen! We have a computer station set up with 3 computers for students to use throughout the day for their academic needs. The new space includes a group study room, which students use to collaborate on group projects and homework, and an individual study room, which offers students a more quiet study space. One of our favorite rooms in the new space is the video conference room, which allows for students and faculty to Skype or video conference on the screens and is used for Honors Thesis presentations.
The new offices in the space look great! Bill enjoys his new office filled with all of his books and papers. Dr. Dupont also enjoys her office, meeting with students there many times a week. Jaclyn and the student aides adore their new office and took no time after the move to decorate their space.
On April 3, 2014, we held an Honors Open House, officially opening the new space up. The Provost and many Honors faculty and professors came to celebrate and check out the beautiful space. Food, of course, was served and everyone seemed to have a good time. Pictures from the Open House can be viewed here.
On April 14, 2014, we held a Lounge Opening Party for the students. The students enjoyed exploring the space further and enjoyed the free food. Good times were had by all! Pictures from the party can be found below.