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Release: March 12, 1999

 

UI takes student government leaders on tour to view classroom improvements

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Student government leaders Thursday afternoon got a tour of University of Iowa classrooms that were part of $4.5 million in classroom improvements completed in the past 20 months. The tour was arranged to show students progress that has been made since former student government leaders took UI administrators on a tour of classrooms in need of improvement.

"The University's goal is to provide classrooms that are appropriately equipped and are also dynamic and flexible places to teach and learn," said UI Provost Jon Whitmore.

The biggest project was last summer's $2.5 million renovation of Macbride Auditorium, one of the UI's largest lecture halls. That project included new seating, carpeting, paint and installation of 21th-century classroom instructional equipment.

Also receiving attention were classrooms in English Philosophy Building, Lindquist Center, Van Allen Hall, Schaeffer Hall, Seashore Hall, MacLean Hall, Phillips Hall, Gilmore Hall, Trowbridge Hall, Jessup Hall, and the Main Library.

Besides the installation of high-tech instructional equipment and wiring, many of the improvements were of the low-tech kind to improve comfort and aesthetics: painting, plastering, refurbishing ceilings and floors, and the installation of air conditioning equipment.

In addition, students and faculty in Lindquist Center and the English-Philosophy Building now have classrooms and offices wired for the Internet, and new teaching laboratories are now serving students and faculty in the departments of physics and astronomy, bookbinding, and journalism.

"This work reflects the high priority the university is placing on improvements to teaching spaces," said Associate Provost John Folkins, who led the tour. "These improvements contribute in a big way toward two university strategic goals: comprehensive strength in undergraduate education and a high-quality academic and working environment."