New mass communications facilities on target for fall completion
Infusion of $250,000 from an unrestricted gift to the Imagine Tomorrow campaign is taking new facilities for the Department of Mass Communications from Chevrolet to Cadillac.
Combining those funds with $750,000 from the university will enable creation of a fully integrated multimedia learning environment on the second floor of Deputy Hall, transforming the student experience.
Work is scheduled for completion this fall on the new space that combines a former student production space with studios vacated last year by Lakeland Public Television, said department chair Dr. Virgil Bakken.
â€œItâ€™s an integrated multimedia space for students in radio, print and TV all in the same area, sharing electronic resources and working together,â€ Bakken said. â€œItâ€™s a big deal.â€
Two new interactive classrooms will greatly expand multimedia learning, and new technology will facilitate broadcast of BSU events from the Sanford Center and campus locations, he said.
Guidance on the project and curriculum came from Dr. Michael Bugeja of Iowa State Universityâ€™s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.