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Open House Aug.

Open House Aug. 22 for TWU Arts and Sciences Building

8/7/02


DENTON — The community is invited to a reception marking the completion of renovations to the Arts and Sciences Building (ASB) at Texas Woman's University. The reception will be Aug. 22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in ASB, located near the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Third Street.

Original construction on ASB began in 1958. The $4.5 million renovation project began two years ago to update the 48,163 square-foot building and make it more suited for 21st century teaching methods.

The renovated space includes three computer labs, a lecture room, three seminar rooms and 13 classrooms. The classrooms are wired to accommodate high-tech instructional equipment, which can be controlled from each classroom's lecture station.

"I'm excited about the incorporation of instructional technology into the classrooms. Before, you had to roll equipment in and out for each class," said Dr. Patricia Hamilton, professor of nursing, who sat on the committee that made renovation recommendations.

"There was a lot of discussion about current and future use and projecting future use of space. We spent six months with the architect discussing needs. And everyone (departments) that uses the building had input."

Along with classroom facilities, ASB also is home to the Center for Nonlinear Research and the College of Nursing, which averages 1,400 students and is the largest nursing program in the state of Texas. TWU's nursing program graduates 13 percent of Texas' new nurses annually, and its students have a first-time pass rate of 96.9 percent on the nursing licensure exam. Other amenities in ASB include a research and reading room for graduate students and a student lounge with study space.

Randall Scott Architects of Dallas is the architect of record for the project. Constructors Inc. of Dallas is the general contractor.

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Note: The media is welcome to attend the open house on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Parking will be available on Oakland Avenue, across from the Arts and Sciences Building.


For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu