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Student Multimedia Design Center Received Award

    The AIA (American Institute of Architecture) Delaware awarded the architectural firm, Clark Design Group, PC, the AIA Honor Award in recognition of architectural excellence and the advancement of the client’s business goals related to the design of the Student Multimedia Design Center.  The Award was in the “Delaware Business Award Educational Category.”

    The Award which came on a large handsome plaque, black with white etched lettering, will be hung in the Student Multimedia Design Center.

The formal “Opening” of the new Student Multimedia Design Center was held on Tuesday, February 27, 2007.    This state-of-the-art facility located on the lower level of the Morris Library has 6 studios, 2 classrooms, and over 70 multimedia workstations containing a broad range of multimedia software.  The Student Multimedia Design Center was designed to be a flexible space with movable workstations, rolling chairs, Smartboards, white boards, and privacy screens, where students can work in groups, as well as individually. 

    The Student Multimedia Design Center was designed to meet the current and future needs of the increasing number of classes which involve creation of multimedia presentations as a course requirement and use of multimedia to enhance presentation skills.  The multimedia equipment and workstations are available for use by all University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff, who can create and edit multimedia projects for courses and practice presentations.  They may also borrow video cameras, hard drives, light and sound kits, and related equipment to use individually or in collaborative groups.   The Student Multimedia Design Center is one of the largest academic facilities in the country which focuses on multimedia creation.

    The Student Multimedia Design Center is a collaborative service of the University of Delaware Library and Information Technologies with planning of the facilities initiated by Provost Daniel Rich.  The 18-month collaborative planning and implementation process was led by Dr. Sandra Millard, Assistant Director for Library Public Services and Leila Lyons, Director of IT User Services, and involved input from a wide variety of faculty and staff.  In addition to Dr. Millard and Ms. Lyons, the Multimedia Planning Group included Shelly McCoy and Bryce Spencer, Library; and Carol Anderer, Jean Neff, Paul Hyde, IT/User Services; and Carroll Schmitt, the UD Facilities Project Manager.   Dozens of faculty were involved in planning and focus groups.

    Provost Daniel Rich commented, "The new Student Multimedia Design Center will help meet the needs of students in every discipline to communicate effectively through multimedia.   This successful collaboration between the Library and Instructional Technologies has created a unique facility that provides a flexible multimedia environment to meet diverse academic needs.  I'm confident that UD students will benefit greatly from the distinctive learning opportunities supported by the new Center.”

    The Student Multimedia Design Center was made possible in part through funding from the Unidel Foundation and the Office of the Provost, and also received support from the State of Delaware.


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