Integrated Learning Center Opens Doors to Students

Jan. 10, 2002

Staff at the Integrated Learning Center were prepared as the new center opened its doors for learning on Jan. 9.

Lynne Tronsdal, associate dean of the University College, said faculty, staff and administrators staffed tables at the entrances along with whiteboards. Signs and directories were erected and personnel were available to direct students if they were unsure where to go. Tronsdal said the ILC can handle 1,200 students an hour.

"We've got the computers hooked up now," said Lynne Tronsdal, associate dean of the University College. "The computers really give a feel for the kind of services the students can receive in technology." Tronsdal also said that faculty have been going through orientation sessions since October in preparation to teach at the ILC.

The $20 million, 119,032 square-foot building is the computer and classroom center for incoming students. The University College, together with the UA's library services, the Freshman Year Center and the Center for Computing and Information Technology, developed the building to help freshmen adjust to academic life at the UA and ensure their success in improving retention. The center was originally dedicated on Oct. 16 during Family Weekend.

The high technology classrooms are in use, the Information Commons connecting to the Main Library is equipped with a significant portion of student equipment and the Freshman Center is open to offer advising, tutoring and other services.

The Information Commons is on the same schedule as the rest of the Main Library, which opens on Sundays at 11 a.m. and remains open 24 hours through Fridays when it closes at 9 p.m. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Because of budget cuts, equipping and staffing of the Media Center, designated for faculty support and development of innovative new instructional materials, has been delayed. There also have been reductions in the number and variety of resources in the Information Commons.

"The media center was not fully funded," she said. "We hoping to get that funded in the fall. We have a media director that's been hired and we have a couple of maintenance people. We're in the process of hiring two other support, tech people."

Construction on the ILC began May 1998.