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University to celebrate expansion of O.A. Grant Humanities Building
Expansion Celebration Tarleton State University's O.A. Grant Humanities Building has undergone a recent renovation and expansion to include space for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts' Department of Communication Studies, University Writing Center and other state-of-the-art learning facilities. The public is welcome to attend the Oct. 31 Expansion Celebration at 2 p.m., and tour the academic building.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton State University will host an Expansion Celebration at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, marking the completion of a 34,000-square-foot addition to the Stephenville campus’ O.A. Grant Humanities Building.

University President F. Dominic Dottavio and College of Liberal and Fine Arts Dean Kelli C. Styron invite the public to attend the ceremony and tour the renovated academic facility, which houses technologically up-to-date learning spaces.

Located near the main south entry into the Tarleton campus at the corner of Lillian and Washington streets, the Grant building is recognizable with the addition of a cylindrical glass tower at the southwest corner of the facility, and now serves as home to the college’s Department of Communication Studies and University Writing Center.

Guests attending the ceremony are welcome to park in Lot P-30, at the corner of Washington and Lillian streets.

The expansion project included renovating more than 12,000 square feet of existing space and adding two floors to bring the entire facility up to three floors. Originally constructed in 1973, the 40-year-old building was rehabilitated to keep up-to-date with current educational needs and trends, and features collaborative learning spaces for use by students from all across the university.

From private video podcast rooms where students can improve speaking and presentation assignments by watching their practices to the “mediascape” rooms with top-notch technology for group collaboration skills, Tarleton students now have the best facilities available to improve important skill sets needed for success in the classroom and future success in their careers, Styron said.

A large second floor balcony with WiFi Internet access and two smaller balconies provide outdoor settings for study, classes or projects. A new outdoor amphitheater offers tiered seating for classroom lectures, performances of all kinds and a pleasant place for students to gather, relax and study.

“The new University Writing Center expands what we are able to offer our students,” Styron noted. “We now have study carrels, one-on-one tutorial stations, private tutorial rooms, a multimedia tutorial classroom and expanded graduate assitant and adjunct office areas. The new facility uses natural light, an inviting environment, and is staffed with the best writing tutors on campus. The Center exits to the second floor veranda, which offers an additional space for students to study and relax.”

Also included in the expansion is a state-of-the-art Media Convergence Lab, which allows Tarleton students to hone their news-gathering and broadcast experiences, Styron said. “The new location is phenomenal. Today’s Tarleton students are able to create a daily broadcast with a soundproof control room and the latest equipment, aired on the Web, on Northland Cable and Granbury TV.

“The students are able to report on international, national, regional, state, local and campus news events with hands-on experience. This ‘learning lab’ environment allows students to work together in a real-world setting to meet daily newscast deadlines, compile and edit news stories, and produce a broadcast on a regular basis,” added Styron.

Housed on the third floor of the O.A. Grant tower, the broadcast studio has a background view of the campus, a green screen for image creation, and a blackout curtain when needed. The anchor desk and in-studio seating create a great location for interviewing guests.

The O.A. Grant Humanities Building also includes a Digital Motion Capture Lab, featuring new, cutting-edge technologies.

“This lab gives faculty members the ‘black box’ required to create digital animation with high-tech software that our students love,” said Styron. “The actor can don a motion-capture suit coated with reflective material that is tracked by cameras that record the actor’s movements in order to create any sort of character desired for digital animation, suitable for video gaming, film, kinesiology research or other creative outlets not yet readily available.”

In addition to new learning spaces for communication studies majors, the expanded building houses the Public Relations and Event Management Lab for students majoring in that growing field. From start to finish, events can be put together with careful attention to detail, management of all contingencies and handled with expert communication plans. From writing press releases to creating budgets to executing perfectly coordinated campaigns for real-world clients, students now receive hands-on experience and education.

Relocated from the Tarleton Center, the Hon. Charles Stenholm Exhibit has found a new permanent home within the O.A. Grant Building near the college dean’s suite.

“The Stenholm Exhibit is something I am truly proud of,” said Styron. “Rep. Charles Stenholm is a 1959 graduate of Tarleton, and we are privileged to be able to display relics from his many days of service in Washington D.C. through various one-of-a-kind photos and artifacts. Rep. Stenholm has been a great friend to the university, and we are very pleased to be able to showcase his lifetime of service to the citizens of Texas.”

The $13.6 million expansion and renovation project was completed ahead of the fall 2014 term, and was covered by Permanent University Funds granted to Tarleton.

“I believe the addition of the 34,000 square feet offers a new environment full of amenities, which our students deserve and which they will highly utilize,” said Styron. “This construction project has been a major endeavor for the university, and I believe our students will benefit today and far into the future from the specifically designed and well-appointed facility.”

Tarleton State University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to engage societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.

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Contact: Sabrina Baker
254-968-9141
sbaker@tarleton.edu

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Expansion Celebration

Tarleton State University's O.A. Grant Humanities Building has undergone a recent renovation and expansion to include space for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts' Department of Communication Studies, University Writing Center and other state-of-the-art learning facilities. The public is welcome to attend the Oct. 31 Expansion Celebration at 2 p.m., and tour the academic building.