Changes in technology, curricula, and academic programs all necessitate changes in campus infrastructure. A major focus for gifts to the College of Arts and Science is the renovation and construction of classrooms and laboratories, as well as the enrichment of teaching technology and educational equipment. In recent years, your ongoing, generous support has helped create wonderful changes for several building projects in various stages of completion.
Cohen Memorial Hall: Nashville art collector George Etta Brinkley Cohen gave this beautiful hall for the fine arts to Peabody College in 1926. After a thorough renovation, it reopened in the fall of 2009 as the home of the Classics Department and History of Art Department. Cohen Memorial Hall also houses the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. To learn more about naming opportunities at Cohen Memorial Hall, please contact Jonathan Petty.
The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt: Located in the southeastern portion of the Vanderbilt campus, The Ingram Commons is an interactive living-learning community for first year students that was completed in 2008. The College of Arts and Science has since completed the addition of a 19,000 square-foot third floor that houses the Political Science Department. Completed in fall 2012, this new facility brings together all political science professors and their three research centers under the same roof for the first time. The new home of political science includes state-of-the-art classrooms, seminar rooms, and study areas for graduate students.
Stevenson Center: A multi-building complex housing the Science and Engineering Library, along with classrooms and laboratories for mathematics, engineering, and the sciences, the Stevenson Center is a stronghold of research and learning on campus. Recently, Arts and Science completed a widespread renovation of several Stevenson Center spaces that entailed reorienting and updating audio-visual equipment in five classrooms, refurbishing offices and meeting spaces for mathematics faculty and teaching assistants, and redesigning the student computer lab into a more inviting laptop lounge.
Calhoun Hall: Home of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, the third floor of Calhoun Hall was remodeled in 2012 to facilitate multidisciplinary, collaborative, scholarship on the social and societal aspects of health and illness. The renovations support the growing program by creating ten faculty offices, a state-of-the-art conference room, a lounge area, and an administrative office.
Furman Hall: Boasting instruction in fourteen world languages from Spanish to K’iche’, The Center for Second Language Studies on the first floor of Furman Hall is a place where students can connect with speakers of other languages both on campus and across the globe. In addition to a large seminar room with international video conferencing capabilities, the newly renovated space is a spacious gathering area with state-of-the-art devices including iPads and laptops, as well as a small conference room and development studio for faculty and graduate students to explore the uses of technology in the teaching and learning of second languages.
Engineering and Science Building: The 230,000-square-foot Engineering and Science Building is designed to foster project teamwork and offer programs, instrumentation areas, and core research space that will promote interdisciplinary scientific research. The Engineering and Science Building provides flexibility to support new trans-institutional programs and opportunistic hires for academic leaders intersecting the College of Arts and Science and the School of Engineering.
Sandra J. Rosenthal, Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry, exemplifies the collaboration that the space will promote: Rosenthal is professor of Physics, Pharmacology, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering; and joint faculty of the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her groundbreaking research on nanocrystals will benefit greatly from the building’s state of the art laboratories.