First-day impressions for the new Science Building
As first impressions go, the new Science Building left a memorable one Monday, Aug. 25, for students attending the opening day of 2014 fall semester classes.
Comments from students seeing the facility for the first time and faculty members who recently moved in included words such as “very spacious,” “comfy,” “bright with lots of windows,” and “so many opportunities.”
The facility is one of the most significant investments ever made by the state of Tennessee for the enhancement of science and technology education. It opened a full semester earlier than the original projection of January 2015.
Professor Cindi Smith-Walters, Biology, is in her 21st year at MTSU. She said the move into the new building “is like stepping out of shadows and into sunlight.”
“There are so many more opportunities students will have with technology and the facility and being able to do research, and the student areas are unbelievable,” Smith-Walters said.
Senior Kenneth Ball, a Science major and Secondary Education minor from Savannah, Tenn., called it “a wonderful step up from the old buildings.”
After his first class in the new building, Ball found the classroom atmosphere exciting. “This is bright,” he said, “and a step into the future.”
School of Nursing student Moesha Martin, a freshman from Murfreesboro and a graduate of Siegel High School, waited for an early afternoon chemistry class in the spacious first-floor atrium.
“This building is nicely made and very organized,” Martin said. “There’s a calm, cool, collected feel in the lobby. You feel like you can chill. It’s laid back, with lots of light.”
Walking down a hallway and discovering one of the many informal learning areas throughout the building, Martin admired the mobile chairs and the outlets for charging laptops and phones.
“I really like this place,” she said, adding that she expects to spend a lot of time in the building.