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Preparations in full swing for Old Main, Studley Theatre closings

Teamwork is vital as the campus community prepares for the three-year renovation project of the Old Main Building. During the renovation, both Old Main and the Julien J. Studley Theatre will be closed to occupants, resulting in a 20- percent reduction of classroom space and the loss of a 760-seat venue for campus and local community events.

The Provost's Office worked with the deans and department chairs across campus to create a new class schedule that effectively creates 16 classrooms on campus. Meanwhile, a committee is working to address the temporary closing of Studley Theatre, a popular venue for college and community events.

The School of Fine and Performing Arts is busy determining how its schedule of events 50 events a year will fit into the oncampus spaces available McKenna Theatre, Parker Theatre, the Sheppard Recital Hall, the Athletic and Wellness Center and Elting Gym host approximately 50 events a year.

"It presents a new opportunity for us to rethink our performance schedule while we try to compress the space available," said Christine DeLape, assistant to the dean of Fine and Performing Arts. "We know we have to share."

DeLape said that in addition to being a popular venue for student organizations and campus-wide events like Convocation, Studley Theatre is a hot rental property for local organizations. In preparation for the closing, DeLape informed many outside organizations, such as the New Paltz Middle School, Unison Arts and Mountain Laurel Waldorf, a year in advance about the renovation of Old Main and Studley Theatre.