Crane will place new clock tower atop van den Berg this winter
One of the most distinguishing architectural features of the SUNY New Paltz campus -- the clock tower on top of the historic van den Berg Learning Center -- will finally be replaced this winter.
It has been missing from the campus skyline for 14 years, ever since the original clock tower was destroyed by fire in May 1990 but, according to John Shupe (assistant vice president of Facilities Management), they are already making preparations on site for the arrival of the two cranes that will be needed to lower the clock on to the building on Jan. 8.
"We have been waiting for this for many years and now we are bringing it back," said Shupe. "This will be the crowning touch to the (VLC) renovation."
The replacement of the clock tower is one part of the overall rehabilitation of the building to accommodate the School of Business and the Nursing program.
Once complete, the renovation will double the amount of classroom and lab space for the School of Business and, according to Emily Trapp (director of Instructional Media Services), incorporate 17 state-ofthe- art "smart" classrooms wired with video/data projectors, sound systems, DVD/VCR playback, desktop computer/video/audio inputs and document camera touch-screen or push-button system controllers.
In addition, Trapp said, two of these classrooms will be equipped with distance learning technology, which will enhance two of the college's new academic partnerships: the SUNY-YÖK Dual Diploma program with Turkey and the Partnership for Higher Education, a $2.9 million endeavor created between New Paltz and Sullivan County Community College (SCCC).
These classrooms will allow New Paltz courses in a variety of fields to be offered at the Sullivan campus and an additional number, likely between 20 to 40 courses, to be offered via live, fully interactive video classes with faculty at New Paltz.
NOVEMBER 8, 2004
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