Dedicated to Students

Guests assemble during the dedication to check out the expanded Library.

Guests assemble during the dedication to check out the expanded Library.

It was such a pleasure this past week to dedicate the new Student Success Center on the Appleton Campus.  Joining us for this brief event were community leaders, students, faculty and staff, elected officials, and members of the Board of Trustees, and the Foundation Board of Directors, all who helped to make this impressive facility a reality.

This is a remarkable two-story facility that has involved both new construction and remodeling of existing space.  For the first time since the early 1970s, we now have opened up the center core of this building and, I believe, have provided our students and community with a warm, welcoming, open, and free-flowing space!

The second floor ribbon falls in front of the Tree of Success during the dedication of the Student Success Center.

The second floor ribbon falls in front of the Tree of Success during the dedication of the Student Success Center.

Many individuals collaborated to grow the unique “Tree of Success” which serves as the focal point of this Center.  Our students and staff nominated the various words that now serve as the leaves of this tree…in response to the question, “How do you define success?” What a great theme for this Center and this artistic piece will serve as a daily reminder of what we’re all here to achieve.  A company by the name of Banker Wire designed and incorporated what resembles the back-drop foliage of the tree, and Custom Metals Incorporated, Miron Construction, and Eppstein Uhen Architects all played a role in the development of this tree.  And the gorgeous wooden trunk and branches were hand-crafted by our very own Wood Manufacturing Technology program students under the leadership of faculty members Mark Lorge and Glenn Koerner.  What a wonderful job by everyone involved!

The facility provides a great setting for students to work in teams or independently with easy access to a wide range of learning resources.  The collaborative space also serves as a place where students can regularly engage in an active learning environment with closer access to instructors and supportive resources like group tutors, quiet space or conference rooms, expanded library services, writing assistance, study rooms, and more.

This is an ideal environment to prepare students with skills that employers are seeking—teamwork, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, leadership, and more.  For decades to come, students will be able to use and enjoy this welcoming and functional space.  If you have visited or experienced this new center in its first month of operation, what do you think of it?

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