By ROXANN MILLER Senior correspondent, Public Opinion:
Shippensburg University celebrated the official reopening of two of its facilities --Ezra Lehman Memorial Library & Reisner Dining Hall --with ribbon-cutting ceremonies Saturday. With the $1.5 million project complete, the first floor of the 40-year-old library has been transformed into a 24,000-square-foot library-learning center.
Rick Ruth, vice president of information technologies and services at SU, told faculty, trustees, students and other local dignitaries at the ribbon cutting that today's library is very different from the library of the past. "Gone are card catalogs -- replaced by computer access terminals. Gone are typewriters -- replaced by computer labs and network printers. Gone are paper notebooks, pencils and pens -- replaced by laptops, notebook computers, net books and smart cell phones," Ruth said.
"Today's library is not the dull silent or motionless place of the past. It has color. Discussions are going on, and it is abuzz with activity. You will find posters, poetry, movable furnishings, group study rooms and, of course, a Starbucks," Ruth said.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Reisner Dining Hall (pictured), SU President Bill Ruud bragged about the world-class dining available on the SU campus. "This is truly a changed facility. It is modernized and it has responded to the new desires and needs of students," Ruud said, referring to the honorable mention that Reisner received from University Business Magazine. The $17 million project was completed ahead of schedule in May.
The dining facility expanded from 51,000 square feet to 59,000 square feet in order to move the cooking areas into the serving areas, add more student seating and create a more inviting dining experience. Three large televisions, a Bose sound system, and bistro-style seating has added to the dining experience, according to university officials.
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