The newly renovated Arts and Sciences Building formally debuted its new teaching, research and faculty space at a special celebration this fall.
The richness and diversity of the arts and sciences at the University at Albany were highlighted through a series of events that began with the dedication of the newly renovated building. The festivities included a welcome to the College’s new dean, Joan Wick-Pelletier, a faculty panel discussion, tea, and music, dance and theater performances.
"Standing here at the great entrance to the perimeter of the academic podium, we are reminded that the arts and sciences stand at the core of a great university, as they indeed serve as the great well-spring of knowledge and inspiration for all human activity," said President Karen R. Hitchcock in remarks at the opening celebration dedication.
"The faculty and students working here are engaged in discovery and learning involving some of the most important questions and issues of the day. Their findings challenge and push the boundaries of knowledge in their disciplines, deepen our understanding of human life and culture, and inspire possibilities and vision for the future," added Hitchcock.
The new Arts and Sciences Building, a $9 million project that offers 57,000 square fee of new academic space, houses the departments of Anthropology, Sociology and Geography and Planning, and the offices of the new dean. New features include three new "smart" classrooms, equipped with state-of-the-art multi-media tools that allow faculty and students to tap a richer range of learning resources.
Archeologist Dr. Michael E. Smith in his new office in the Arts and Sciences Building
"I believe I have arrived in Albany at an exciting time," said Wick-Pelletier in her remarks at a luncheon that welcomed her. "The campus is bustling with activity…but the real activity that I am speaking of extends far beyond construction. I speak of the intellectual and artistic activity – the activity on the podium, activity on our three campuses, and that which extends to the community at large."
College of Arts and Sciences Dean Joan Wick-Pelletier