CATALOG • 2009-2010
The campus consists of 84 acres of grassland and woods
extending on both slopes of the knoll from which the College takes its
name. Thanks to the foresight of Dr. William F. Curtis, who was president
of the College when it moved to its present site in 1915, the grounds are
adorned with mature and beautiful examples of more than 140 species of
trees from all over the world. Cedar Crest’s tree collection is
officially designated the William F. Curtis Arboretum and is registered
with the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.
Large outdoor sculptures by several notable artists
are located on campus. Of special note are two monumental and historically
significant works (“La Montagne” and “Dans la
Nuit”) by the renowned American master Gaston Lachaise, and pieces by
South African sculptor Stella Shawzin, Bruno Lucchesi and others.
Facilities for Disabled Students
It is the policy and practice of Cedar Crest College
to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding individuals
with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) extends some
of the provisions of Section 504. Under these laws, no otherwise qualified
individual with a disability shall solely by reason of such disability be
denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities
here on campus. In accordance with these statutes, Cedar Crest College
provides reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students
may contact Academic Services for details about accommodations.
The school is authorized under federal law to enroll
nonimmigrant alien students.
Allen House:The former
president’s home now houses offices of the student affairs division,
which includes the dean of student affairs, student activities, director of
residence life, community service and career planning.
Alumnae Hall and Lees Memorial Chapel (ALH): Alumnae Hall contains classrooms, an auditorium, a
small 75 seat theatre, faculty offices, a color television studio (used in
the communication program) and Lees Memorial Chapel. A notable feature of
the Chapel is the group of stained glass windows portraying ten women who
made lasting impressions upon civilization. The departments of art and
performing arts have studios, faculty offices, practice rooms and workshops
in Alumnae Hall.
Art Galleries: Art at
Cedar Crest is an integral part of daily life. A multiple gallery system
allows the opportunity to showcase a wide variety of exhibitions at
locations throughout the campus. Major spaces include Lachaise Gallery in
the Miller Family Building and the gallery in the Cressman Library.
Additionally, there are student spaces including the Capstone Gallery in
Alumnae Hall the Basement Gallery in Butz Hall, and throughout Tompkins
College Center. The campus, a nationally registered arboretum, is a site
for outdoor sculpture exhibits, as well as historically significant pieces
on permanent loan. The activities of the galleries are intimately woven
into the program of the art department, bringing in the work of artists
with national and international reputations.
Blaney Hall (BHA): The
central structure on the campus Blaney Hall, re-named in honor of President
Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney in May 2006, houses administrative offices of the
president, provost, executive vice president for finance &
administration, executive vice president for enrollment management, vice
president for institutional advancement, admissions, finance, human
resources, registrar, college relations, center for lifelong learning,
financial aid, alumnae affairs and student accounts. Classrooms, four
multimedia classrooms, and a computer lab also are located in this
Butz Hall: Butz Hall
contains space for student and academic activities, including a student
lounge, student organization meeting and storage space, offices of The
Crestiad, the student newspaper, and the college radio station (WCCC).
Campus Technology: The
campus technology environment includes 11 computer labs and 47 multimedia
classrooms. Wireless internet access is available throughout the campus.
Wireless internet and wired network connections for personal computers are
available in each residence hall room. Campus e-mail and shared resources
(such as application software and laser printers) are available to students
through their campus network accounts. Scanners with graphics and OCR
capabilities are located in each computer lab. Computer classrooms and labs
are found in academic departments and the residence halls. The Roland and
Doris Sigal Center for Business and Information Technology, which occupies
the east wing of Curtis Hall, contains a 14-station lab with
multimedia/development capabilities, two computer classrooms and a
Networking Lab for computer science projects. The Allen Center for
Nutrition, located in the Miller Family Building, has a classroom/lab with
24 stations. The Psychology labs are located in Curtis Hall. A
Macintosh lab in the Dorothy Rider Pool Science Center serves students in
the biological sciences. Funded by a grant from the Keck Foundation, a lab
for computational biology and bioinformatics is located in the Miller
Family Building. The campus also maintains a distance learning facility for
local and international video conferences located in Curtis Hall.
Each residence hall houses a computer lab, available 24 hours a day.
Designated computer labs are staffed by trained student consultants,
who gain valuable work experience, while working alongside Information
Technology staff to provide computer support for the campus community.
Online services include web-based email, the MyCedarCrest portal and
online and web-enhanced courses.
College maintains a text-based College information channel, which is
accessible from every cabled television on campus. The audio portion of the
channel includes the student-run radio station. Additional channels are
available for in-house programming. These are used for centralized
audio/visual distribution (e.g., of taped lectures and events), and are
linked to the College’s distance learning facility. A campus
satellite dish receives a broad range of educational transmissions (both
national and international) and can be received from any cable television
College Bookstore: The
College Bookstore is located on Level I of the Tompkins College Center. It
offers an excellent selection of imprinted clothing and gifts, textbooks
and a wide variety of selected reading material with the capability of
special ordering, as well as art and school supplies, gifts, snacks and
Cressman Library: Rising in three levels from the Cedar Crest hillside, the
Cressman Library houses collections and services supporting the
College’s commitment to a liberal arts education. The library is
equipped for wireless Internet access. An outstanding feature of the
building is the view from the reading area. The library terrace is
accessible from steps on the east side of the building.
The main level includes the reference and journal
collections, microforms, an exhibition space that features changing art
exhibits, and an information commons of 14 workstations. From these
workstations, students have access to the online catalog, the Internet and
CD-ROM and full-text resources. Once each semester, a five-part library
workshop is given. Students are encouraged to attend in order to learn how
to use the library’s resources to their optimum advantage. The SIRSI
integrated library system supports the on-line catalog, circulation and
acquisition services. The majority of staff offices are on the main level
as are the lending and information services desks, enabling students to
have immediate access to assistance. The Marjorie Wright Miller
Poet’s Corner houses the library’s collection of poetry by
The intermediate level houses the majority of the book
collection, study carrels and tables, as well as the curriculum library,
which contains a collection of juvenile fiction, non-fiction and K-12
The terrace level houses the rest of the book
collection, study carrels and tables, older print journals and the record
and score/libretto collections. The media services office is also on this
level. Its collections include laser discs, videos, DVDs, audio tapes and
music CDs that can be circulated or played in the audio/visual listening
The library webpage is accessible at http:
//library.cedarcrest.edu. Registered students have off-campus access to
indexes, abstracts and full-text resources through a proxy-server.
Through the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent
Colleges, the Library is affiliated with the libraries of DeSales and
Lehigh Universities and Lafayette, Muhlenberg and Moravian colleges. A
weekday delivery service makes it possible for our students to have access
to over two million volumes in the combined collections of these
Curtis Hall (CUR): Faculty
offices for management, information systems, computer science, mathematics,
economics, education, psychology and social sciences (anthropology,
criminal justice, religious studies and social work) are located in Curtis
Hall. The Roland and Doris Sigal Center For Business and Technology, the
multimedia development and networking (including two multimedia computer
classrooms and a micro computer lab), a distance learning facility and
Academic Services are also located in Curtis Hall. The second floor
contains The Ethics Institute, Alumnae Museum and classrooms. The third
floor houses students and two multimedia classrooms. Curtis also houses the
health and counseling services center and the specially equipped Inez
Cantrell Donley Education Demonstration Classroom on the ground level.
Hamilton Boulevard Building (HBB): Acquired in 2007, this former professional building is now a
state-of-the art, high-tech learning center that benefits the entire campus
community and serves as the home to the College’s nursing program.
At 33,000 square feet it incorporates eco-friendly technology and
includes six state-of-the-art classrooms, several nursing labs that
simulate various healthcare environments, a seminar room, a computer
lab and the College’s Office of Human Resources.
Hartzel Hall (HHL): Hartzel
Hall contains faculty offices for the humanities department (communication,
philosophy, English, Hispanic and Latino studies), the history, law and
politics department, a language laboratory, the honors program center, a
multi-media room, a ceramics studio and a paper making studio.
Lees Hall (LEE): Seating
capacity for athletic activities is more than 300; for other events, 750.
Other facilities in Lees Hall include a fitness center, athletic training
room and offices for the athletic department staff. Fitness Center - hours
of operation are 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Donald P. Miller Family Building (MIL): The College’s Miller Family Building for art,
science and peace, includes a genetic engineering lab, physics lab,
bioinformatics and computational biology computer lab, The Allen Center for
Nutrition, a state-of-the-art food laboratory and the Lachaise Gallery.
Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and
Wellness (OBC): The Harold and Miriam
Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness (OBC) features a forensics and
biological science lab, a biochemistry lab, a 110-seat state-of-the-art
multi-media classroom, faculty offices, and a student lounge.
Dorothy Rider Pool Science Center (SCI): The Pool Science Center is a modern classroom and
laboratory building arranged around a central landscaped court. It houses
instructional and research facilities for biology, chemistry and
physics, with laboratories for course-related and independent work in all
fields. The biological sciences department includes fully-equipped
radiation and genetic engineering laboratories,
darkroom and greenhouse. It has instruments for electrophoresis,
electrophysiology, tissue culture, high-speed centrifugation, liquid
scintillation counting, thin sectioning, photomicrography and phase,
fluorescent, and confocal microscopy. Additional equipment includes a DNA
sequencer and thermocyclers. The chemical and
physical sciences department contains most modern instrumentation methods,
including gas and liquid chromatography, electrochemistry, UV-visible,
infrared, atomic absorption and fluorescence spectrophotometry and computer
techniques. The science center also is equipped with nuclear magnetic
Playing Fields: Large
areas of the campus have been arranged to provide for various outdoor
sports. Tennis, basketball and volleyball courts are usable most of the
year. Regulation fields for field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and softball are
located behind Lees Hall. The cross country course extends throughout the
campus and adjacent parks.
President’s Home: The
president’s home faces the campus on College Drive across from Moore
Rodale Aquatic Center For Civic Health: The Rodale Aquatic Center offers swimming, fitness and
wellness classes to the College and adds a major health resource to the
Lehigh Valley community. The facility includes a 25’ x 40’
warm-water exercise pool, a 25-yard x 8-lane fitness/competitive pool,
locker rooms, meeting spaces, and parking areas all accessible for
physically disabled visitors.
Steinbright Dance Studio (STE): The facility includes sprung dance floors,
extensive barres, two studios equipped with full studio-length mirrored
walls, faculty offices and changing facilities.
Tompkins College Center (TCC): The Tompkins College Center’s floor-to-ceiling windows
frame the magnificent park-like views of the Cedar Crest campus. This newly
renovated building is a popular place for many campus activities and
provides facilities for student organizations, meetings, lectures, cultural
events, receptions, movies, banquets and social gatherings. It houses
dining services, as well as the bookstore, post office, Samuels Theatre,
information desk and art gallery. An activities lounge with electronic
games, a pool table, wide-screen TV and kitchen facilities are on the
ground floor. Performing arts offices, including scene and costume shops,
also are located in the Center.
Meeting rooms are available for use by College
organizations and outside groups. Senior art majors have the opportunity to
exhibit their work in the art gallery, which also hosts exhibitions by
artists with national and international exhibition records. Students are
encouraged to become involved with gallery exhibitions and activities and
are an important presence at gallery opening receptions.