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CATALOG • 2010-2011

Campus Facilities

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.
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, marketing and commnications, center for lifelong learning, financial aid, alumnae affairs and student accounts. Classrooms, four multimedia classrooms, and a computer lab also are located in this building.

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 12 computer labs and 37 classrooms with Internet access. Internet access, 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. Wireless Internet access is available in the TCC, the Cressman Library, the Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness, Pool Science, the Miller building, Curtis Hall, and throughout the residence halls. 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. The Hamilton Boulevard Building hosts one 10-station computer lab and 5 technology-equipped classrooms. Wireless Internet service is available throughout the entire building. 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. 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 (, and online and web-enhanced courses.

Cable Communications:The 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 on campus. 

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 sundries.

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 American women.
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 textbooks.
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 area.
The library webpage is accessible at http: // 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 institutions.

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, history, philosophy, English, Hispanic and Latino studies), 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 resonance instrumentation.

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 Hall.

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.
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