Graduate Catalog • 2011-2012

Centers and Points of Interest

Campus Facilities

Cedar Crest College is located in the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania, one of the most rapidly growing and diverse regions in the state. The adjacent cities of Bethlehem and Easton have a combined population of more than 600,000 people and support a variety of cultural and community activities. The College is within 55 miles of Philadelphia and 90 miles of New York City.

Founded in 1867, the College began as a private, liberal arts College for women located in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania. Today the campus consists of 84 acres of park-like land nestled in a western residential section of the city.

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.

The following pages provide a brief description of the facilities and related services that students can find on campus.

Academic Halls

Alumnae Hall and Lees Memorial Chapel (ALH): Alumnae Hall contains classrooms, an auditorium, little 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 part of Alumnae Hall.

Blaney Hall (BHA): The central structure on the campus is Blaney Hall which houses offices of the President, Provost, Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration, Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management, Admissions, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, School of Adult and Graduate Education Admissions, Financial Aid, Alumnae Affairs and Student Accounts. Classrooms, including two multimedia facilities, are located in this building.

Curtis Hall (CUR): Faculty offices for management, information systems, computer science, mathematics, economics, education, psychology and the social sciences (anthropology, criminal justice, religious studies, sociology 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, the Registrar’s Office and Academic Services also are located in Curtis Hall. The second floor contains the Alumnae Museum and classrooms. The third floor houses students and two 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): This facility is the College’s latest acquisition: A completely renovated building located on the southern side of the campus, east of the softball field. The facility includes 5 multimedia classrooms, 4 nursing labs, Nursing faculty offices, a computer lab, and several student lounges.

Hartzel Hall (HHL): Hartzel Hall contains faculty offices for the Humanities department (Communication, English, Spanish and History), a multi-media laboratory, the honors program center, a ceramics studio, and a papermaking studio.

Donald P. Miller Family Building (MIL): The College’s Miller Family Building for art, science and peace, includes a genetic engineering lab, a physics lab, bioinformatics and computational biology computer lab, The Allen Center for Nutrition, a state-of- the-art food laboratory and the Lachaise Gallery.

Steinbright Dance Studio (STE): Facility includes a sprung dance floor, extensive barre, two studios with full studio-length mirrored walls, faculty offices and changing facilities.


Art Galleries

Art at Cedar Crest is an integral part of daily life. The gallery system allows the opportunity to showcase a wide variety of exhibitions at locations throughout the campus. Our primary exhibition space is the Lachaise Gallery located in the Miller Family Building. In addition to this exhibition space we have the Capstone Gallery in Alumnae Hall which showcases student work and student curated exhibitions. The campus, a nationally registered arboretum, is a site for outdoor sculpture, as well as historically significant pieces on permanent loan. The activities of the galleries are intimately woven into the programming of the art department and reach throughout the campus community and beyond.

The gallery system at Cedar Crest College is an educational arm of the art department and a public agent for the college. The mission of the campus galleries is to present exhibitions that introduce our community to innovative ideas and timely concepts about the practice of making art .Our exhibition programming leans toward contemporary art that directly relates to the art major curriculum. At the heart of the liberal arts, the gallery system becomes a vehicle for inspiring dialogue across academic disciplines.



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.

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.


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. The main level also houses both the Information Technology Help Desk and the Information Services Help Desk. The Audio-visual Services office, the media collection, and the AV listening area are also located on this level. The media collection includes DVDs, laser discs, videos, audio tapes and music CDs that can be circulated or played in the audio/visual listening area. The SIRSI integrated library system supports the on-line catalog, circulation and acquisition services. The Library staff offices are on the main level as is the Lending Services desk, enabling students to have immediate access to assistance. Information Technology staff offices are located on this level.

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 majority of Information Technology staff offices are located here. The Marjorie Wright Miller Poet’s Corner houses the library’s collection of poetry by American women.

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.


College Centers

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.

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 all 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, dark-field, scanning, 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 (both with and without mass spectroscopy), electrochemistry, UV-visible, infrared, atomic absorption and fluorescence spectrophotometry, polarized and fluorescent microscopy and computer techniques. The science center also is equipped with nuclear magnetic resonance instrumentation and a scanning electron microscope interfaced with x-ray fluorescence.

Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness (OBC): The Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness (OBC) features a forensics and biological science lab, a biochemistry lab, a 100-seat state-of-the-art multi-media classroom, faculty offices, and a student lounge.

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.

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.


The Lutz Center for Community Service

The Lutz Center for Community Service provides numerous opportunities for students to engage themselves in the greater Lehigh Valley community. As a student run office, under the guidance of the Director for Community Service, the staff provides individuals and groups with an array of volunteer and service-learning projects such as after school tutoring programs, nursing home visits, blood drives, working with animal shelters and restocking at the local food bank. The flexibility in our programs allows all students, clubs, organizations, faculty, staff and college departments regardless of time commitments and interests to participate in a variety of service activities. During the spring semester, the center sponsors an Alternative Spring Break program, which provides a unique opportunity to travel while serving others in need.

The Lutz Center for Community Service is also home to Cedar Crest College’s America Reads and Counts Federal Work-study tutoring program, where students that qualify are matched with a local elementary or middle school aged student to help them improve reading and math skills.

For more information, please contact: Tammy Bean, ext. 3762 or 610-740-3762, Director Tompkins College Center