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.
Allen House: The former president’s home now houses offices of the student affairs division, which includes the dean of student affairs, director of residence life, and career planning.
Alumnae Hall and Lees Memorial Chapel (ALH): Alumnae Hall contains classrooms, an auditorium, a small 75 seat theatre, faculty offices, a video studio and editing lab (used in the communication department) 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, including a new state-of-the-art art therapy studio
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.
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, chief financial officer, institutional advancement, admissions, finance, human resources, marketing & communications, the School of Adult and Graduate Education, financial aid, alumnae affairs, and student accounts. 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, the multicultural center, offices of the student newspaper The Crestiad, the yearbook, the forensic speech team, and the college radio station (CCC Radio).
Campus Technology: The campus technology environment includes 12 computer labs and 37 classrooms. Internet access, e-mail and shared resources (such as application software and laser printers) are available to students through their campus network accounts. Scanners are located in several computer labs. Wireless internet access is available throughout the campus, including the residence halls. Computer classrooms and labs are found in academic departments and the residence halls. 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 Mac 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 resides in the Miller Family Building. A 20-station Convergence Lab in the Cressman Library is available to all communications and art majors. 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, MyCedarCrest (my.cedarcrest.edu), as well as 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 and all levels provide laptop electrical support. 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, and 19 workstations. From these workstations, students have access to the online catalog, the Internet and full-text resources. The communication department’s Media Convergence Laboratory with 20 iMac computers is also on this level.
The main level also houses both the Information Services Help Desk and the Information Technology 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, audiotapes and music CDs that can be circulated or played in the audiovisual listening area. The WorldShare library Management System supports the on-line catalog, circulation and acquisition services as well as a discovery interface across all material types. 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 Poetry Corner is equipped with a workstation connected to a large screen video display that allows the space to be used as a collaborative workspace for group projects and study.
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 institutions.
Curtis Hall (CUR): Faculty offices for management, mathematics, economics, education, psychology and social sciences (anthropology, criminal justice, religious studies, and social work) are located in Curtis Hall. Psychology labs on the ground floor include the Human Social Cognition and Behavior Lab (HSCB Lab), Psychophysiology Laboratory, and Animal Learning and Behavior Laboratory. The assistant dean for student success and retention, the registrar’s office, the Roland and Doris Sigal Center for Business and Technology, the office of global initiatives, the writing center, and academic services are also located in Curtis Hall. The second floor contains the 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.
Donald P. Miller Family Building (MIL): The College’s Miller Family Building for art, science and peace, includes a genetic engineering lab, physics lab, physics/crime scene reconstruction lab, chemical instrumentation lab, bioinformatics, geographical information systems (GIS), and computational biology computer lab, The Allen Center for Nutrition, a state-of-the-art food laboratory and the Lachaise Gallery.
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 biological sciences, chemistry and physics, with laboratories for course-related and independent work in all fields. The biological sciences department includes fully-equipped genetic engineering laboratories, cichlid fish brain and behavior room, environmental conservation laboratory, neuroscience laboratory, anatomy and physiology laboratory, and greenhouse. It has instruments for electrophoresis, electrophysiology, tissue culture, high-speed and ultra centrifugation, nanodrop and standard spectrophotometers, phase, fluorescence, and confocal microscopy. Additional equipment includes a DNA sequencer and equipment for standard and real time PCR. The chemical and physical sciences department contains most modern instrumentation methods, including gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry, scanning electron and infrared microscopy, UV-visible, FT-infrared, Near-infrared, atomic absorption and fluorescence spectrophotometry, equipment for conducting polymerase chain reaction and genetic typing analyses, and computer techniques.
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 health care environments, a seminar room, a computer lab, and two high-fidelity patient simulation rooms.
Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness (OBC): The Harold and Miriam Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness features a forensic science/microbiology lab, a biochemistry lab, a 110-seat state-of-the-art multi-media classroom, faculty offices, and a student lounge.
Hartzel Hall (HHL): Hartzel Hall contains faculty offices for the Department of Communication, and for the Department of History, Literature, and Languages (history, English, Spanish, philosophy, writing, and applied and professional ethics). It also contains a language laboratory, the honors program center, a multimedia 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 5:00 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.
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 designed for accessibility.
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. It also contains the offices of the director of community service, student activities, and the office of leadership & student development. 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.