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New Dance Studio, Labs and Campus Services among Areas Upgraded

Allentown, PA (September 28, 2006) – As the leaves begin to change and fall at Cedar Crest College, the campus community is enjoying the many changes and improvements made to grounds and facilities over the summer.

Among the most noticeable changes is the construction of a new home for the dance program.  The roughly one million dollar expansion project provides a new dance studio, connected to the original studio, with faculty offices and changing rooms. Cutting-edge instructional technology has been designed into the new facility to allow rehearsals and classes to be recorded and analyzed on the spot.  The previous dance studio had to be accessed through the Steinbright Residence Hall entrance.  There is now a new entrance that welcomes students to the new dance program facilities.  "Dance has been consistently growing at Cedar Crest," says Robin Gerchman, director of the dance program at the College.  "The addition of this dedicated new space and the state of the art technology will give the dance program its own home on campus and the opportunity to further develop."  The new studio is scheduled to open in early October.

In addition to the new construction, the College invested approximately $500,000 in other improvements and upgrades to the campus.  Many of the upgrades will directly impact Cedar Crest students.

Academic Services, which provides tutoring and advising to students, was moved from the second floor of Blaney Hall to Curtis Hall in order to make it accessible to students with disabilities.  The Health Services Center was expanded to provide students with a more comforting and private atmosphere in which to meet physical and mental health professionals.  Students who reside in Steinbright Hall were greeted by brand new furniture in every room including bunkable beds and computer desks.

Renovations to the ground floor of Cressman Library included updated lighting and flooring to make the space more modern and more efficient for student work.  Many classrooms received a technology makeover to provide instructors with the latest instructional tools.  Finally, the Psychology department will have three new labs by the beginning of the spring semester providing dedicated space for the different psychology disciplines to conduct hands-on research and experiments.

"Our academic programs, as well as our students, never stop developing and progressing," says Elaine Deutch, executive vice president for finance and administration.  "The College is committed to providing the best possible environment for our students, faculty and staff to learn and grow."


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