A large open space at the north end of the second floor of Pearson Hall, where students can work together before and after class, is part of a $1.9 million project to upgrade general university classrooms on the floor. Replacing 11 smaller classrooms will be eight modern classrooms -- three with seats for 80; four with seats for 32, one with a capacity of 28 -- fitted with state-of-the-art classroom technologies. The project also includes new mechanical/air handling systems, lighting and furnishings. Construction should wrap up by June 1, followed by technology and furniture installation and testing this summer. The classrooms will be ready for fall classes.
A separate but adjacent project in Pearson Hall this spring will convert the music and theatre department's second floor rehearsal room and office area into graduate assistant and faculty spaces for the department of world languages and cultures, currently at home on the third floor. Since July 1, 2016, world languages and cultures has included anthropology faculty and degree programs, still housed in Curtiss Hall. The project also will create an anthropology teaching lab and collections space in the Pearson basement. The merged world languages and cultures department will expand to the second floor, and the music and theatre department will move to the third floor of Carver Hall.