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The University of Akron 'Unwraps' New College of Arts and Sciences Building

Akron, Ohio, Sept. 4, 2002 — A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony will highlight the festivities as The University of Akron unveils its new College of Arts & Sciences building today at 11 a.m.

The beautiful brick and limestone structure is the third major project completed in the University's New Landscape for Learning building program. Decorating the College of Arts & Sciences building will be the 16-foot, blue and gold bow that draped the project's first “gift” — the Polymer Engineering Academic Center — when it was dedicated approximately one year ago.

Situated near the center of campus at the intersection of College Street and Buchtel Avenue, the College of Arts & Sciences building blends traditional red brick with sleek, contemporary designs and features a soaring, four-story glass atrium, an amphitheatre in the classic Greek tradition and technology-laden classrooms. The new building houses the departments of computer science, economics, geography and planning, history, psychology, statistics, and theoretical and applied mathematics, as well as the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology, the Center for Statistical Consulting, the Center for Organizational Research and the Psychological Counseling Clinic.

University of Akron representatives scheduled to deliver remarks during the dedication include Dr. Luis M. Proenza, president; Ted Curtis, vice president for capital planning and facilities management; and Dr. Roger Creel, dean, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.

The New Landscape for Learning campus improvement program was approved by The University of Akron's Board of Trustees in 1999, and construction began in 2000. The $200 million, five-year program will add six new buildings, renovate 14 existing structures and create 30 acres of new green space on campus.

The first of the new structures, the Polymer Engineering Academic Center, opened in June 2001, followed by the East Campus Parking Deck in September.

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