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Vol State building opening celebrated with jazz procession

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Jazz music and a festive New Orleans-style second line procession led students, faculty, donors and the public into the new Steinhauer-Rogan-Black Humanities Building at Vol State last Friday. 

Attendees crossed over the pedestrian bridge to the new building for the grand opening celebration, signifying a bridge to the future. The $30 million facility at Volunteer State Community College is the largest building on the Gallatin campus. It is specially designed for humanities students.

 “It’s been wonderful to see the students really make use of the new building – both the classrooms and the informal study spaces,” said dean of humanities Jennifer Brezina. “It means a lot for them to be able to have the room they need to apply what they are learning and collaborate with each other.”

 “It’s important for our community college students to have high quality equipment and facilities,” said Tennessee Board of Regents acting chancellor David Gregory. “This wonderful new building will be a great home to Vol State students for many years to come.”

 “The humanities building was on the capital projects list for some 12 years before it was funded,” said Vol State president Jerry Faulkner. “After receiving funding, there have been almost two more years of planning and construction that have led to this celebration.  We are so happy to have this addition to our campus that will enhance our mission of providing quality education to the citizens of north Middle Tennessee.”

 The SRB Humanities Building opened on the first day of classes for the fall semester. It is student focused in design – from comfortable and stylish study areas, to wide hallways and floor to ceiling windows. The entire building is wired for state-of-the-art classrooms, allowing for better connectivity and virtual collaboration. 

There is a new performing arts studio that can house everything from plays to poetry readings. A new recording studio will more than triple the size of the other Vol State recording studio. Choral and music practice rooms provide for better instruction. The art studios include a dedicated printmaking room and a ceramics facility. 

Guests were treated to student music performances, demonstrations in the art rooms and a sample of award-winning Vol State student publications. For more information about the humanities at Vol State, visit volstate.edu/humanities.

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