Husson University to Hold 'Steel-Raising' Ceremony for Living and Learning Center

Husson University to Hold 'Steel-Raising' Ceremony for Living and Learning Center

Date of Release: November 8, 2011

A unique "Steel-Raising" ceremony for Husson University's Living and Learning Center is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th at 2pm at the site of the new building adjacent to Hart Resident Hall.

Instead of a traditional ground-breaking ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to sign a piece of steel that will be displayed in the lobby upon the building's completion.

The Living and Learning Center is a five-story multi-purpose building to include experiential learning spaces, classrooms, faculty offices and suite-style living space for 245 students. The $11 plus million project is scheduled for completion in August of 2012.

Members of the Husson University Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students will be on hand to participate in the steel-raising ceremony alongside representatives from Winton Scott Architects of Portland and Allied Cook of Scarborough, the architectural firm and contractor hired for the project. Husson alumni and members of the Bangor community are invited to take part in the ceremony.

"This is an exciting time for Husson University," states Richard Trott, Husson alumnus and chairman of the Board of Trustees. "The benefits to the Living and Learning Center are two-fold; it will address our housing shortage and provide unique classroom spaces so that all of our programs benefit from experiential learning."

Unlike traditional classrooms, experiential learning spaces are outfitted with two-way mirrors, storage props, flexible furniture, communications technology, and more, allowing students to practice and observe real-life scenarios. The business program will utilize the space to conduct simulated board meetings and web-based team analysis while the professor walks the class through the process step-by-step. Legal studies students, such as those studying to work as crime scene investigators, will use the space to investigate mock crime scene scenarios. Counseling students pursuing their licensure will conduct and record mock counseling sessions, providing the opportunity for their peers and the professor to offer valuable feedback.

"Experiential learning has become a major component to the curricula of Husson's programs," states Husson President Robert Clark. "This hands-on approach provides an opportunity for students to connect the theory learned in lectures to real-life practice, which, alongside internship and clinical experiences, better prepares students for professional careers."

The additional 245 beds included in the four stories of suite-style dormitories will provide enough housing to allow more of Husson's students the opportunity to live on-campus. Each living "quad" will include two-student bedrooms, a shared living room space and a shared bathroom.

The Ceremony will also feature a "Cake Boss" style cake that was specially designed by Husson staff member Cathy Speronis.

For more information about the project, please call Amanda Kitchen at 207-649-4647 or

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