Freeman Gets a Facelift- August 2001
Freeman Hall got a much needed facelift this summer. It was not the new building we have wondered about, and was not a complete renovation. It was, however, more than just a quick coat of paint. With help from the Dean's Office and project guidance of Director of Administration John Finn and Department Chair Mike Leonard, the main hallway was furnished in new colors, a chair rail, new lighting fixtures, and new floor. The study desks at the south end, near the copy-room and vending machines, have been replaced with sofas and chairs. The studious needn't worry; there is still plenty of room for team meetings and study sessions in labs, classrooms, and the study area and conference room.
The project began in the spring with planning, and areas were being ripped apart shortly after the spring semester ended.
While we sometimes wondered when it would end, everything was ready for the start of the fall semester. The entry area now has a cleaner aspect, with trophy case and awards plaques moved to the center hall, and the message TV moved to the sitting area. A work in progress is to find and display large oster-sized pictures representative of where IE's work. The conference room, which got the same treatment, has new lighting better suited to computer presentations as well as the beginnings of a collection of corporate logos of employers of our graduates.