COME ON IN!
Alan Mathew welcomes anyone who wants to get a good look at the new Hobart and Russell Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences.
Note the room students have to spread out and find a comfortable spot to work or relax in the front lobby of the building.
MORE THAN PRETTY WOOD
This wall in the front lobby represents support from other industries in completing the building, Mathew says. Indiana hardwood for the building was provided through the generosity of Hollingsworth Lumber, Indiana Dimension Inc., Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association and the Pike Lumber Co.
Mathew visits with Elizabeth Byers-Doten in the student services advising area. Byers-Doten is an academic adviser specifically working with animal sciences students.
Students learn about animal genetics in this class. The instructor is in the front in the pink sweater. Note that students are arranged at tables so they can interact with each other to better work on real-world problems. Instructors can display information from any computer screen at a computer table to a screen so the entire class can see it.
Labs for research extend the entire length of the building, separated by walls but with the ability to get from lab to lab easily. These labs are designed to accommodate state-of-the-art equipment that couldn’t always be used in the department’s former facilities. Labs were moved in November with minimal disruption to ongoing research projects.
Some lab spaces were built with windows into adjoining hallways. This allows students and others to observe what is going on inside a particular lab without being in the lab, Mathew says.
This hallway is empty at the moment, but people doing business use it to move from office to office up and down this corridor, Mathew says. Most of the offices in this section of the building are occupied by state regulatory agencies related to livestock production within the state. Paul Brennan, executive director of the Indiana State Poultry Association, has an office here.
INTERACT AND TALK
The second floor of the building also features a large lobby where students and faculty can engage with each other. “We included these areas wherever space allowed because we really want to encourage students and faculty to interact,” Mathew says.