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RCAH celebrates completion of new facilities

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) celebrated the completion of the college’s new facilities with an opening reception on Jan. 10 at Snyder-Phillips Hall. The college welcomed its first class of freshmen in the fall. Student living areas were open at that time, but classrooms, offices and other space were completed this month.

“Look up and down and around,” said Stephen Esquith, dean of the college. “What we’re doing here depends on others whose shoulders we’re standing on.”

Esquith recognized the help of others in making the new college and facilities become a reality, including the administration, MSU Housing and Food Services, Student Life and Affairs, the RCAH faculty and the students.

“We wouldn’t be here if students weren’t here. We thank you and look forward to working with you,” Esquith said.

Remarks were also made by President Lou Anna K. Simon, Provost Kim Wilcox and Trustee Melanie Foster. Simon said the new college will become a beacon for intellectual activity regarding the arts and humanities.

“What it takes to be a great scholar is great passion,” Simon said. “It is not simply knowing things, it is believing in things. This residential college becomes a way for other students to learn that passion. With that passion comes the capacity to become a lifelong learner and to use the experience here as a spring board to make a difference in the world.”

The complete renovation of the residence hall includes student living spaces, classrooms, RCAH faculty offices, “Aromas Borealis” coffee shop, a multi-purpose performance space, music practice rooms, a language proficiency center, an art studio, and dining hall with an overlooking art gallery for visiting artist and student work.

The reception wrapped up with a ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the beginning of the new college and the future of the RCAH program.

“This has really epitomized what we’re striving for in making Michigan State University a 21st century learning experience,” said Foster. “Congratulations to the students for being part of this program. I look forward to your comments 20 years from now.”

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