Earl Center for Learning and Innovation Dedication

May 15, 2013

Wheelock College Earl Center grand opening

Wheelock College celebrated the grand opening of its newest addition to the Activities Center, the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation, with a dedication ceremony. The new state-of-the-art learning space for students, faculty, and resource for the Boston community, is equipped with the latest technologies for learning.

Immediately following the ceremony, multi-platinum Disney, Broadway composer and songwriter, David Friedman, performed a free concert featuring his critically acclaimed musical "Listen To My Heart," a performance of songs by the beloved songwriter himself.

Pictured cutting the ribbon to the new Earl Center are (l to r) Chair of the Wheelock Board of Trustees Ranch C. Kimball, Sylvia Earl, James Earl, Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott.

Dedication presenters:

  • Michael Ross, Boston City Council, District 8
  • Sylvia A. Earl ('54)
  • Representative Alice H. Peisch, Joint Committee on Education Chairwoman
  • Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President, Wheelock College
  • Ranch C. Kimball, Chair, Wheelock College, Board of Trustees

About the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation

The new first-floor Earl Center for Learning and Innovation will be an airy learning space that will replace the cramped Resource Center currently located in the basement of Wheelock's Classroom Building. The new Center, made possible by a generous donation from Sylvia and James Earl, will include all the services, collections, and functionality of the old facility, but will be enhanced with new technologies for learning-such as iPads and survey clicker sets that students can take with them to their field experience sites.

The new Center will also feature a flexible layout and furnishings that can be adapted to users' needs. For example, there will be movable tables as well as mobile whiteboards that can be rolled out into the workspace for brainstorming sessions or slid back into storage when not in use.

The Center is laid out as one large, open space, but the design allows one section to be closed off as a private classroom or workshop space. Wheelock's goal is to use this space to host not only educational events for students and faculty, but also professional development opportunities for both Wheelock alumni and teachers from Boston Public Schools.

The current Resource Center has long been a cherished workspace for Wheelock students and the new design will preserve its welcoming atmosphere. However, the prominent new location and upgraded technology will raise the facility's profile and help the College make the Center's vast lending resources more readily available to the greater Boston community.
About the Addition

Over the past five years, enrollment at Wheelock has grown. Along with enrollment growth have come new academic programs and additional faculty to serve the students. As a result, there is an unmet demand for classrooms, faculty and staff offices, and meeting spaces due to both growth and the loss of some of these types of spaces to housing renovation.

The addition project will help alleviate some of these needs by including new faculty offices on the second floor and a new Alumni Center with a patio and roof top garden on the third floor.

To see construction photos and more information about the project, please visit the Activities Addition Project web page.

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