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A Place for Students to be Students

Scandling Campus Center Leaves Campus in Awe

On a sunny Monday afternoon, HWS faculty, staff and students gathered on the newly paved walkways leading to Scandling Campus Center for the building’s official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

“The kick off for this new space goes back to conversations with the late Bill Scandling, first and foremost recognizing the real need for a community center and a space for student activities,” said President Mark D. Gearan during the ceremony. “In dedicating this building today, we certainly honor Bill Scandling and the many alums who have made this project possible. We thank them for their support because the Scandling Campus Center reflects the sense of community that’s at the heart of these Colleges.”  

“The Scandling Campus Center has always been a hub of information, of varying beliefs and opinions and, of course, growling stomachs,” said Student Trustee Shavonne Ward, who served on the project’s planning committee. “This space provides an environment that will connect students of the past, present and future.”

The new spaces include a student activities commons, game room, lounge areas, marketplace café, outdoor terrace and the Vandervort Room that can accommodate up to 350 people. HWS community members can now find a new post office and the Office of Campus Clubs where the Café once was. The Student Activities Office is now located above the club office in the Creedon Room. Conference rooms for use by student organizations can be found throughout the second floor. The new Café is nothing short of amazing with several different food stations. The renovations were designed by Pamela Lucas Rew ’81 of KSS Architects in Princeton, N.J.

“This is your building, this is your space,” said Student Activities Director Robert Poole during the ceremony. “We want you to feel at home here.”

As students walked into the doors of the new Scandling Campus Center along with faculty and staff, they found themselves not only at home but in awe. “There’s so much more natural lighting,” said Corson Fidler ’09 during lunch with friends in the new Café. “It’s really relaxing.”

“It’s a great new place for students, faculty and staff, where everyone can come together,” said Finger Lakes Institute Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah Meyer at a nearby table in the Café. “This is the caliber of where we should be.”

“The Café is gorgeous; I love it!” said Maria Prass ’09, one of the guides leading groups through all of the new rooms in the building.

“I’m interested to see all of the events that will go on in the new spaces,” said Bryant Harris ’09 while enjoying a bite to eat with a friend on the newly expanded second floor.

“This week, we have a long list of events planned for the community to celebrate the opening week,” said Student Activities Assistant Director Kim Kochin. “But the events are just the beginning of what we can do here. We’re still exploring how we can use this new space.”

“I really like our new campus center,” said Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens. “It’s inviting and feels comfortable yet it doesn’t feel too institutional. Students can spill out into all of the open spaces throughout the building to work on projects or to open a box from home. It’s a place for students to be students and not necessarily just a member of a frat or club or sport.”