Rosensweig Learning Commons Dedication – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Rosensweig Learning Commons Dedication

Throughout his career, Operating Principal of Quadrangle Capital Partners and former COO of Yahoo! Daniel L. Rosensweig ’83 has been a leader in innovations combining technology and communication. Bringing his cutting edge approach back to his alma mater, Rosensweig and his family were honored on Friday, Nov. 7, when the Colleges named the Rosensweig Learning Commons in honor of his significant contributions to Campaign for the Colleges.

“The technology available in this new space fosters new advances in teaching, learning and thinking at the Colleges,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “Dan Rosensweig is passionate about making a difference in the world and helping people across the globe to become connected, informed and educated through the power of the Internet. His professional success and personal dedication to important causes, including his ongoing commitment to our students, has brought great pride to his alma mater.”

As HWS community members have experienced since the start of the fall semester, the first floor of the Warren Hunting Smith Library has been completely transformed into a space that uses technology to advance formal and informal instruction and individual and group research. The new Rosensweig Learning Commons combines multimedia technology support and production with the main desks for Information Technology Services, library research and support, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, essentially giving students and faculty one destination for assistance.

The space has more than 75 new computers with the availability of both Mac and Windows platforms. Nearly every piece of furniture on the floor – from the lounge chairs to the tables – is wired for power and network connectivity so that students can flexibly move from space to space with laptops.

“The key feature of the Rosensweig Learning Commons is that it’s a place where the space and learning that happens inside of it brings HWS students, faculty and staff together, creating one central location for learning,” Gearan says. “In this one space, anyone can find the technological and pedagogic tools that they need to be successful.”

“This project reaffirms the state-of-the-art library as the heart of the academic community,” adds Provost and Dean of Faculty Teresa Amott. “Twenty-first century learning takes place in a complex environment of print and electronic materials that demands a sophisticated set of research and technical skills. The Rosensweig Learning Commons has been created to foster the development of these critical skills for lifelong learning.”

“Our major goal was to create a dynamic intellectual environment that incorporates all the people and resources necessary to provide support for scholarship in one location,” explains Warren Hunting Smith Library Director Vince Boisselle. “This is an exciting transition period for the library and the entire campus.”

During his time as a Hobart student, Rosensweig was a political science major as well as a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He studied abroad in London. Rosensweig’s accomplished professional life has been focused in media communications and Internet industries, including roles as Chief Operating Officer of Yahoo!, President of CNET, and CEO of ZDNET. While working in those roles, he created internships for HWS which provided the opportunity for a number of students to work directly with him and offered them job opportunities following graduation. Equally important have been his many contributions of personal leadership in significant not-for-profit organizations, where he served as co-chairman of the board of the One campaign and national adviser of He was a speaker at the gala launch of Campaign for the Colleges and has participated in the Professionals in Residence series.