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NNU dedicates learning center

State-of-the-art facility nears open at NNU

Most wired wireless building, officials say

NAMPA – Oct. 9, 2014 — Northwest Nazarene University will dedicate today its newest campus building, the Leah Peterson Learning Commons.

The commons, which encompasses the current John E. Riley library structure, is home to, among other spaces, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Atrium and the NNU Doceō Center, a place to inspire learning through innovative practices in education. A Doceō center also exists at the University of Idaho. Both are funded by the Albertson family foundation.

The dedication ceremony is at 4:30 p.m., today on NNU’s campus. Tours are open to the campus and public after the dedication.

The building is the “most wired wireless building on campus” NNU officials say, with 37 miles of wire, yet almost none visible. There are 17 collaboration rooms and 11 are hi-tech — large HD screens, wireless Internet, touch screens, etc. Every collaboration room has a “white board wall” with specifically designed paint that allows students to write with dry erase markers almost floor to ceiling, wall to wall. In addition, there is a full-service coffee shop to the east of the front door with a fireplace and HD TVs.

The Leah Peterson Learning Commons will be multifunctional, incorporating NNU’s current two-story John E. Riley Library that will house the library’s traditional book and periodical collections, a variety of spaces including group study rooms, a quiet reading room and individual and collaborative computer workstations designed to address different learning needs. The Learning Commons will also host the university’s network data center and academic services including the Center for Academic Success and Advising, Center for Online and Blended Learning, technology and media resources and archives.