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Greetings from the Chair

by David Sowell

A last greeting from I. Harvey Brumbaugh building!

For almost thirty years the History department has enjoyed the isolation, charm, and carpets of I Harvey (well, maybe not the carpets). This summer we will move back into Founders, occupying the third floor of the clock-tower wing. We are excited about the “new” building and would like to share with you some of the planning that went into the project.

President Kepple organized a “Founders Hall Committee” in the fall of 2006 to plan how to use the new building. The tower wing was to be refurbished; the chapel wing and the back stair well would be demolished and rebuilt. We knew that English and History would go into the building, along with student services, the vice-presidents, and the president—but we had little idea how our spaces would be configured. English and History quickly decided which floors we wanted, that our offices had to have lots and lots of bookshelves, and that any classrooms had to have blackboards. That was easy and exciting. The real work was being done by development officers, assisted by History faculty Betty Ann Cherry and Dave Hsiung, who played instrumental roles in raising money for the project.  Betty Ann reflected on her memories of the building in the December 2008 edition of the Juniata Magazine. (http://www.juniata.edu/services/magazine/wn08/founders.html)

By early 2007 the basic layout of the building had been determined, funds were being raised, and we were deep in conversations with the architects. They were wonderfully responsive, taking our vague ideas and transforming them into designed spaces. We will have four larger classrooms in the building, plus what promises to be the most wonderful seminar room in the United States. (Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you must visit and see it for yourself.) At the end of the fall semester of 2007, after Founders residents were dispersed around the campus, the demolition and renovation began. (For images of the process, see http://www.juniata.edu/gifts/founders/gallery.html.) We watched with a certain degree of sadness as the chapel wing came down, but with building excitement as steel defined the outline of the new wing and the shape of the new Founders became visible. Rumor has it that the Tuten children spent many an hour watching the construction process; we were amazed at the speed and skill of the work crew. As the building came together in the fall of 2008, we developed a special relationship with Earl Martin, Juniata’s Assistant Director of Facilities Services. He took us through a wonderful tour in November, and then again this February. Earl’s love for the project infected us all, and we spent far more time talking that we had planned. Juniata history students Steve Crowe '09 and Jess Kline '09 accompanied us on one of the tours, snapping these pictures:

Jim Tuten in his Office

Jim Tuten's New Domain

Historians

Dave Hsiung, Steve Crow '09, Jess Kline '09, and Jim survey the construction

hallway

A beautifully arched hallway

outside view

Exterior view of the student lounges going up

They were especially excited about the History department student lounge, and envious of the students who will enjoy its use. We have had excellent input into the layout of our offices, which will have lots of bookshelves and NO orange carpet.  Over the summer we will pack up our books and files and move into our new offices.  We are excited about the short walk to our classes, most of which will be in Founders. We certainly will miss I Harvey, but look forward to taking you on a tour of the new facility. Try to make it back in fall 2009 for the dedication of the building. We would love to see you.

Naturally, we have more news to share, but not enough space to include all the news. Let me share one bit. Professor Jim Tuten has been taking students to the Gettysburg battlefield for many years (no doubt several of you have been on that trip). I urge that you check about an article about this year’s visit, along with videos and pictures done by students. (http://www.juniata.edu/magazine/)

Please enjoy this issue of Chronos in its electronic format. What do you think?

David Sowell

 



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