A new "plug and play" computer lab
Photos courtesy of Collegian Media Group
A.Q. Miller School faculty, students and alumni dedicated the renovated Kedzie 107 writing and production lab on Monday, February 3.
College of Arts and Sciences Dean Amit Chakraberti, A.Q. Miller School Interim Director Steve Smethers, JMC alumnus Steve Edgerley and Associate Dean of Instruction Louise Benjamin, cut the ribbon to inaugurate the lab.
The facility conforms to the school’s recently enacted “computer buy” program, where incoming students are required to purchase their own laptop computer and appropriate software.
According to technology committee chair Nick Homburg, new monitor screens and tables were purchased with money from the College. The new configuration, which cost $35,000, allows students to merely plug in their own computer at any table and to participate in lab instruction.
Homburg said that the School additionally bought four new desktop computers as a backup for students who cannot afford a new computer or to meet other needs, such as personal computer breakdowns.
The desktop models were made possible through a gift from Edgerly, who graduated with a journalism degree in 1982 and had a career as a sports broadcaster and public school teacher. He lives in Dayton, Ohio.