Selected labs, departments and offices have changed locations for the Fall Semester at Truckee Meadows Community College—in other words, if you show up at the door to Red Mountain Building, room 124 to chat with a math instructor, plan on taking an ACCUPLACER placement test instead.
On the more formal side though, the updated locales feature new spaces and equipment that are energizing for students and staff. For example, the larger Testing Services site is sporting new paint, added furnishings, and five new testing stations.
“Testing Services is excited about the change to our location in RDMT 124, as well as the additional space and testing seats that come with the move,” said Helen Scott, Testing Services and Welcome Center Supervisor. “Our new location will provide better accommodations and fewer distractions for our students.”
Further, a brand new Center has been created at TMCC, a partnership that is original to the College and has generated positive feedback from students and staff members.
Services for International Students have been expanded, and collaborative spaces will be offered in a larger Center, enhanced with new paint and furniture. International Student Services will partner with the Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability Office, forming a unified student-centered space.
The new Diversity and International Services Center or "DISCO" will be housed in RDMT 114. Natalie Brown, PhD, Program Director of Academic Advisement, Transfer Center and International Student Services, will oversee the International office at the Center, while Program Manager YeVonne Allen leads the Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability Office. The new Center will be the hub of diversity programming for students, as well.
"Welcome to the DISCO—a new center that includes Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability, along with International Student Services, the DISCO also provides a welcoming, inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff,” Allen added.
RDMT 114 will offer additional services, including the following:
- Meditation/nursing space available
- Computers for student use
- Mobile device charging station
- Lounge space
“We’ll have a ‘Grand Opening’ type of event later in the Fall Semester,” Allen added.
The Student Government Association (SGA), student officers, senators, and Student Life and Development Coordinator Nicole Shimabuku have moved to RDMT 121. Bright new teal paint is featured in the entrance, and individual workstations are placed around the periphery, with a larger meeting table at the heart of the space.
Disability Resource Center (DRC) is now located in RDMT 122. Fresh teal paint and an updated setup create an inviting environment in the Center. The DRC serves as an advocate and liaison for students with disabilities, helping with accommodations that provide equal access to educational opportunities, and fostering self-sufficiency and independence for students. It sees more than 600 students each (fiscal) year.
“Our numbers are always growing, and we offer a wide variety of services to our students,” said Donna Maxfield, DRC Office Manager and Service Coordinator. “We also have software training that will help any student on campus learn how to scan their text and have the computer read it back to them.”
The final summer relocation is a move between buildings for the Math Skills Center. The Center, a self-paced learning environment for developing greater math proficiencies, has moved to Vista Building, room 106.
The Center now occupies a larger space than previously; complete with tables, computer lab and office space. It is also donning bright paint, additional furniture, and all new chairs on rolling casters throughout the main work and practice area.
“The Math Skills Center staff is excited to be in our new, larger space in Vista 106,” said Kyle Sadanaga, Coordinator. “It will allow for more flexible individual and group study space, as well as meetings with instructors and time to work in our computer lab.”
Vista 106 was previously the Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction center. The Tutoring and Learning Center and Writing Center are now located at Elizabeth Sturm Library, taking the shape of a leading-edge learning commons concept. Tutors, supplemental instruction and writing guidance support many subject areas, and together with a full-service library forms a dual resource center.
The Vista Building, built in 1992, is also getting some updates to the commons areas.
“There is new flooring, vinyl plank and carpet in all Vista Building Halls on all floors,” said Teresa Golden, Facilities Operations and Capital Planning Manager.
Information Technology Increases Infrastructure Redundancy
Information Technology, with the lead of Facilities Operations and Capital Planning, completed the construction of a new server, network room at the William N. Pennington Health Science Center.
The scalable setup will balance the workload with other IT facilities while providing redundancy (duplication for backup purposes), and allowing for future growth. A backup generator will provide power, allowing critical systems to stay up and running in case of a power outage.
For more information about the summer departmental relocations and facilities upgrades, please contact Facilities Operations and Capital Planning at 775-673-7100.