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Vermont Congressional Delegation to Take Part inLyndon State College Ground BreakingLyndon Center, Vt. – Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders along with Representative Peter Welsh will all take part in ground breaking for the new academic and student activity building at the college August 12 at noon. The ceremony will take place in front of the Vail Center, followed by a reception in the Vail Student Center.Space for student clubs and activities has been at a premium at Lyndon for a number of years, and, with growing enrollment recently, academic space has also been tight. This building project, approved by the Vermont State Colleges board of trustees last year, will provide instructional and faculty office space and space for academic programs that are increasing in size and technological complexity. Its multipurpose student activity space will meet a range of cultural, entertainment, academic and social needs for the Lyndon student body.In addition to student activities, three academic programs will move to the building when it opens next August – Meteorology, Exercise Science and Business Administration. Meteorology, an area where technological advances are made at a fast pace, will gain laboratory space, a new research area, updated equipment, a recording room for students to practice their broadcasting, an observation deck and space for the Lyndon Institute for Applied Meteorology, which sponsors research and educational programs online.Business Administration, which currently shares the Harvey Academic Center with Visual Arts and the Recreation Resource and Ski Resort Management Departments, will occupy the entire second floor of the new building. This new space will provide a professional business atmosphere in which students and the department can carry on their consultations with and presentations to area businesses with which they work, such as those involved in the iWOW (Incubator without Walls) program. iWOW businesses from the Newport/Derby area are working with Lyndon students and faculty to streamline their business models to position themselves in the most favorable competitive stance in regard to potential big box stores that may come to the area.Perhaps gaining the most from the move will be Exercise Science. This growing area, which in the past focused on physical education, now serves a growing number of students in a field of expanding opportunities. Along with the B.S. in physical education, Exercise Science now offers degrees in pre-professional athletic training, strength and conditioning/health and fitness, sports management, sports medicine and a self-designed program. This area has grown so fast that the college has been hard-pressed to find adequate appropriate space, and a few of the classes have been held for some time in a converted racquet ball court.Dean of Business Administration Dean Hamilton estimates construction costs at $10 million. The money comes from a Vermont State Colleges bond and will be repaid with student fees over the next 30 years. Even though Lyndon is part of Vermont’s public higher education system, state funding is too low to fund the improvement and growth which are necessary to offer Vermont students the education they deserve. Fund raising is also underway, and naming opportunities are available. Fund raising will provide all of the $1.5 to 3 million dollars needed to equip and furnish the building. For more information, contact Dean of Institutional Advancement Bob Whittaker at 626-6427.Follow signs for parking, which will in the faculty/staff lot by the baseball field while the main Vail lot is under construction.Architect for the project is Smith-Alvarez-Sienkiewycz of Burlington, and H.P. Cummings of Woodsville, N.H., will be construction manager. Cummings recently worked at LSC in the same capacity during the construction of the Rita Bole Complex. A reception will follow the ceremony in the student center on the second floor of Vail.
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