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Open House will celebrate Sage Hall’s unity of academic resources

Office of Disability AccomodationSage Hall will host an open house beginning at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 7 to celebrate its completion of the first phase of becoming a one-stop student resource for academic programs and services.

More than a dozen departments have moved into the building, which formerly housed the College of Business before it moved into the new Business Leadership Building.

The events for the Open House celebration will include:

  • 9:45 a.m. – Native American blessing of the building, using sage
  • 10 a.m. – Opening remarks by President V. Lane Rawlins; “ribbon tying” (rather than ribbon cutting) ceremony to represent how the building ties together the various programs and services for undergraduate success; "Best Undergraduate Experience” student panel; mariachi band
  • 11 a.m. – unveiling of new art that came from designated capital project funds; passport students can use as a guide and receive a prize when it is completed; special prizes and free food

The first phase included the move of nearly a dozen departments and the opening of the Academic Testing Center. The space has been spruced up with bright painting and carpeting. Students can study together in the learning commons. The unity of offices makes it easier for staff and departments to coordinate together.

The second phase will include a second testing center on the first floor, an additional “learning commons” on the second floor and the installation of furniture in the larger “Learning Commons” on the first floor.

Sage Hall includes the following departments:

Celia Williamson, vice provost for Educational Innovation, said she was glad to see the building come together in support of UNT’s first of the four bold goals – the best undergraduate experience in Texas.

“We have classrooms and places for students to work together on projects and support each other's learning,” she said. “We have staff whose passion is connecting with students and helping them connect with the university and the world beyond. We have programs that inspire academic excellence. We have staff who can help students meet and overcome challenges. Each new group that moves in to the building brings another element in creating a community that supports our students and challenges them to create a better future for themselves and others.” 

- Jessica DeLeón, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

(Above, senior rehabilitation studies major Devon Axtman, left, talks to Office of Disability Accommodation testing coordinator John Johnston, right, at the new offices for the ODA in Sage Hall. Photo by Jonathan Reynolds/URCM).

Posted on: Wed 06 February 2013

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