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College of Education begins move back home

by UofL Today last modified Nov 12, 2009 08:57 AM

They're back! And the students will be right behind them.

College of Education begins move back home

Joanne Webb, left, and Mylantha Baunjoko sort through telephone cords.

The College of Education and Human Development began moving its offices and centers back to the CEHD building Friday, Oct. 16, with the dean's and other offices. The bulk of faculty and centers will return between Oct. 22 and 26. Classes will move back to the building Nov. 2.

“This semester has been challenging for all of us, but our students, faculty and staff have pulled together to make it work,” said Blake Haselton, interim dean of the college. “I appreciate the assistance we’ve received from across campus, the outstanding work of our Physical Plant team and the patience shown by our students and staff. We all look forward to being back together in the building again.”

The Aug. 4 flood hit the education building harder than any other at UofL. Not only did water fill the building's basement, but diesel fuel and other chemicals spilled into it, contaminating parts of the building and the air-handling system. CEHD and provost office staff and faculty scrambled to reschedule more than 220 class sections so the school could open for the start of the fall semester Aug. 21.

Classes were scattered across Belknap Campus and at DuPont Manual High School. In addition, to CEHD classes, some Kent School of Social Work and College of Arts and Sciences classes that usually are held in the education building were relocated, too.

“We called on friends throughout campus and in the community to help us find classroom space,” said Margaret Pentecost, assistant dean for student services. “Our campus and community colleagues generously responded with offers of meeting rooms, auditoriums and computer labs. We cobbled together the rooms we needed. The departments that let us borrow space were great hosts throughout our relocation. But life will be much easier on all of us once we’re back in our building.”

Nearly all CEHD classes will move back to the building in early November. An exception has been made for one class that is held in conjunction with the Delphi Center in Ekstrom Library. Kent School classes also will move back, with one exception. Arts and Sciences classes will remain in their current locations through the rest of the semester.

Faculty will communicate the new class locations to students. Revised class lists will be posted in the College of Education and Human Development and on its website. A revised list including classes in CEHD, Kent School and A&S will be on the Flood Update site.

The move back to CEHD will conclude Nov. 6, when the Education Advising Center will vacate its current location in Stevenson Hall.

The CEHD move is one of the last to take place. Staff from development and from communications and marketing began to move back into their building on Oct. 17.

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