RIC receives Champlin Foundations grant for auditorium, lab upgrades

The auditorium in the Clarke Science Building is about to undergo renovations, thanks to a Champlin Foundations grant.

The auditorium in the Clarke Science Building is about to undergo renovations, thanks to a Champlin Foundations grant.
Rhode Island College received a $208,655 grant from the Champlin Foundations to fund upgrades to the Amos Assembly room in the Clarke Science Building and improvements to the Computer Information Systems networking and development laboratory in Alger Hall.

The 350-seat Amos Assembly room is RIC’s only mid-sized auditorium. The room is used more than 40 hours per week for science classes and other activities including department and organization events.

Funds from the grant will be used to outfit the auditorium with the standard technology package in most RIC classrooms including a computer projection system, video and DVD input and streaming Internet access.

In addition, the auditorium will have a system of three new screens. One will replace the deteriorating large screen. Two smaller screens will be added for parallel projection, allowing for more content to be displayed on each screen. A new chalk/whiteboard, custom podium, tablet PCs and a video conferencing system will also be added.

The college will contribute to the renovations by funding repairs to the room’s infrastructure including replacing the HVAC system, installing new lighting, and restoring the electricity and water station, as well as adding mobile demonstration tables.

In Alger Hall, the Computer Information Systems lab will be updated with new computers and networking equipment. These improvements will provide instructors with additional flexibility when planning coursework and enhancing instruction while increasing the overall function of the room by making it a classroom, meeting space and collaborative work area, in addition to acting as a computer lab.

The grant and subsequent renovations are occurring as the School of Management is in the process of accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the worldwide accrediting agency for business schools and accounting programs.

“This is a continuation of the School of Management’s purposeful efforts to bring the best instructors, the best programs, the best facilities and the best technology to our students,” said David Blanchette, dean of the School of Management.

The Champlin Foundations provide grants to nonprofit organizations for capital improvements and focus on assisting organizations that have an effect on the broadest population in the state of Rhode Island.

“Ongoing support by the Champlin Foundations is a sign of their confidence in Rhode Island College and the work that faculty and staff are undertaking to enhance teaching and learning,” said RIC President Nancy Carriuolo. “I am very proud of all who collaborated in securing these grants.”