The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, April 27, at the Neuharth Media Center on the campus of USD. President David Lorenz opened the meeting and led us in the invocation and a recitation of the Rotary 4-Way Test. This was followed by a round of singing, announcements including the information that District 5610 has raised about $100,000 through the raffle to be used to continue the fight against polio, and the introduction of guests including three Vermillion High School seniors.
There was also a presentation of a check from the Vermillion Rotary Club to the USD Foundation E. Don and Betty McCulloch Swimming Academic Endowment. Betty McCulloch was in attendance and accepted the check on behalf of the Endowment.
President Lorenz introduced Dr. Ann Moore as our speaker for the day. Dr. Moore is dean of Libraries at USD. She gave us an introduction to the upcoming Academic Commons plan for the Library.
The concept is to convert some of the space in the library building into a student study interaction, services and support center. The space where this will take place is the first floor of the I. D. Weeks Library building. This will be a control access point between the Muenster Center and the libraries; a one-stop environment open to hours convenient to the students. It will include spaces for Academic Advising, Career Planning Center, Athletic Advising, Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Student Support Services.
The idea is to have a student-centered environment where students can work alone or in groups in a way that is comfortable to them with everything they need regardless of their residence hall or major. There will be a variety of spaces with powered collaborative tables, digital editing and media viewing rooms, study rooms, conference rooms, and individual workstations including computers at some stations. She also mentioned that these areas would be open to the general public as well.
She also said there would be professional advisors available, employer liaison areas, career exploration resources, tutoring, and supplemental education opportunities. Also mentioned were hardware and software troubleshooting for personal computers, and library and software support service desk.
She concluded her presentation by taking questions from the audience.