Goodding Learning Center to be rededicated

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fran Benne | Design and Communications Specialist

Gooding Learning Center

Amy Hauver, senior plant biology major and teaching assistant, discusses gene expression with agronomy genetics lab students.  Fran Benne  |  Agronomy and Horticulture

The Goodding Learning Center, located in 280 Plant Sciences Hall on East Campus, has been transformed into a modern workspace designed to foster digital learning and student collaboration. A rededication, which is free and open to the public, is 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 15.

“The renovated Goodding Learning Center is a substantial improvement in technology and user-friendliness for students on East Campus,” said Roch Gaussoin, agronomy and horticulture department chair.

Thomas H. Goodding

Thomas H. Goodding

The Thomas H. Goodding Learning Center was first dedicated to the Department of Agronomy in 1982. Goodding received his bachelor's degree in agronomy in 1916, the first of 16 members from four generations of the Goodding family to graduate from the University of Nebraska. He also served on the university faculty for 38 years.

This is the first time the center has had a major remodel since its dedication. Installation of three large windows and a windowed door has allowed a significant increase in natural light into the room. Other updates include the addition of an 80-inch, touchscreen monitor and four 60-inch monitors wired to operate together or independently. Accessible power outlets, dynamic furniture arrangements and glass whiteboard partitions have also been added.

“The furniture arrangement allows for infinite flexibility including seminar seating or reconfiguring the glass whiteboards into four sections — each with access to a 60-inch monitor,” Gaussoin said. “This space is now an active learning environment.”

A large mural of photos and scientific illustrations, exhibiting the diversity of plants grown in Nebraska, complement seed-centric tabletops. In addition to the glass whiteboards, three-fourths of the walls have whiteboard paint so students can literally write on the walls.

“We’re very excited about the improved learning space and to sustain the legacy of a dedicated, long-term agronomy faculty member and his family,” Gaussoin said.

Video production: Fran Benne, Agronomy and Horticulture

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