This summer, the computer lab in 68 Heady was renovated with new carpet, paint and four large 70- and 80-inch monitors. Gone are the old-school carrels arranged in stiff, straight rows.
The last time the computer lab in 68 Heady Hall was remodeled was in 1993. IT Manager Brent Moore recalls, “I was hired as a monitor in February 1994. This lab was a wonderful place to get started in IT. I enjoyed the environment and the people of economics I encountered in this first IT job.”
But more than 20 years later, the lab badly needed some updating. A new open floor plan, rotated to improve visibility and student interaction, provides space for the 48-seat lab, which is used for classes, individual study, and as a testing center during finals.
Power and network are now integrated into new furniture, eliminating trip hazards and accidental cable disconnection problems.
Much of the funding for the project came from student technology fee funds allocated to the department from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with the remainder from the Department of Economics. The new lab is open for all to use. The hours are 7:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.