Over the past several months the ERC has undertaken a significant renovation process. Education is constantly changing and fluctuating. We are striving to keep up with the ever-changing movement and be a place for students, teachers, and the community in general to come for new ideas and inspiration. We wanted to share with you the process that we have gone through and what we have in mind for the future of the ERC. We have undertaken some major changes but we still have even bigger changes ahead!
As mentioned before Education is constantly changing. That includes the resources associated with Education. To begin the process we sifted through our many resource books and set aside books that hadn’t been checked out in the past five years. We then asked all the professors in the department to go through the books and set aside any resources they would use or they thought our students would use. To make room for our new changes we decided to donate the remaining books to a local non-profit. It is a blessing to know that even though some of our resources were not used up here, they will be able to benefit others. Although, we removed several resources we have still kept a multitude of resources that our community uses including our entire children and young adult book section, teacher resource books, manipulatives, activity books, and non-fiction books on an array of topics specifically used for the unit class in the education program. To accommodate the needs of our students we plan on expanding our children’s and young adult book section to provide more access to a wide variety of literature.
For the next step in the process we had an entire row of bookshelves removed. These bookshelves were then dispersed throughout the education building to allow for more shelving space in other rooms of the building. Moving out this row of bookshelves allowed more room for our upcoming lounge area and an interactive classroom. The interactive classroom allows for access to a smartboard, computers, room for a speaker, tables for work, and more.
In August, our plans to establish a lounge came more concrete as we invited students from the art department to come and re-design our new space. They came up with a beautiful plan and we began renovations based off of their ideas. We were so thrilled to use the talents of our students to make this dream a reality!
Over the past several months we have begun incorporating new, inviting furniture, piece by piece, into our lounge area to establish a comfortable study environment. We recently had canned lighting installed to replace the fluorescent lights and create an environment that felt more like a home living room. This alone has transformed our space immensely.
Although we have come a long way we still have several big steps to go. We will be paining the lounge area a cozy blue to again reinforce our homey atmosphere. Physical Resource is building a wooden bar at our window so our customers can work with a view. One of our other big projects is creating a bigger, more equipped self-serve coffee area with an espresso maker, French press, Keurig, and tea station. For our coffee cart we had local artist, Jason White, create beautiful chalkboard artwork. We will also continue to supply new furniture and appliances. We are getting new tv’s and media equipment to allow our students to kick back, relax and watch movies together.
Another change we will be making to the ERC is not in design but in our name. Although a formal name has not been chosen at this time we are honored to say that the ERC will be dedicated to Betty Ann Watson. Mrs. Watson was an immensely influential professor in the Education building and we are proud to carry her name.
I have recently been obsessed with this webiste, called Canva, that you can create your own flyers, cards, posters, etc. It even has some social media tools to design your own instagram picture, pinterest square, blog design, and more! It is a wonderful website that I go to for everything now.
With Christmas recently passing I wanted to make some thank you cards but I wasn't crazy about any that I saw out in the stores so I went to www.canva.com/ to create my own. It was so simple to design since they have several pre-set templates. I tweaked them a little and then printed them on cardstock, trimmed them, and wa-la! I had my own cards that I made. I didn't customize these cards but if you wanted to make them say to a specific person you can! Itsn't that great?!
So, you don't need thank you cards? What else can you do? Well, here is a list of just a few things you could use this website for:
Those are just a few ideas for you. The options are endless! Just stop by the ERC and we will help you print and trim your cards!
Prices for cards:
This is a picture of the cards from the front and the back!
Thanksgiving is on its way. If you are anything like me you want to make everything, including your table, festive and fun. Me and my student workers created this simple and adorable table idea that you can easily create for your home. Below is a recipe for our table: the “ingredients” we used and the steps to create our wonderful masterpiece. So get out your cookbooks and don’t forget to include this recipe!
All ingredients can be found in the ERC to make putting this table together a breeze!