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Sophomore pre-pharmacy majors Briann Luteran of Tomís River, N.J., (right) and Josh Rickard of Charleston.
Sophomore pre-pharmacy majors Briann Luteran of Tomís River, N.J., (right) and Josh Rickard of Charleston.

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“University libraries are seeing more usage of their facilities than at any other time in history,” said McNally. “Our technology lounge is our most used space. What better way to renovate this area than with a gift from our Class of 1958.”

McNally presented a large sign featuring the names of alumni who contributed to the 50th reunion gift to Ken Humphries, a member of the Class of 1958 and a former engineering dean at the university. It was 1958 alumnus Lt. Gen. Gerald C. Bauknight who spearheaded the project.

“It is notable that, although 2008 was a year of hard times around the world, the Carolina libraries still made a number of important steps for the greater Carolina community, both on the Columbia and regional campuses,” he said. “The Class of 1958 congratulates the libraries on the many ways it supports and enhances learning at Carolina.”

Sophomore pre-pharmacy majors Briann Luteran of Tom’s River, N.J., and Josh Rickard of Charleston are among the many students thrilled with the space. The pair study together and like to get together with other students to review and teach one another subjects.

“I like to get myself out of my room and study with people,” said Rickard. “The new lounge is modern and looks nice.”

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Cooper Technology Lounge

  • Atmosphere: Soft colors and comfy furnishings encourage a climate of learning; most furniture is easily moved to fit the needs of any study group
  • Privacy: Sixty-four individual computer stations ring the perimeter of the facility; main area contains large, opaque privacy screens that can be moved to accommodate any study situation
  • Hi-tech convenience: Large, flat-screen monitors can accept laptop connections; editing stations with oversized monitors allow students to work on presentations that may include video, still images and audio; hundreds of AC outlets enable students to charge laptops, cell phones, iPods and other personal technology
  • Ease of illustration: Plenty of white boards and markers encourage team learning, whether through sharing illustrations or working out equations or discovering new methods.

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