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New Math Emporium and “Fab Fourth” Now Open in Library

Posted Sept. 5, 2011 | Emily Vincent

Kent State students focus on work at their own individualized pace in the new Math Emporium, located on the second floor of the University Library.

With the start of fall classes, two new, attractive spaces in the Kent State University Library have opened: the Kent State Math Emporium and the “Fab Fourth.” Both locations, which feature state-of-the-art technology, bright, vibrant colors and comfortable furniture, are examples of how the university is dedicated to student success. They also are part of making the University Library the very heart of the world-class learning environment offered at Kent State.

The Math Emporium

The Math Emporium is a state-of-the-art learning center located on the second floor of the University Library. Basic math skills are an essential foundation for many courses of study and necessary for students’ overall academic success in college. The university has developed a specialized learning experience to equip students with the mathematical knowledge they will need on their path to graduation. At the Math Emporium, students learn through an innovative, engaging and easy-to-use program designed to help them become comfortable and proficient in basic mathematics. At the Math Emporium, students learn exactly what they need at their own pace while an instructional team provides students with individualized coaching.

Kent State faculty and staff members are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dessert reception at the Math Emporium on Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. For more information on the Math Emporium dedication, contact Lashonda Taylor at x22235 or ltaylo33@kent.edu.

The “Fab Fourth”

Visitors to the library’s fourth floor will see a huge transformation as they enjoy the “Fab Fourth.” The fourth floor has been renovated to a new space for students to study, relax and connect with others. It also features the Writing Commons, the university’s writing center, and UCommute, a new center for commuter students that provides a “home away from home.” UCommute offers staffing and a special location for commuter and off-campus students.

“Off-campus and commuter students will receive more information about upcoming programs and services in the following weeks,” says Rebecca Kapler, coordinator of UCommute at Kent State. “Students can visit the fourth floor anytime the library is open. Staff will be available Monday through Friday with some evening hours to better meet the needs of off-campus and commuter students.”

Evolving with Student Needs

The renovations made to the University Library demonstrate one of the key topics addressed in Kent State President Lester A. Lefton’s 2010 State of the University Address. “Our libraries are being used in radically different ways by faculty and students with evolving needs,” he said. “So let’s turn them
into centers of activity, hubs of technological innovation and ideas. Let’s develop student spaces, study areas and learning magnets. Let’s make our libraries the intellectual centers of our
campuses again.”