New Math Emporium and “Fab Fourth” Now Open in 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. More information on the Math Emporium is available at www.kent.edu/mathemporium.
The “Fab Fourth”
Students who go 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,” said 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