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Nov. 11 - 24, 2013 www.lcc.edu/lookout

Public checks out A&S renovations

Amber Glomb Freelance Writer Dozens of people filled the newly renovated Arts and Sciences (A&S) Building for the community open house Oct. 26. The total cost of the renovations, which started in November of 2012, was $31 million, according to an LCC press release. The tour consisted of over 20 different departmental demonstrations, as well as student music, a virtual tour, blue prints and much more. The demonstrations included Acid or Base?, A Smile is Worth a Thousand Words, Its Whats Inside that Counts, The Beautiful Mind, Alternative Energy Learning and Virtual Reality Arc Welding. Among the tour attendees was LCC President Brent Knight, who explained there was much to see. There has been considerable publicity about this building, Knight said. We wanted to invite the public to come and see it. I think that this building and these spaces equal any college or any university in the nation for freshman and sophomores. LCC chemistry instructor Coretta Fernandes, who was involved in the Acid or Base? presentation, explained how the new labs and technology have helped her and the students. We are still finding our way around what works and what doesnt work, Fernandes said. For the most part, we are really happy. We can modify the class to meet the needs of the students. We love having the storage area so we can quickly grab chemicals We are enjoying it. LCC alumni Paul Wozniak said he enjoyed the open house experience. Its incredible, Wozniak said. Its very open and accessible. Its shiny. It seems very welcoming and student-focused Its updated in a very chic, cool way. LCC music instructor Molly Cryderman-Weber, who used to teach in the A&S Building, said the tour experience was great. I love all the areas where students can study, Cryderman-Weber said. Its nice there is a blend of the high-tech look and the natural.

Photos by Suzanna Powers

Professor Dan Genter discusses the chemistry of aspirin during the Not Now I Have a Headache demonstration during the A&S Building open house on Saturday Oct. 26.

LCC parent and alumnus Cheryl Campbell (left) discusses genetics during the Its in the Genes experiment that showed participants techniques of analyzing DNA.

Jessica Ebear, a Welding & Fabrication student at LCC, demonstrates the Virtual Reality Arc Welding machine. The device allows students to simulate welding and provides feedback and grades.

Student Cherhonda Jones (middle) and her cousin partake in the Exploring Chromatography experiment to observe which color dyes separate in water-soluble inks. The experiment was conducted by Professor Jason Tew (left).