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Two New Hartnell College Buildings to be Dedicated May 12

May 6th, 2006

The first two new buildings to be built on the Hartnell College campus in the last 22 years; a state-of-the-art library/resource learning center and a three-story parking facility - will be dedicated on Friday, May 12.

The parking structure opened in January, and the new library/learning resource center will open its doors in June.

The dedication, scheduled for 3 p.m., will be held in the landscaped area and circle driveway between the two buildings, which are located on Central Avenue across from Central Park.

The public and the campus community are invited to the dedication ceremony, which will include presentations by local community leaders and college officials.

The Hartnell College Jazz Band will perform before the dedication at 2:30 p.m. After the dedication, visitors will be able to tour both facilities where there will be presentations and demonstrations.

In addition to the dedication, a host of campus events is planned throughout the day, including musical presentations, an art exhibit, planetarium shows, campus tours, special presentations for high school seniors, and a no-host barbecue in the campus quad with food booths staffed by students clubs. The campus events, which also are open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

"We are very proud of our new library and parking facility," said College President Edward J. Valeau. "They symbolize the renaissance that is taking place on campus. Thanks to the voters of the Salinas Valley who overwhelming passed the Measure H bond measure in 2002 and our ability to acquire other state funds, Hartnell College is undergoing a transformation - a transformation that is preparing us for the 21st century and beyond."

The last building constructed on Hartnell's main campus was the College Center, which opened in 1982. It houses the cafeteria, bookstore, student government offices, other offices and large rooms for campus meetings and events.

The new two-story, $26.5 million library/learning resource center is nearly three times the size of the old library that was built in 1959 for a maximum enrollment of 2,400 students, far below the current enrollment of about 10,000. The new facility has a 80,000-plus volume capacity for the general book collection.

The state-funded, technologically advanced building provides wireless Internet access throughout, a distance learning/videoconferencing room with worldwide capability, 240 new computers for student use, the newest teaching technologies, such as interactive multimedia display units, and access from off-campus of more than 8,000 e-books.

Gary Hughes, associate vice president of educational technology and library services, said "the new library will support the boom of Internet-based information and communication, and allow our students and faculty to integrate their learning with the latest high-tech equipment and facilities. This facility will become the instructional hub of the campus and will allow us to provide the most up-to-date instructional programs and support services necessary to met the needs of Hartnell students."

The new three-level, $23.5 million parking facility, funded by the passage of Measure H, opened in January and has enhanced campus parking by providing 1,117 spaces for vehicles of students and staff.

The structure features transparent walls in the elevators and staircases for better security. It also houses an electrical generator that will keep lighting on in the parking facility, and will ensure that campus phones and computers will not be affected by unforeseen campus-wide electrical outages.

For more information, contact Stan Crane, assistant to the president, at (831) 755-6795.