The latest issue of the College’s alumni magazine, Communigator, prompted several former students to contact me to ask what the status is on the new center — the Center for Media Innovation and Research (CMIR). The cover story is on the center. [I’d provide a link but the magazine isn’t online yet.]
Most of us in the college are wondering about the status of the center, too. This project certainly has been kept under wraps — literally. All the windows that run the length of the center continue to be covered in brown wrapping paper with the doors locked.
The multi-screen flat panel television now is working. PBS WordWorld was playing at the time, but we’ll be moving beyond the animals spelling out words in a kettle of alphabet soup. Something else will be simmering in the CMIR.
The room has five pods — tables, each with one hard drive and computer monitor. In the rear right corner is a sound booth. New additions to the room are this television camera and a wall-size world map that can work for standups.
This fall, the Senate encouraged the dean to establish a committee to help determine how the CMIR will be used. The committee was established and has started collecting input from the faculty. The committee did get a tour of the center before the end of the semester. The only other group I know of that has been given a tour is the Journalism Department’s Advisory Council.
Stay tuned in for more news developments on the CMIR — as we on faculty receive news.