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Old Neighbor Meets New Needs

Old Neighbor Meets New Needs

On Feb. 8, Greenville College held a dedication ceremony for the new Light and Life Digital Media Center. Until recently, the former Meeting Room of the Brethren was easy to miss. Near the west end of campus, the humble building served as a neighbor to the College for decades. The vacant building began to deteriorate until last summer when, thanks to a generous donor, the college purchased the property and began renovations.

The Light and Life Digital Media Center provides much needed classroom space for one of Greenville College's growing majors, but it does not reflect a typical classroom setting. Members of the college and community who attended the dedication ceremony had an opportunity to see firsthand the enhancements that make this a premier location for digital media students. It contains a large projection screen and six group workstations, each with its own flat-panel LCD screen mounted on the adjacent wall. One full wall resembles a giant white board where students and teachers can use dry-erase markers to illustrate ideas.

Light and Life Digital Media Center"This space gives our students the ability to collaborate in exciting ways on their media projects and on our new Internet and magazine publications," said Deloy Cole, director of digital media. "I really enjoy teaching in this environment."

Pastor Doug Newton of the Greenville Free Methodist Church offered an invocation at the dedication ceremony. Greenville College Acting President Randy Bergen followed with brief remarks. He noted the symbolic importance of the building, reflecting on its past as a Plymouth Brethren church and its new purpose for training students who can blend Christ and culture with modern forms of communication.

The college completed a variety of renovations prior to debuting the classroom in the fall. Renovations include a new roof, exterior insulation and siding, wheelchair accessible entrances, and new plumbing and electrical systems. No longer ignored, this addition to Greenville College's campus stands ready to receive the traffic this popular program brings.

This story was published on February 12, 2013

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