LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.
As a Providence College graduate, you know that some of the most important aspects of a PC education take place outside the classroom. For today’s students, these informal learning experiences are more important than ever. It is essential that our students have access to technology-rich, flexible environments that foster collaborative learning, teaching, and research. Environments like these inspire the type of innovative thinking that prepares our undergraduates to be successful and independent researchers. As a result, PC students acquire the skills they need to become leaders in their fields and address complex problems in society.
Thanks to the generosity of alumni who donate to the PC Fund, the Phillips Memorial Library is able to provide such an environment for our students through the TecHub and TechStation, which recently won a national Innovation Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS — BY STUDENTS.
Students were involved in every detail of the TecHub, from the furniture — which is “mismatched” and movable — to the refreshment options, to the technology. They can check out laptops, netbooks, iPads, and phone and device chargers as easily as they can check out books. They can turn hallways into classrooms and classrooms into think tanks. They can access 40,000 electronic journals while sipping a cup of iced coffee, anytime, anyplace. On the outside, it still looks like a traditional library. But inside, it functions like a 21st century space for teaching, learning, and research.
WHAT DOES THE PC FUND HAVE TO DO WITH IT? EVERYTHING.
The TecHub is a place where faculty and students are equal participants in the learning process. A place where students tackle problems and challenge one another and their fellow scholars. This place wouldn’t be possible without the PC Fund, which allows the College to address its most urgent needs while investing in things like laptops and light bulbs, “funky” chairs and flash drives, tea and tablets. Taken individually, there’s nothing groundbreaking about any of these things. Together, they create an environment that allows our students to innovate, to connect, and to thrive.
By supporting the PC Fund with a gift before June 30, 2013, you will help our students explore new ways of thinking, not only at the TecHub, but in every corner of campus and beyond the gates. Those lessons learned outside the classroom will prepare them to be nimble, to be innovative, to be leaders.
If you have already made a contribution to the College, please know we are extremely grateful for your support and ask that you consider making an additional donation.