In August, Chancellor Tina Q. Richardson challenged the class of 2020 to reimagine spaces at Penn State Lehigh Valley in a way that would encourage creative thinking and build a deeper sense of community on campus. The project, Metamorphose, was chaired by seven advisers comprised of faculty and staff members, including Ron De Long, Elizabeth Flaherty, Mike Krajsa, Ann Lalik, Kate Morgan, Hal Scholz, and Corianne Thompson.
“The goal was to empower first-year students early in their college experience with a project that would have a large impact on their learning environment while also seeing through their eyes how they would like their campus to look and feel,” said Morgan, an adviser as well as a human development and family studies instructor (HDFS). “We were blown away by the energy and passion of the presentations. From the desire to brand the campus with a Penn State feel, to creative space renovations to accommodate study areas and socializing, the students really brought some amazing ideas to the chancellor and campus community.”
More than 25 proposals were submitted by first-year students in the 10 sections of the HDFS 287Y class. Richardson; Director of Academic Affairs Kenneth Thigpen; and an advisory committee reviewed each proposal and selected one from each of the 10 sections for the class to then work together on and develop into a final project proposal, which included budget research, risk management information, and impact studies.
Poster summaries of each proposal were on display in Centre Hall from Dec. 5 to Dec. 9 for the rest of the campus community to learn about the projects.