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January 16 will mark an important milestone for Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus.
On that day, the honors college will host a grand opening of its new and larger space in Suite B4 in The Mercado, a multi-use complex located at 502 E. Monroe St. The grand opening, which is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the university community, is scheduled for 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Barrett Honors College Dean Mark Jacobs and Olga Davis, Associate Dean for Barrett at the ASU Downtown campus, will welcome guests, make remarks and lead an official ribbon cutting. Tours of the new space will be offered by Barrett Downtown student leaders. Refreshments will be served.
A soft opening of the space was held last August when faculty and staff offices moved from an approximately 3,000-square-foot space in the University Center Building on Central Avenue to the approximately 12,000-square-foot space in The Mercado.
The new space was immediately outfitted with faculty and staff offices and computers for student use. Over the fall semester work was completed on four new classrooms, meeting and study areas, the Barrett Writing Center, a computer lab with printers, a conference room for thesis defense sessions, and multi-purpose event space. There also are areas to display artwork made by Barrett students, a small kitchen for commuter students and others to store and heat up meals, a Nintendo switch operable gaming space, and a room with video equipment students can use to record presentations and practice interviews.
In a fun twist, there is even a “thesis gong” that students can sound to celebrate the completion of their thesis and creative projects. One classroom is equipped for the Barrett Global Classroom, which will allow Barrett students to connect online with students from universities in other countries for interactive classes.
The new Barrett suite will provide the space needed to accommodate more and better programs for students as well as classroom dedicated to signature honors courses, including The Human Event and The History of Ideas, said Dr. Kira Gatewood, Barrett Downtown project manager.
Barrett Honors Faculty Fellow Alex Young said he is looking forward to having offices, meeting and event spaces, and classrooms all in the same suite.
“We are happy to have a place with more room to better integrate our academic and student programming and bring staff, faculty, and students together in a way that we hope creates a true home for Barrett Downtown. I'm quite excited about having classrooms tailored specifically to Barrett's student-centric model of seminar-style learning,” Young said.