Students, faculty adjust to room changes

| Tyler Koester reporter |

It goes without saying that the first day of class, especially for freshmen, is filled with a lot of adjustments. One adjustment, however, that all students, new and returning, probably didn’t anticipate is the temporary switch of classes out of Heckert-Wells.
This three-story building is under renovations to install a new HVAC system, and some classes and offices have been moved to other campus locations to accommodate the project.
For the time being, chemistry offices have been moved to the second floor of Whitesitt Hall while the biology offices have been relocated to the second floor of Hartman Hall.
A few chemistry researchers for PSU even have offices in the Tyler Research Center.
The installation of the HVAC system in Heckert-Wells was coordinated so that the move back into the building will not interfere with lab components many courses in these departments require.
As renovations are coming to a close, some students anticipate good things on the horizon, even though the current situation may seem like a hassle.
As they say in physics, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Britnee Pond, senior in biochemistry and biology, is one of those students who sees past the mess and views an opportunity for science students like herself to study in a much more comfortable atmosphere.
Pond says Heckert-Wells will be a much easier center to learn in as a result of the renovations.
Students such as William Sisson, junior in biochemistry, are looking forward to the opportunity to work on newer resources. Like Pond, Sisson says the temporary relocation of labs is a little inconvenient due to the size of the classes.
One class in particular is physical chemistry.
“We are cramped in a really small lab right now,” Sisson said. “We don’t have access to the nice big open stuff.”
Students aren’t the only ones getting a little stir crazy due to the relocations. Animals are also reacting to the switch.
The residents of Pitt State’s Nature Reach program got a wake-up call when they were shuttled to Hartman 216 at the end of the 2014 spring semester. Changes in temperature during the transfer were a concern.
But Delia Lister, director of the Nature Reach program, says the transfer went easier than expected.
“I had a very helpful crew of students and physical plant workers, so things went fairly smooth,” she said. “It takes weeks of prep work and planning to make something like this go well, so when it came to the actual move day we had very few problems.”
Lister added the animals seemed to warm up to their new surroundings fairly quickly.
“The transfer didn’t bother very many animals after the first day or two,” she said. “We had some hiccups along the way dealing with low humidity issues, but all seemed to be OK.”
Sometimes, things have to get worse before they get better, and many Pitt State students are starting to realize this.
“It’s a little inconvenient right now,” said Pond. “But I think it’s going to be better overall for science majors.”

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