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Frostburg State University Officially Opens Center for Communications and Information Technology
09/24/2014

Frostburg State University Officially Opens Center for Communications and Information Technology
Members of the stage party prepare to activate the virtual ribbon cutting of Frostburg State University’s new Center for Communication and Information Technology. Pictured from left are Katie Morgan, Student Government Association President; Dr. Joann Boughman, University System of Maryland Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Joseph Hoffman, FSU Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; FSU President Jonathan Gibralter; Md. State Sen. George Edwards; Cumberland City Councilman David Kauffman; Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan; and Allegany County Commissioner William Valentine.

Frostburg State University’s newest academic building, the Center for Communications and Information Technology (CCIT), had its grand opening on Wednesday, Sept. 24, with a virtual version of the traditional ribbon cutting created by FSU faculty and students, in keeping with the building’s technological focus.

CCIT, which cost $71 million, including design, construction and equipment, is home to the disciplines of Computer Science and Information Technologies, Graphic Design, Mass Communication/Communication Studies and Mathematics. Departments are furnished with equipment mirroring what graduates should expect to find in industry. CCIT also houses WFWM, the NPR affiliate radio station; FSU-TV3, the cable TV channel; and the Multimedia Learning Center, featuring a planetarium with a live feed to the rooftop observatory.

“The students who study here will learn the high-tech trades they need to help drive our country into the future,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “I want to thank all of the staff and faculty who worked so hard to turn a dream into reality. I’ve seen the way their vision, creativity and skills all came together to design this facility. From the ground up, CCIT has been designed to facilitate student learning.”

Using iPads, Gibralter, Md. State Sen. George Edwards, Allegany County Commissioner William Valentine, Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan, Cumberland City Councilman David F. Kauffman, Student Government Association President Kathleena M. Morgan and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Joseph Hoffman jointly “cut the ribbon.” As each person activated the web application, “scissors” started moving, then the animation launched, cutting through a red ribbon to an image of CCIT. View a video of the event here: youtu.be/rVRZ9iYgzSI.

Additionally, screens throughout the building displayed information about the building and played a film, based on web-cam video, of the former Tawes Hall being demolished and CCIT rising in its place. This video can be viewed at www.frostburg.edu/ccit/time-lapse-video-demolition-construction/.

Built and designed by a team of companies led by Gilbane Building Co. and Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners, the 127,000-square-foot structure sits in the middle of campus where Tawes Hall once stood. The building’s technological advantages include industry-standard equipment for disciplines such as Mass Communication and Graphic Design, and the ability to create applications for businesses in Computer Science and Information Technologies.

In addition, CCIT is designed to have a big impact on education but a small one on the environment, from a green roof to the rainwater collection and bio-retention rain garden to the daylight-harvesting lighting system that senses ambient light and adjusts accordingly.

More information about the building and its features can be found here: www.frostburg.edu/fsu/assets/File/Colleges/CLAS/CCITProfile.pdf.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 301-687-4201, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

Web Address for More Information: www.frostburg.edu/fsu/assets/File/Colleges/CLAS/CCITProfile.pdf

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu