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August 26, 2014

Want to hear Martin Luther King’s talk to Oxy students in 1967? Oxy Prez Arthur Coons' Convocation address of 1961? Photographer Ansel Adams’s 1969 lecture on conservation? Listen to the 1953 Glee Club recording of Brahms Folk Songs? How about a video tour of the campus with students in 1935 or campus scenes from the 1930s to 1970s?

The Special Collections and College Archives holds films, video, and audio recordings that document campus life and events of the 20th century. Most of these are on recording formats for equipment that is out of date (VCR, film projectors, reel-to-reel audio players, etc.).  Eighteen months ago, Digitization Specialist Eli Chartkoff began reformatting these rare materials into digital files for preservation in our Digital College Archive. Here are some of the collections underway:

Historic Campus Films: 33 16mm and 8mm films dating from 1931 to 1977, in color and black and white, silent and sound, depicting campus and classroom scenes, student life, graduation ceremonies, sporting events, student...

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August 26, 2014

During the 2013-14 academic year, the Occidental College Commons (OCC) Working Group met regularly with Frederic Fisher Partners to develop the schematic design for the commons.

Working Group members from the faculty included: Amy Lyford, Julie Prebel, Dan Snowden-Ifft, and Saul Traiger. Administrative members included: Amos Himmelstein, Brett Schraeder, Joe O'Hara, Marsha Schnirring,  Rebecca Stoltz, Shelby Radcliffe, and Thomas Polansky.

The schematic design phase results in renderings that can be used by President Veitch and the Institutional Advancement Team in fundraising for the project.

Here is an image from the schematic design. For more information, contact Marsha Schnirring (mschnirring@oxy.edu).

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August 26, 2014

Occidental College has received a four-year, $700,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation designed to allow the College to extend and deepen its successful efforts to integrate digital resources into student and faculty learning, teaching, and scholarship. Building on the work made possible by Mellon support in 2010, the grant will fund a faculty fellows program, support for postdoctoral scholars and graduate research fellows, the development of regional partnerships with  like-minded institutions, and a steady stream of speakers, workshops, and programming.

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August 26, 2014

As part of the 2014 Mellon grant (“Developing Leadership in the Digital Liberal Arts”) (link above), fourteen Occidental faculty members over the course of the next three years will serve as faculty fellows associated with the Center for Digital Learning + Research. During these semester-long fellowships, the faculty fellows will have the opportunity to develop digital research projects and experiment with new pedagogical approaches. This work will be supported by a course release, funds for required equipment, and the collaborative labor of postdoctoral fellows affiliated with the CDLR. These...

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August 26, 2014

We are nearly finished spending the $70K grant from the Connell Foundation to launch a Critical Making Studio housed in the Academic Commons. Working in coordination with the Media, Arts, and Culture program, we have purchased four professional production kits (cameras, lenses, lights, audio recorders, and associated stands) and have configured five computers to serve as high-end post-production stations available to all students at the college.

 

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August 26, 2014

2013-14 was a big year for the advancement of digital technologies at Occidental College with the completion of the Johnson Hall renovation and opening of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs.

This remarkable building combines the best of the old and the new, with the preservation of historical exterior and interior details, and the invention of a bold new teaching and learning space, which integrates online and physical communication. On April 26, 2014, Occidental celebrated the formal Dedication of the McKinnon Center, along with the Varelas Innovation Lab, Choi Auditorium, and Irwin Field Media Classroom.

At the nerve center of these spaces are the Global Forum media wall and its web-based scholarly authoring platform, Global Crossroads. In preparation for the opening, staff and student workers from Scholarship Technology worked closely with faculty, administrators and staff of the McKinnon Center, International Programs Office,...

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August 25, 2013

This Fall, Occidental College will reopen Johnson Hall for classes after closing the building for renovation at the end of the 2011/12 academic year. 

The results are well worth the wait. Johnson Hall is the new home of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, which is named in recognition of Oxy alumnus Ian McKinnon (’89). The Center includes the departments of Politics; Diplomacy and World Affairs; Spanish and French Studies; East Asian Languages and Cultures; and German, Russian, and Classical Studies as well as the International Programs Office. In its new form, Johnson Hall reflects a fundamental reconsideration of how people think, communicate, act, and learn in the emerging world communities of the 21st Century.

This high-profile Center is powered by state-of-the-art digital media technologies. A dramatic two-story...

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August 25, 2013

ITS made significant progress on our plan to improve classroom AV equipment.

Learning space upgrades were completed in the following locations:

  • New system installation in Fowler 108
  • Full system upgrades in Mosher 1, BioScience 113, CAE Seminar Room (to be completed by 8/30)
  • AV Control Systems configured/upgraded:
    • Dumke Commons
    • Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302, Mosher 1
  • Projector and Screen replacements:
    • Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302
    • Rangeview 232, 243, 244

ITS upgraded all public lab and lectern computers to Windows 7.  We upgraded memory and installed new hard drives in 150 lab/lectern computers to increase the performance of the machines. 25 lab/lectern computers were replaced with newer machines.  The oMac computer lab in the Academic Commons is now a “dual boot” lab allowing for running either the Mac operating system or Windows.

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August 25, 2013

Since President Veitch first articulated the vision for a library renovation and creation of an Academic Commons, the college has taken many steps toward  "making visible our commitment to a 21st century liberal arts and sciences education.” Among them are the 2010 Mellon Grant, the 2010-11 Task Force on the Academic Commons (part of the integrated planning process), the 2011 IR Reorganization, Brown LearnLab remodel, and the integrated InfoCenter. The Academic Commons is a key component of curricular and scholarly transformations in Occidental’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan: “Advance the Academic Commons as the campus intellectual center bringing together students, faculty and staff with access to extensive technology, innovative programming and services, flexible learning and teaching spaces, peer tutoring, research support,...

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August 25, 2013

In the last couple of years, Library staff have begun to implement the 2011 recommendations of the Academic Commons Task Force (ACTF), a component of the Integrated Planning Process of 2010-2011. The recommendations include items for the offices and programs that will be housed in the renovated library, the nature of library collections, and the building itself, ongoing planning, and the conceptual role of the commons in campus intellectual life. Following a review of the ACTF recommendations about the Library’s circulating collections, readers will find an update about the completion of the first major phase of the collection review.

Based on the following assumptions about the future of the Library’s general, circulating materials--

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