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Project Update: Generosity of Herb Roemmele '53 to expand global engagement at Lehigh
Globalization is a defining characteristic of the 21st century. More and more, students in every discipline find themselves working in teams with international counterparts. They sit across the table from colleagues and competitors from India, South America, China, the United States, and more. Those who can leverage the collective resources of global talent are tomorrow’s inventors, visionaries, and solution-makers.
The Lehigh community must be globally aware and fully engaged at the international level in order to address national and global challenges and to make a positive impact. We seek to create in Williams Hall a central space – a hub on campus that exposes students of all majors to international study and fosters a global education that will permeate Lehigh.
Williams Hall, built in 1903 and located in the heart of the university’s beautiful Asa Packer Campus, was vacated in summer 2010 after its departments were moved to the new STEPS facility. The move creates an opportunity to renovate and reinvigorate the century-old 63,000-square-foot building into a dynamic center for academic studies and student activities that foster interdisciplinary relations and shared resources.
At Williams, we are creating a crossroads where students will gain more than just exposure to international issues. They will learn to see the world from a variety of perspectives, and be able to apply those perspectives to real-world solutions in their fields. Lehigh is equipping them to thrive today’s dynamic world. This is the kind of experience that employers seek, and which gives Lehigh students the competitive edge.
In addition to providing academic classrooms, office space, and facilities that foster international collaboration and discussion, the building will consolidate student affairs offices and other student services-oriented departments.
The renovations will have far-reaching impact on Lehigh’s learning and living environment. The project:
- Brings together an array of globally-oriented programs to foster advances in research and teaching.
- Creates an integrated, cross disciplinary environment for global and international studies.
- Enhances student support by consolidating student affairs offices and related departments in one location, for maximum efficiency and convenience.
- Integrates academic and student life, a principal goal of Lehigh’s strategic plan for student affairs.
- Classrooms and seminar rooms
- Lecture halls
- Faculty offices
- Office spaces for visiting professors (Fulbrights and post-docs)
- A welcome area/atrium that serves as the focus point for collaboration and interaction among students, faculty and staff.
- Gallery/public spaces
- A lounge and wireless area for more informal faculty and student interaction
- One or more global classrooms that will allow videoconferencing and collaborative teaching with colleagues and students from around the world
- Dean of Students offices
- Center for Academic Success
- Student Services offices: registrar’s offices, financial aid, admissions processing and bursar’s office
For more information, please contact the Office of Advancement at (800) 523-0565.