The Lehigh community is invited to join Provost Pat
Farrell and other senior leaders on Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to Noon in
Lamberton Hall to share ideas regarding development of the Mountaintop Campus.
This second Town Hall—the first took
place Nov. 20—is devoted to eliciting ideas regarding how Lehigh can best
leverage this rare opportunity. All are welcome.
In May, Lehigh acquired the last two
buildings on the Mountaintop campus and a generous $20M gift from Scott Belair '69 is enabling renovation of the buildings to
begin. These massive industrial-era buildings with 50-foot ceilings and
more than 120,000 square feet of available space have the capacity to support
any number of programs for students, faculty and staff to work together in new
The question before Lehigh—and Town Hall
participants—is how the university can use the space to create the most vibrant
environment possible for 21st century learning and engagement. The
wide open spaces of Mountaintop will inspire fresh thinking about how we do our
work across the university and how we prepare students for constructive action
in the world.
At Wednesday’s Town Hall, students,
faculty and staff from across the university came together to discuss how
Mountaintop could help Lehigh define the future of higher education—with no
idea too small or too grand to be added to the mix. Student suggestions included
a new, third library at Mountaintop that would house tools instead of books—a
sort of 21st century garage space for creation. Faculty, meanwhile,
wondered aloud about the value of a totally immersive educational experience (the kind envisioned as a
possibility for Mountaintop).
Almost all of the ideas centered on the
need for greater collaboration across disciplines and an interest in addressing
big ideas and big concepts—notions that were reflected in the pilot projects that unfolded at Mountaintop this past summer.
Many questions remain, and it will take
the combined energies and imagination of the Lehigh community to address them.
Anyone with an interest in helping define this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,
and potentially setting an example for the future of higher education, are
welcome to join the Town Hall on Friday.
Watch the Mountaintop Video
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013