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September 17, 1999

Open House Set For New Teacher Ed Building

On open house has been set for tours of the new state-of-the-art Teacher Education Building at UW-River Falls.

The new $6.5 million building opened this fall for undergraduate and graduate classes in the College of Education & Graduate Studies.

It will be open for tours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Self-guided tours that last about 30 minutes can be taken at any time during the day. Refreshments are available following the tours.

According to Dean Karen Viechnicki, the facility will continue the tradition of excellence in teacher education that led to the founding of the University 125 years ago. The institution was founded as a Normal School in 1874 to train teachers for the Upper Midwest.

The College enjoys a national reputation for innovation and technology that will be enhanced by the new building, Viechnicki said.

The National Education Association has cited the College as one of the 10 most innovative teacher education programs in the nation for its field-based experiences for student teachers in partnership with surrounding school districts and for its use of technology in teacher training. Last year the College was designted at national model in excellence in the use of technology by the American Association of Teacher Education and Microsoft. That recognition was based on its partnering with the River Falls, Hudson and Prescott school districts and St. Bridget's School in River Falls to expand the use of technology as a teaching tool in K-12 classrooms.

The new building was designed by HRS Associates, Inc., of La Crosse, as a two-story facility with 47,000 square feet. It is overlooks the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River and is located between the Ames Teacher Education Building, which previously housed the College, and Hathorn Hall.

The facility will provide new advantages to the college:

-A suite of 12 modern technology enhanced classrooms and a distance learning classroom that surround the building's heart: the Educational Technology Center. The Center serves as the hub for introducing undergraduate and graduate education students and visiting teachers to emerging instructional and information technologies.

-Creation of a regional Outreach Center that provides laboratory services from faculty and students to educators and regional residents through the Departments of Communicative Disorders, Counseling and School Psychology, Social Work and the Reading Center. For the first time, the College has therapy rooms and group counseling rooms for these services, in addition to upgraded diagnostic facilities. Through the use of video cameras and observation rooms, faculty can observe and supervise students and interns as they provide services to clients.

-Continuation of a Pre-school program for children age 4 and under as a laboratory for the College's Early Childhood Program.

For more information about the facility or tour, call the Dean's Office at 715/425-3774.

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