Lafayette College in Easton has some celebrating lined up this weekend involving two new global education initiatives.
Renovated residence hall, Grossman House, will be dedicated Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Grossman House, located at 611 High St. is a special residence housing 25 students interested in global topics.
On Saturday, officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Oechsle Center for Global Education at 12:30 pm.
A signature three-story building modeling Lafayette’s approach to education in the 21st century, the Oechsle Center will be a dynamic, collaborative learning environment and a hub of interdisciplinary interaction.
The center will house the International Affairs program and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and will be a key locus of activity for area studies programs.
State-of-the-art instructional facilities will include a lecture hall with about 60 seats, two 40-seat classrooms, a conference room, and other teaching and learning spaces with the flexibility to be used in various ways by faculty and students.
The approximate cost of the project is $10 million, and is made possible by the support of Walter Oechsle '57 and his late wife Christa Huber Oechsle.
The new center will be built along South College Drive, south of Pardee Hall and across from the Simon Center.
“Connecting the classroom to the world outside our walls is at the core of the College’s mission,” says Lafayette President Daniel H. Weiss. “These initiatives reflect our commitment to meet the needs of our students and graduates in a complex, rapidly changing world.”
Grossman House was built in 1915 by the Pennsylvania Sigma Deuteron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. It renovated in 2011-12 to serve as a residence hall and also houses a large library on the first floor where residents and other members of the campus community can gather for special events and discussions.