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McDavis: Baker Center set to open winter quarter

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 2, 2006) -- A grand opening celebration for the new Baker University Center will be held Feb. 10, 2007, President Roderick McDavis told local reporters yesterday. The building will be open and operational Jan. 2, 2007. Winter quarter classes begin Jan. 3, 2007.

"I think [Baker] will change the center of campus as we have known it," he said. "It reflects and meets the needs of our current and future students."

Staff members will move into the $60 million center beginning Nov. 20. The project, which is on budget, is being funded by $20 million in state capital improvement monies and a $60 quarterly student fee that will retire $40 million in bonds. The student fee takes effect winter quarter. 

The Scripps College of Communication will take over the current center, McDavis said, though it has not yet determined whether it will remodel the building or build a new facility on that site. A recommendation on that is expected in early 2007.

McDavis also discussed the naming of the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre in the College of Business, which was celebrated by the college Wednesday. The Scheys supported the center with a $2.2 million commitment earmarked for scholarships, research, professional symposia and teaching, and the Ohio University Board of Trustees passed a resolution that approved the official naming of the center during its recent meeting.

"Students get in-depth knowledge of how to go about sales and it propels them into business," McDavis said, adding that the Sales Centre attracts students from areas across the university.

Asked about whether disciplinary measures will be taken against Charles Parks, the Ohio University engineering professor away on sick leave who was arrested in October on drug charges, McDavis said that the university is looking at possible options for action. "He will not return to any teaching capacity until his case has been adjudicated," he said.

On the topic of Halloween, McDavis said, "It was a pretty calm, uneventful Halloween, and we're pleased with that."

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Writer: Elizabeth Boyle

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