The 26 buildings of the campus surround a central pedestrian mall. The campus recently completed a state-of-the-art renovation of Imholte Hall, the social science instruction and office building. The Humanities Fine Arts Center houses two theatres, a recital hall, a gallery, art studios, music rehearsal rooms, two television studios, and a variety of special purpose classrooms. UMM has laboratory facilities for psychology and a simulation laboratory for political science students as well as many laboratories for the natural sciences. Students also have access to the Computing Services center, which supplies support services for instructional, research, and administrative programs on campus. The Student Center opened in 1992. Intended as the community center for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests, the center contains meeting rooms, a café, a major auditorium, lounges, recreation rooms, study space, a banquet and ballroom, student activities and student organization offices, and the campus radio station. The new 60,000-square-foot science building houses laboratories and computer classrooms to support the science and mathematics curriculum. This fall, we will begin major renovation of the Gateway Center which will be the central location for offices of admissions, communications, and other community-oriented services. Soon to follow will be our green dorm, the Green Prairie Living and Learning Community, which is scheduled to open fall 2010.
Most of the education courses are taught in two of the campus’s oldest buildings—the education building, with three seminar rooms and faculty offices, and the multi-ethnic resource center with a large classroom and a seminar room. The two buildings, with a beautiful memorial garden between them, have been regularly updated with instructional technology. Two SmartBoards, mounted projection units, and computers allow instructors and candidates to use current programs and strategies. Despite efforts to maintain and improve the education classrooms, we recognize problems and are focused on addressing them. Our building is not handicap accessible, and it needs to be. Chancellor Jacquie Johnson is aware of our needs and is supportive of our goal of having a state-of-the-art instructional facility.