January 15, 2020 / Vincennes University to celebrate reopening of
Curtis G. Shake Learning Resource Center
VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University has completed a major overhaul
to the Curtis G. Shake Learning Resource Center to create a
student-centered hub with flexible, digital-oriented features.
VU will celebrate the completion of the renovations with an open
house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST Jan. 21. Nearly $8 million was
appropriated for the project.
The open house will include a rededication ceremony in the lobby at
10 a.m. with remarks from Dr. Laura Treanor, VU Provost and Vice
President of Instructional Services/Dean of Faculty, and Director of
Architectural Services and Facilities Andrew Young. Refreshments and
tours will follow. Current students will have the opportunity to win prizes.
The Resource Center provides a convenient location for students to
use several support departments such as the Center for Teaching and
Learning; Counseling Center; Office of Diverse Abilities and
Accommodations; Knowledge Market; Shake Library; and the Student
Success Center and Testing Center.
“We’re hoping we’ve created a one-stop shop for students for many
services,” said Rick Kribs, VU Assistant Provost for Curriculum and
Instruction. “From a user perspective, it has a lot of services
All VU students have access to confidential emotional counseling and
consultation in the Counseling Center. The Testing Center provides
institutional and certification exam administration and proctoring
related services to prospective and current students, community
members, businesses and many other groups throughout Indiana. The
Student Success Center helps with advising and registering for
classes, assists with changing majors, campus resources, and
encourages students to achieve and maintain good academic standing.
The Shake Library provides research help in addition to a vast
selection of print and online sources. VU students can get free
assistance for speeches, projects, presentations and other assignments
through the Knowledge Market. The Office of Diverse Abilities and
Accommodations helps students with diverse needs participate more
fully in educational programming, benefit from an accessible
environment, and achieve greater academic and personal success.
Renovations have given the Resource Center a completely different
look inside and out. The center offers group and individual study
spaces with movable furniture. Other features include laptop chairs,
computer stations, and charging ports. Upgrades also include a coffee
shop and a patio.
“We want to up the game and be able to engage with students on a
variety of levels,” Director of Library Services Charla Gilbert said.
“The renovation of the new space will allow us to do that.”
ABOUT CURTIS GROVER SHAKE
The Shake Learning Resource Center is named after Curtis Grover Shake
(1887-1978), Knox County native, Vincennes University alumnus and
president, attorney, historian, author, and chief justice of the
Indiana Supreme Court. He also served as presiding judge for one of
the U.S. Military Tribunals in Nuremberg, Germany, after World War II.
VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
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MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
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