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October 16, 2013

Introducing Rettner Hall

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Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation was dedicated Friday, Oct. 11.

Designed as a hub for the arts, sciences, and engineering on the River Campus, the building provides a place for students to gain both practical skills and theoretical understanding of digital technology.

The building is named for University Trustee Ronald Rettner, an entrepreneur, business executive, developer, and advocate of higher education, who provided the lead gift for the project.

“This is the first building in the country that integrates engineering, computer science, art, graphic design, and music,” Rettner says. “It encourages student collaboration. It’s team-oriented—students working and learning together and from each other.”

He adds that the building is also intended to be a fun, relaxing space for students, where they can pursue their interests.

The three-story, 18,900-square-foot facility features an engineering fabrication lab where students can build project prototypes, a multipurpose learning studio, group study areas, and exhibit space for students to display their projects. The new building also contains sound and video recording studios, high-end computers, and 3-D printers, which represent the latest manufacturing technique to convert digital design software into actual models.

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