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Goodpaster Opens

Goodpaster Hall, the College’s first first new academic building in 15 years, was dedicated in October 2007 and opened for classes in January 2008. The 75-seat lecture hall, the chemistry labs, the coffee shop, and the psychology and education classrooms are now alive with the hubbub of learning. The building used recycled or renewable materials for construction, and it will save 300,000 gallons of water annually with waterless urinals, and rainwater and gray-water systems. We wandered the corridors and classes recently, and here is a sampling of what and who we found.
Dan Castle, ’10, wanders through the grounds of Goodpaster playing his recorder in his kilt in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Dan Castle ’10, wanders through the grounds of Goodpaster playing his recorder in his kilt in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Psychology Professor Eric Hiris’ office door is already sprinkled with academic musings.

Psychology Professor Eric Hiris’ office door is already sprinkled with academic musings.

Photo of courtyard with fountain: The courtyard fountain is filled from storm water runoff from the building’s roof.

Photo of courtyard with fountain: The courtyard fountain is filled from storm water runoff from the building’s roof.

Storage cubbies overflow with coats and backpacks.

Storage cubbies overflow with coats and backpacks.

Becky Reynolds ’10 the coffee bar. “Goodpaster,” she says, “is beautiful to where I live.”

Becky Reynolds ’10 works at the coffee bar. “Goodpaster,” she says, “is beautiful and near to where I live.”

Yu Jing Lin ’09 notebook.

Yu Jing Lin ’09 writes in her notebook.

President O’Brien and keynote speaker for the Goodpaster Hall dedication, Gen. Brent Scowcroft (ret.).

President O’Brien and keynote speaker for the Goodpaster Hall dedication, Gen. Brent Scowcroft (ret.).

Michael Kessler '08 synthesizes an inorganic chemical while chemistry professor Allan Hovland looks on. "This lab," says Hovland, "is more open and spacious." The old lab had fume hoods in the middle of the classroom, interfering with vision and communication. Here, they are along the wall.

Ribbon cutting at the dedication, left to right: Steven Muller (past chair, Board of Trustees); James Muldoon (current chair, Board of Trustees); Alvin Collins (secretary, Maryland Dept. of General Services); President O’Brien; June Auerbach (trustee emerita and past chair, Buildings and Grounds Committee); Provost Larry Vote; Sarah Nesnow ’96 (Gen. Goodpaster’s granddaughter); Susan Sullivan and Anne Batte (Gen. Goodpaster’s daughters).

Ribbon cutting at the dedication, left to right: Steven Muller (past chair, Board of Trustees); James Muldoon (current chair, Board of Trustees); Alvin Collins (secretary, Maryland Dept. of General Services); President O’Brien; June Auerbach (trustee emerita and past chair, Buildings and Grounds Committee); Provost Larry Vote; Sarah Nesnow ’96 (Gen. Goodpaster’s granddaughter); Susan Sullivan and Anne Batte (Gen. Goodpaster’s daughters).

Kathy Lewin, office associate, enjoys her roomy office.

Whiteboards in small open conference areas are already covered in formulas. Professor Allen Hovland says Goodpaster’s layout encourages interaction. Students will be studying in one of these areas the night before an exam, and professors often come by and work with them.

Whiteboards in small open conference areas are already covered in formulas. Professor Allen Hovland says Goodpaster’s layout encourages interaction. Students will be studying in one of these areas the night before an exam, and professors often come by and work with them.