Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge to Link Campus, Community

Proving that infrastructure projects can sometimes impact a campus just as much as the construction of a new learning facility, Florida International University (FIU) in Sweetwater will soon add a pedestrian bridge, parking garage, and new sidewalks and plazas to its campus. The new additions are part of FUI’s UniversityCity Prosperity Project, which focuses on creating better transportation links between the university’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) and the surrounding community.

New Charter Oak School to Incorporate IB Learning Principles

By Jessie Fetterling
The new Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford is on schedule to debut in time for the 2016-2017 school year. Designed by the Stamford, Conn., office of Perkins Eastman, the project will address two goals for West Hartford Public Schools: To expand both public school Pre-K instruction and magnet school enrollment at Charter Oak to meet the state of Connecticut’s mandated racial balance goals, according to Chip Ward, director of finance and planning for the school district. Once completed, Charter Oak will admit 80 students per grade from Pre-K through fifth grade to serve a total of 560 students.

Dalton State Celebrates Mashburn Hall Topping Out

Earlier this month, a ceremony was held to celebrate the topping out of (or placement of the final beam on) a new residence hall scheduled to open in time for the fall 2016 semester at Dalton State College in Dalton. The $12 million Mashburn Hall will be the first residence hall in the Roadrunner Place Complex, and is being built thanks to a public-private partnership between the University System of Georgia (USG) and Corvias Campus Living.

New $96.5 million Ole Miss Basketball Arena Hosts First Game

The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels played their first game against Alabama in the new $96.5 million The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Jan. 7. The new multi-purpose facility is home to both the men’s and women’s basketball programs and will serve as a venue for graduation ceremonies, concerts and other university events.

FETC Announces 2016 STEM Excellence Award Winners

Winners of the 2016 Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) STEM Excellence Awards were announced at the annual event in Orlando on Jan. 14. The awards honor excellence and innovation in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the primary, middle and high school levels. Finalists were evaluated based on their use of interdisciplinary curriculum, collaboration, design, problem solving and various STEM offerings.