School of Communications
The Webster community celebrated the grand opening of the reimagined Leif J. Sverdrup Complex housing the School of Communications on October 16, 2018. Featured speakers at the event included President Beth Stroble, Provost Julian Schuster, Dean of the School of Communications Eric Rothenbuhler, Board of Trustees member and principal architect of the original Sverdrup Complex construction Clark Davis and Amy Shaw who is the Senior Vice President of Engagement and Content for the Nine Network and Chair of the School of Communications Advisory Board.
The Sverdrup Complex redesign facilitates a busy, central node in a far-flung network of communication, activity, and innovation. It provides a state-of-the-art building not only in equipment, but in architectural and interior design as well. Similar to contemporary communication agencies, production houses, and news media facilities, the new Sverdrup will feature open, flexible-use, collaborative workspaces, designed to support multimedia work, cross-disciplinary work, and collaboration.
Each room in the remodeled space has a unique design, setup, and function, within an overall vision that enhances multi-disciplinary, multi-media, collaborative work. We have eliminated walls where possible, both physical and social, and where walls are necessary, made them acoustic glass, to increase the visibility of our work and invite collaboration. In addition to its primary function, each space is designed to serve multiple constituencies and facilitate the interaction of students and faculty across disciplines, media, and areas of specialization.
The remodeled space supports all undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Communications, as well as courses from programs across campus and around the world. The classroom, computer lab, and active learning space support the full diversity of courses in the School of Communications.