ASC opens the shades of new student family room
Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 01:10
The new Shade Family Room in the Armstrong Student Center (ASC) is open for academic tours as of last Friday. This room is the first finished part of the ASC and is now available for academic tours and prospective Miami student viewing. The ASC will fully open for all Miami student and faculty use on Jan. 27.
Chair of the Armstrong Student Center Board senior Nick Miller has been a part of building the vision for ASC and the Family Shade Room, and said the Shade Family Room is meant to give future students a preview of the ASC.
“The Shade Family Room was made capable for academic tours to build excitement about the student center and it is the entryway to the entire building so it was able to be sectioned off,” Miller said.
Sophomore Jacqueline Morgan, a Miami tour guide since last February, said she is also excited to show the Shade Family Room to prospective students.
“It is such an important part of what Miami is going to be and so we wanted the incoming students to see the space to show them it could be a part of their future,” Morgan said.
The Shade Family Room is named for David and Charlotte Shade. It was designed to be the family room of campus with couches and tables for students to use according to Director of ASC Katie Wilson. Much of the idea for the room came from an architect from William Rawn Associates.
Miller said the Family Room is meant to be a room where students can relax and study within the busy student center.
“If the Armstrong Student Center is the focal point of campus, essentially the Shade Family Room is the campus family room where students can relax, study, have small group discussions,” Miller said. “They wanted to create a feeling of openness for students to feel open lines of communication when being in the room.”
Alongside the comfortable couches and sitting area, there is a large fireplace, which works for the indoor and outdoor areas.
First-year student Cece Giglio said she has been looking forward to the opening of the ASC.
“I remember touring last year and hearing all about the new student center,” Giglio said. “Now that I’m a student here, I can’t wait to hang out there and study next to the big fireplace they’re building.”
To add to the comfortable feel, the Shade Family Room has eight different panels on the wall that discuss the history of Miami University through different organizations and groups on campus, according to Wilson.
“It ties in this old Miami link with pictures of the Redhawks, student organizations, architecture, academics, it’s like our family album which drives the theme of Miami’s family room,” Wilson said.
All academic tours will be taken through the Shade Family Room until Jan. 27. After opening day, tours will be able to see the whole ASC along with all Miami students.
“The room is a perfect symbol of Miami pride and what future prospective students might take part in, I think it’s a great addition to the tour,” Morgan said.