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Science Center Addition, Chattering Teeth Highlight Opening of Spring Semester 2014

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Category: College/Campus News

Published: 2014-01-29 00:00:01.000

It began as a downright balmy 40 degrees Monday morning. But the wicked winds picked up once again and the temps dipped welcoming Montgomery College students and faculty back to class for the opening day of spring semester 2014.

"I had an 8 a.m. PE class and I have to say, I was eager to get back so I wasn't even paying attention to the weather," said Andrew Keys, 24, a student assistant at the Rockville Campus and MC grad who is now taking classes at both the Universities at Shady Grove and MC. "It's the first day of class, but it's also another step toward becoming a forensic scientist. I should have my four-year degree by the spring of next year."

Check out some first day photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/montgomerycollege/sets/72157640234818434

The Rockville Campus had a first of its own as the newly renovated Science Center addition, formerly Science East, hosted classes for the first time.

According to the Montgomery College Office of Facilities, the Science Center addition adds 60,000 square feet of instructional space, student collaboration lounges, conference rooms and academic and information technology offices with direct connective walkway access into the Science Center atrium. The College expects to receive LEED Gold status for energy efficiency and sustainable design.

Click this link to see the Science Center addition:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/montgomerycollege/sets/72157640231606933/

Some of the rennovated building's highlights include a 20-seat conference room with flat screen monitor and 40+ conference room with projector and screen and a student lounge on the first floor. The second floor features a math "emporium" and two 32-seat computer labs. One of the instructional classrooms on the fourth floor is furnished with soft lounge seating, and two of the classrooms have Brightlink projectors.

At the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, it's business as usual for returning student D'Angelo Vaughn, the starting point guard on the MC men's basketball team. Vaughn and his Raptors teammates typically spend the winter break on campus practicing and taking winter session classes.

"It's certainly nice to have everybody back on campus, it makes for a community environment," said Vaughn, a Wise High School grad. "My classes were full of energy and it's always nice to see new faces and meet new people."

Another student from the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 21 year-old Kevin Precia, enjoys the more laid back feel of the spring semester versus the hectic fall opening.

"It has been relaxed and productive at the same time," said Precia, who went to high school at now-closed Springarn in Northeast Washington, DC. "And it's good to get out of the house and come back to MC where there is a new group of people and new things to learn in my new classes."

Dr. DeRionne Pollard, the College president, summed it up perfectly in her Monday morning President's Corner message, "While the temperatures outside may not feel quite appropriate for the start of the spring semester, I know I always get an extra spring in my step with the energy of a fresh semester."

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