Hintz Family Student Center Opens its Doors to Health and Human Development Students

November 3, 2009

Students in the College of Health and Human Development now have a place in Henderson Building where they can study, check e-mail, or meet up with friends. Room 10 Henderson Building has undergone a large-scale renovation and has been converted into the Hintz Family Student Center.

“The Hintz Family Student Center is a place that students can call their own, where they can work and relax before, after, and between classes,” says Dr. Nan Crouter, Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development.

The center has enough tables, chairs, and study space to accommodate eighty to ninety students at any given time. Students also have access to a kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave, and a projector that works in conjunction with one of the center’s walls (coated with a reflective paint technology that allows the wall to be used as a giant screen). Part of the student center was designed as a small conference area, which includes pendant lighting and a long table.

The center was developed by the architecture firm Bolhin Cywinski Jackson, which conducted student focus groups to find out what students would use most in a place that they could call their own. As a result, the architects added computers and printers into the design, as well as more study space.

“There’s really no student-centered area in Henderson Building,” says Dean Crouter. “With so much of HHD in the building or nearby, it only makes sense to dedicate this space to students.”

Human Development and Family Studies student Michelle Green agrees: “The current student-oriented areas available on campus are extremely overcrowded and noisy, and they do not have private and intimate settings like the newly renovated student center will have. I believe it will be a miniature version of the HUB, directly impacting HHD students.”

Students can stop by at their leisure, or they have the option to reserve the center for student organization meetings and other gatherings. HHD students interested in reserving the student center can contact Gloria Williams-Hodgin at gjr2@psu.edu. Students interested in reserving the center in the evenings or on weekends must have a faculty or staff sponsor.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.