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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2005
CONTACT: Tom McLaughlin
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)
E-mail: tmclaugh@kean.edu

Kean University Opens Newly Constructed Center for Academic Success

UNION, N.J. ––Kean University will hold the official opening ceremony for its newly constructed Center for Academic Success (CAS), located on the University’s campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J., on Friday, February 18. A ribbon-cutting will be held at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at 2 p.m. in the exhibit room and CAS lobby. Tours of the building will depart from the CAS, Room 108 reception desk, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Among the speakers who will mark this historic ceremony are Robert Cockren, Esq., chair of the Kean Board of Trustees; Kean President Dawood Farahi; Dr. Vinton Thompson, Kean provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Stephen Kubow, director of the Center for Academic Success; and Nataly Moncayo, a Kean junior who is majoring in elementary education/bilingual education, and serves as an instructional mentor for the CAS.

Less than two years after ground was first broken, the Center for Academic Success opened its doors to the Kean community on January 18. Thanks to a combination of good planning, progressive technology and a determined effort by everyone involved, the center becomes the largest and most technologically advanced building on campus. The 124,000-square-foot center, distributed over four stories, features a lecture hall for 125 students; 44 classrooms; 20 seminar rooms; 13 labs and 77 faculty and staff offices.

Now located there are the departments of English and Communication and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences dean’s office. The center also houses the divisions of the Center for Academic Success, an all-in-one academic support-service center for undergraduate students from their initial to final years at Kean.
With its completion, the center also becomes the first higher-education building in the state of New Jersey to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Among its numerous features, the building utilizes high-tech photovoltaic (solar-collector) panels to convert solar power to electricity for consumption in the building.