ORONO - An idea sparked over a decade ago has finally become a reality. Those blueprints jumping off the pages and now standing strong on the University of Maine Orono campus. A center that will provide innovative learning to not only students, but the community as well.
Dozens gathered at the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center Thursday night to take part in the dedication and opening ceremony of the new wing.
"It's the new addition to the University of Maine's development in working with students, but also for us working with businesses and community members in Penobscot county and all over the state," Owen Smith, director of the center, says.
The center is home to research labs, audio recording studios, fabrication labs and so much more, and the best part is it's open to the community as well!
"We'll be doing a whole series of events, whether they be live performance types of events, workshops, and other things that will be open to people all around the state," Smith explains.
However, it's used on a daily basis by students, those who are taking advantage of every aspect.
"They are hitting the ground running," Larry Latour, Chair of the New Media Department on campus, says. "They're in class, actively learning, actively working with other students. These rooms and allow them to do so."
"It gives students a great opportunity and access to equipment that's pretty much available no where else in the state, let alone anywhere close in New England probably," Neil Shelley, a graduate assistant at the center, says.
This center looking to put UMaine on the map for one of the best communication and art schools in the country.
"This is the future," Latour states.