The Office of the Dean of the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences is packing and labeling boxes this week, preparing to move to Owen Hall, just steps north of its current home in Kirkwood Hall.
The College’s administrative offices will close Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. and remain closed through Monday, March 18, enabling the College to transition into Owen Hall.
The College will resume regular hours of business on Tuesday, March 19 at 9 a.m.
No classes will be disrupted during the transition; however, administrative services related to undergraduate academic affairs will be suspended during the shutdown. To minimize the disruption of student services, the major portion of the move will take place over spring break.
The dean’s office, including advancement, budget, enrollment management, human resources, graduate education, the recorder’s office and undergraduate academic affairs will be relocated in Owen Hall. The Office of Advancement, including the offices of Development and Alumni Relations, as well as the Office of Communications and Marketing, will move from the Von Lee building to Owen Hall during the scheduled transition.
Over the summer, the College Information Technology Office will transition to Weatherly Hall, which will be undergoing renovations and technology upgrades before the move.
“I am delighted to see the administrative offices of the College of Arts and Sciences united in historic Owen Hall,” said Larry Singell, executive dean of the College. “We are grateful to President Michael McRobbie, Provost Lauren Robel and Vice President Tom Morrison for making it possible for the College to accomplish this renovation and move.
“This is a symbolic move as well as a physical one, which places the College in a storied building that represents nearly 200 years of liberal arts and sciences at Indiana University. We look forward to opening our doors to students and hope that Owen Hall will be a welcoming place that symbolizes and recognizes their achievements as part of the College’s longstanding tradition. And, it is an honor to carry out our work in a building that still houses the office of former President Herman Wells, who reminds us of the importance of our mission to offer the world to our students through education.”
Owen Hall and nearby Wylie Hall, both built in 1884, were the first IU buildings to be erected on the present-day campus. Owen Hall, named for Richard Owen (1810-1890), an IU professor of geology, was originally home to the natural sciences on the Bloomington campus. In subsequent years the building housed other liberal arts disciplines. Owen Hall was occupied by Herman B Wells (1902-2000) during the years he served as IU Bloomington’s chancellor. His office has been preserved in honor of his service and strong commitment to Indiana University.
The move is one step in the implementation of a 2010 IU Bloomington campus master plan calling for the repurposing and refurbishing of buildings in the historic Old Crescent. The Old Crescent includes buildings constructed as early as 1884 and includes Franklin Hall, the Student Building, Maxwell Hall, Owen Hall, Wylie Hall, Kirkwood Hall, Lindley Hall, Swain East and West and Rawles Hall.
The new business address of the College of Arts and Sciences is Owen Hall, 790 E. Kirkwood, Bloomington, IN, 47405-710. http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/23925.html