first_img 10Old room keys form a collage, which was inspired by Quincy House Master Deb Gehrke. The collage is on display in the House. After 15 months of construction and renovation, Old Quincy House is ready to welcome back students for the 2013-14 academic year.A first look at the recently completed “test project” in the House renewal initiative revealed a restored exterior, and an interior that has been fundamentally reconfigured to meet the changing needs of students and the rapidly shifting world in which they are learning.Beyond the physical improvements, the renewal of Old Quincy will enhance the interactions of the students, faculty, and tutors living there while reinvigorating House life, which is one of the most important aspects of learning at Harvard.“This is absolutely fantastic,” said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who led a sneak peek tour of Old Quincy today. “This space is incredibly comfortable, and it really draws you in. But if you look at the hallways, the rooms, it still has the feel of a typical Harvard House.”The highlight of the tour was the new, state-of-the-art “smart classroom.”  Situated in what was formerly basement storage space, the classroom is complete with video screens, tablets, mondo pads, cameras, and additional cutting-edge technology, as well as movable desks to encourage collaboration. Six Harvard faculty members will teach courses in the classroom this year.“The smart classroom is one of the best examples of how we deliberately reconfigured previously unused space to bolster the learning that happens in the House,” Smith said.New room configurations led to the creation of new study nooks and common spaces. The traditional vertical entries have been preserved, but new horizontal corridors allow tutors to have a closer connection to the students in their charge.All the wiring and plumbing infrastructure has been updated, and new spaces for meeting, studying, and musical performances have been created in the lower level. A new, fully furnished terrace lounge will provide a comfortable place to watch the big game, and opens to an outdoor patio.In keeping with Harvard’s commitment to sustainability, the renewal of Old Quincy was completed with a focus on preservation and energy efficiency. Better-insulated walls and windows will significantly cut the energy used to heat the building, and a water-retention tank will help to reduce waste by recycling rainwater for use in irrigation systems and toilets.“I am very excited to see how the students take over this space, use it, and make it their own,” Smith said.— Colin Manning, FAS Communications 8Interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister (left), KieranTimberlake architect Stephen Kieran, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith inspect a student room. 2Deb Gehrke, Quincy House Master, shows House memorabilia outside a “smart classroom” as Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith and architect Stephen Kieran (far left) look on during a tour of the newly renovated Old Quincy House. 5Robert Doyle, associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, demonstrates the features of a smart classroom as FAS Dean Michael D. Smith looks on. 3Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith (center, seated) and interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister (right, standing) are pictured in the new lower-level multipurpose room. 7A view of the terrace that connects to the new multipurpose room at the renovated Old Quincy House. center_img 11Interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith in the newly created terrace at Old Quincy House. 4Architect Stephen Kieran from the firm KieranTimberlake, Quincy House Master Lee Gehrke, and Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister are seen in the new outdoor terrace. 9Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith and Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister in newly created study alcove. 6Quincy House Master Deb Gehrke shows off a study alcove outside a smart classroom to Donald Pfister, interim dean of Harvard College, and Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. 1The exterior of the newly renovated Old Quincy House. The two large trees in the foreground were preserved throughout 15 months of construction.last_img read more

first_imgNettie R. Bockover, 89, Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at her residence.Born, December 14, 1926 Breathitt County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Beckham Miller and Mabel (Clemons) Fassold.Nettie was a retired custodian from the Greensburg Junior High School.She was a member of the First Baptist Church.She was married to Asa L. Bockover on February 9, 1946 and he preceded her in death on September 22, 2008.She is survived by one son, Richard (Dale) Bockover, Rockford, Il.; one daughter Rhonda (Steve) Schmeltz, Greensburg; one half sister, Carol Adams, Greenwood; two grandchildren, Brian (Sara) Bockover, Rachel (Joseph) Buck and 1 great grandchild, Elaine Bockover.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; two brothers, Clyde Miller, Albert Miller; two half brothers, Lewis Ryan, Huey Fassold.Visitation will be from 11:00-1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg with Rev. Donald Buck officiating.Interment will be held in the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Greensburg Meals on Wheels.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skerritt wants to involve more former West Indies players in the process of recreating world-beating teams but believes there is a part of that process being neglected.According to Skerritt, the gap between first-class cricket in the region and international cricket is too great and that may be where past players would best serve.Speaking on the ‘Good Morning Jojo Sports Show recently, Skerritt said, “The legends in their own home bases, it would be great if they could do more.Some of them would tell you that, “well, I have been living here for so many years and the cricket association president or whoever has never asked me to do anything, so people tend to sit back and wait to be asked because of bad experiences in the past or whatever”.It is the opinion of many who have an interest in seeing West Indies cricket develop, that those who have contributed to the sport as players are being sidelined and their various experiences are going to waste.Skerritt says his administration has actively been trying to change that.“I can tell you that more of our former players have been engaged since I have been president and maybe some of them feel like they haven’t been engaged enough and I have no doubt they could be engaged more,” he said. “ … but the people who really operate across the region and for whatever reasons that gap is just too huge,” said the CWI president. (Sportsmax)last_img read more