University Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Digital Liberal Arts Lab

Associate Dean Wartyna Davis and the The Digital Liberal Arts Lab Committee cut the ribbon.

William Paterson University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences launched its Digital Liberal Arts Collaboratory on Thursday, December 6, with a ribbon-cutting and open house.

“Tech savvy graduates get jobs,” Wartyna Davis, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said. “Students with degrees from the humanities and social sciences have knowledge and critical thinking skills that, when combined with digital technology skills, provide an advantage in the job market. The lab will expose students to interesting and innovative ways to engage with their subject matter and gain skills that will give them that advantage.”

John Muccigrosso, PhD, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs of Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif., and a digital humanities scholar, delivered the keynote address, which was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house to explore the facilities

The Digital Liberal Arts Lab is a collaborative laboratory that provides space, equipment and support for digital projects. The lab will be used by faculty and students to augment technical skills and critical literacies, develop collaborative projects within and across disciplines, facilitate research and invigorate classes. Features of the lab include 3D scanners and printers, software for developing two- and three-dimensional video games and computer simulations, access to Geographic Information System (GIS) and cartography software, software to enhance accuracy and creativity in writing, digital speech analysis, reference management for papers and research, as well as web design and desktop publishing.