RUTHERFORD, N.J. — An antiquated, unusable library on Felician College's Rutherford campus was rechristened the Education Commons yesterday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"This was a vision when our new president, Dr. Anne Prisco, came here," said Susan Bernarducci, the college's communications and donor relations manager. "She wanted a place for students to gather and learn."
The 32,000-square-foot building needed an extensive overhaul after Felician bought the campus from Fairleigh Dickinson University more than a decade ago.
It sat empty, however, until the college received $4.375 million in funding from the New Jersey Building Our Future Bond Act toward the total $11 million price tag.
Education Commons houses new high-tech classrooms, an e-library, student study space, and the new Nursing Resource and Simulation Center.
The center resembles a hospital nursing unit with a nursing station and acute care area, which replicates the actual hospital experience while removing the danger of medical mistakes.
There is a large, open student study area and nine small group study rooms -- and, of course, state-of-the-art computers and equipment.
The library is equipped with 50 computer work stations and access to more than 100,000 ebooks, 145 databases, and 20,000 online journals.
"This is great for our students to have with all of the high technology and space," Bernarducci said. "We didn't really have that before."