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Loftsgard 116 Remodel Creates Flexible, Well-Used Learning Space

The remodeling of Room 116 in Loftsgard Hall is complete and the laboratory classroom has been busy since the first day of the fall 2016 semester. The classroom has ample space and state-of-the-art facilities for students in introductory Plant Sciences laboratory classes.
 
 

February 2, 2017

The remodeling of Room 116 in Loftsgard Hall is complete and the laboratory classroom has been busy since the first day of the fall 2016 semester. Classes taught in the room are required for Crop and Weed Science majors and are usually at capacity with students on wait lists.

Remodeling of the laboratory classroom began in early 2016. The first classes commenced in August 2016 with 532 students in 22 laboratory sections. The current spring semester has 547 students in 23 laboratory sections, which is a seven percent increase from the 2015 spring semester enrollment. The new classroom space allows for 36 students in each laboratory section.

Laboratory classes taking place in Room 116 in spring semester 2017 are World Food Crops (PLSC110) taught by Rebekah Oliver and Brenda Deckard; Weed Identification (PLSC215) taught by Greta Gramig; Principles of Crop Production (PLSC225) taught by Burton Johnson; Genetics (PLSC315) taught by Michael Christoffers; Principles of Forage Production (PLSC320) taught by Marisol Berti; and Principles of Weed Science (PLSC323) taught by Kirk Howatt.

The classroom has access to a state-of-the-art growth room, ample storage for laboratory equipment and educational materials such as dried plants and mounts, dual projection screens, convenient white boards, ceiling mounted extension cords, movable desks, easy clean floors and soil traps in sinks for easy cleanup.

Johnson says he really likes teaching in the new space. “Activities in the former classroom were crowded and class size had to be limited,” he said. His class has increased by more than 20 students from 2015 because he can allow more students to register for lab sections.

Classroom activities during the second week of the spring semester included germination tests in Principles of Crop Production, microscopic examination of growing plant tissue in Genetics, crop identification in World Food Crops and weed identification in Principles of Weed Science.

Room 116 formerly housed research growth chambers, which are now located in the Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse. Pictures documenting the remodeling process can be viewed in a Facebook Photo Album at http://bit.ly/2kolh8i.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard (karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu, 701-231-5384)
Editor: Kamie Beeson (kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu, 701-231-7123)

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