College Dedicates State-of-the-Art Rinker Technology Center
Mr. John J. Rinker, president of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Foundation
Interior of Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Technology Center
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LAKELAND (March 19, 2010) On the same day it celebrated the College's history, Florida Southern looked toward the future by dedicating the state-of-the-art Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Technology Center.
Located in the heart of the campus, the 4,000-square-foot Ingraham Avenue building will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The building features the College's main student computer laboratory; a seminar room wired with the latest technology; a cyber lounge; and work spaces for the Center's staff. The seminar room will feature tables and chairs and is equipped with a touch-screen operating system, projector, electric screen, DVD/VHS player, and sound system.
"The Rinker Technology Center will serve as the nucleus for independent learning on our campus, providing all students with the latest technology for individual, group, and classroom opportunities as they use a variety of state-of-the-art software, hardware, and Internet materials to develop programs and presentations for their classes and extracurricular projects," said Dr. Anne Kerr, president of FSC.
The Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Foundation of West Palm Beach, Fla., contributed $1.5 million to fund the facility, which was designed by Michael Murphey, vice president of Wallis Murphey Boyington Architects of Lakeland. The Rinker Center was built by Folsom Construction of Lakeland.
John Rinker, president of the Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Foundation, and his wife, Sheila, vice president of the Foundation, were on hand for the dedication. Mr. Rinker said he recently had gained an appreciation for Frank Lloyd Wright and was delighted that the Rinker Technology Center was designed to include some of Mr. Wright's elements. "The glue that holds this campus together is the Frank Lloyd Wright flavor that is woven throughout," he said.
Mr. Rinker said FSC had an edge in obtaining the grant for the building because it does fulfill the College's mission of preparing students to make a positive and consequential impact on society. "Just making students smarter doesn't make them better citizens," he added.