FLORENCE---A new high-tech computer laboratory in Rogers Library at Francis Marion University was dedicated Thursday (Feb. 27).
Named Progress Energy Technology Center, the computer lab provides state-of-the-art resources for student use.
The lab was established through an $80,000 gift to the library from the Progress Energy Foundation as part of a $160,000 contribution made by Progress Energy (formerly CP&L) to FMU’s Campaign for Excellence. This $160,000 investment also established an endowed chair in public service named for state Senator Hugh K. Leatherman Sr., two endowed academic scholarships, and support for the Program for Young Scholars.
Emerson F. Gower Jr., vice president of the southern region for Progress Energy, participated in the dedication ceremony along with FMU Provost Richard Chapman and Paul Dove, dean of Rogers Library.
“Rogers Library is not only an asset to the FMU community but serves as a valuable resource for individual citizens, businesses and industries for the entire region,” said Gower. “We are pleased that Progress Energy could help with the expansion of its technological service.”
“This new computer lab will greatly enhance the academic performance of students who need access to this technology while working in the library,” said Chapman. “We are grateful to Progress Energy for helping us meet this need.”
Dove said the funds were used to purchase 17 computer workstations, two laser printers, a scanner, tables and chairs. The computers are fully loaded with a wide range of software and Internet access for student use.
Located on the main floor of the library, the Progress Energy Technology Center provides computer access for many students who did not have that opportunity before. The computer lab will be open 88 hours per week, the same hours the library is open.
Dove said that students could now use the library’s technology lab to work on class projects and term papers, develop spreadsheets, create computer disks or conduct research. Improving the library’s technology will allow patrons from both the campus and the community to make the most of the library’s resources, he said.
Rogers Library is the largest library in northeastern South Carolina and is continually increasing its holdings through an array of electronic and digital resources. The library holdings include more than 380,000 volumes, 490,000 microforms and access to more than 5,000 full-text journals and 40 electronic databases to obtain information from almost anywhere.
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