October 15, 2017

Say ‘hello’ to the Joan Heckler Gillings Auditorium!

Thanks to a generous gift from Joan Gillings, longtime friend and benefactor of the School, our outdated Rosenau Hall auditorium is reborn!

On May 3, close friends of Ms. Gillings and the School gathered at the auditorium for a ribbon-cutting and reception to celebrate the new venue, a mixed-use room that features cutting-edge technology and allows for flexible arrangement of seating and work space.

“We are extremely grateful to Joan Gillings for turning our outmoded auditorium into a technologically state-of-the-art, vibrant, 21st-century space in which our faculty want to teach, where we want to hold events and where our students are exuberant about learning,” said Dean Barbara K. Rimer. “We so appreciate Joan’s devotion to our space and our students – and her generosity in allowing us to create a space filled with light, color and magnificent possibilities.”

“I was delighted to be a part of the renovation project,” Gillings said. “I enjoyed seeing the progress along the way – and the completed project is amazing.”

Kathy Anderson, PhD, associate dean for information technology and project planning, conducted a short demonstration of the technological improvements.

“The Joan Heckler Gillings Auditorium has been designed to support active learning, from floor to ceiling and wall to wall,” Anderson said. “Advanced ceiling audio and remote conferencing systems make it easier for students to collaborate within and outside the room, and movable seats and wireless presentation panels give small groups an easy way to gather and share their work.”

“For many years, I’ve been proud of the transformational work being done at the Gillings School,” Gillings said. “My hope is that the new auditorium will provide a space for innovative study and collaboration for years to come.”

For information on ways to support facilities at the Gillings School, please contact the School’s advancement office at (919) 966-0198 or giving.sph@unc.edu.

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