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CAUTHEN EDUCATIONAL MEDIA CENTER (CEMC)
The Department of Psychology resides in the Media Center (CEMC), a bright building in the heart of the campus near the breezeway and behind the campus fountain. The psychology department is spread out over two floors. On the main floor is the psychology office with eight faculty offices, the front reception area, and the administrative associate. Just down the hall is Lowrimore auditorium, where the introductory lecture classes are held. This newly remodeled, state-of-the-art facility is a perfect home for the only large, lecture class in the department. All seats have an excellent view of the screen and are comfortable and roomy. The room boasts excellent acoustics and an impressive sound system. We also have a comfortable lounge for graduate students on the first floor; this space is located adjacent to the main psychology office.
Upstairs we have three more faculty offices, the computer lab, and the office of our psychology lab manager, who keeps track of the roughly 70 computers and assorted printers, projectors, and other peripherals. Most of our classes are held on the second floor, and all of these classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards and projectors. Introductory students take a laboratory class, Psy 216, which meets in the upstairs seminar room and lab area. The PSY 216 lab features ten computers.
In another classroom, the Statistics Lab, we have 20 computers specially loaded with statistical software (such as SPSS) in addition to regular office and internet applications. This Statistics Lab also has a SmartBoard, Internet connections, and a printer. All statistics courses are taught here, allowing students to practice hands-on the techniques learned in their theory courses. In addition, advanced research design and methods classes meet here to develop and implement empirical, research projects. The second floor also houses research laboratories for Dr. Hardy, Dr. Herzog, Dr. Hill-Chapman, Dr. Hughes, Dr. Murphy, and Dr. Sargent. These labs provide the facilities necessary for conducting research that leads to presentations at national and regional professional meetings and publication in academic journals. Students serve as assistants for some projects and may be lead researchers on other projects that they design.
RICHARDSON CENTER FOR THE CHILD
The Gail and Terry Richardson Center for the Child is a 15,000 square-foot facility located on a site near the Pee Dee Education Center on campus. The $3.5 million building includes a child-care wing of two infant rooms, two toddler rooms, two rooms for the three- and four-year-olds, and two rooms for four- and five-year-olds; an office area for psychology and education faculty members; a central lobby and library that functions as a family waiting area; observation and assessment rooms; and an outdoor play area.
The observation and assessment rooms are used for assessment, intervention, research, and graduate training by both School Psychology and Clinical/Counseling Psychology faculty. The clinic rooms house equipment that allows us to record interview sessions to DVD. Professors can watch from behind a two-way mirror and provide live supervision via “bug-in-the-ear” technology that permits faculty to communicate with students during interviews.
In addition, the Center houses two classrooms. The classrooms have two-way mirrors that allow students to unobtrusively observe the 4-year-old childcare rooms. Classes in Psychology, Education, and Nursing often meet at the Center. In addition, students in Child Development (PSY 315) may be required to accrue experience at the Center as part of their course requirements.
In addition to these departmental facilities, students also have full access to campus amenities. To name a few, these resources include:
- the Smith University Center, which houses the Patriot Bookstore, an exercise facility, and an indoor lap pool
- the Grille and Ervin Dining Hall, for eating on campus
- Rogers Library, which has extensive holdings and access to numerous databases
- the Media Center computer lab, located on the first floor of CEMC