Fisher Hall Gets a Facelift and New Occupants
Fisher Science Hall has been renamed and rededicated to reflect the eclectic disciplines now housed in the building. Renovations to what is now Fisher Hall began last spring on the heels of the new science building, the Natural Sciences Center, opening on campus. The $13-million renovation project expanded the building’s size to 50,000 square feet, making room for the departments of math, English, music education, and sociology and anthropology. These departments joined the physics and psychology departments, which remained in the building after the “wet sciences”—biology, chemistry, and earth and environmental sciences—set up residence in the Natural Sciences Center.
“The Fisher Hall renovation truly seems like an addition to campus rather than repurposing an older building,” said Carl O. Moses, provost and dean of the faculty. “Its newness and the vast amount of space converted into new offices, classrooms, laboratories and student-resource spaces have an air of expansiveness and freshness.”
Moses is anxious to see how the enhancements will spur collaboration between the diverse academic programs that now call the building home. “It creates new opportunities for faculty members and students from across the spectrum of disciplines to interact,” Moses said. “What is especially exciting is how the creative energy of those cross-disciplinary interactions will affect learning and discovery at Susquehanna.”
Students also have easy access to two important resource centers that are in the same building for the first time. “The new Fisher Hall provides welcome visibility and connection to academic programs for our centers for academic achievement and career services. The staffs of those centers and the students they serve now have much-needed space tailored to their work,” Moses said.
Fisher Hall reopened with a new editing and publishing suite for English and creative writing students, as well as the Paul D. Coleman Physics Center.
A graduate of the Class of 1940, Coleman is professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he taught for 37 years. His legacy as an educator and researcher is now honored at Susquehanna, thanks to the generosity and determination of his son, Peter, who rallied support for the center from family, friends and former students to mark Coleman’s 90th birthday in May 2008.
The original Fisher Science Hall first opened in 1964. It was named for George E. Fisher, a professor of natural science, in 1981. The building underwent its first renovation in 1990.
Contributing writers to the People & Places section are Karen M. Jones, assistant director of media relations; and Megan McDermott ’14, a creative writing and religion major from Lewisberry, Pa.