Grand opening festivities were held last month for Griffin Hall, Northern Kentucky University’s new $53 million building that is now home to NKU’s College of Informatics.
The 11,000-s.f. building houses 47 “smart spaces” – areas that include features such as document cameras, blu-ray players, lecture-capture equipment and flat-panel displays with smart-tech overlays – along with more than 550 student-accessible computers, a virtualization lab, hardware lab and a convergence newsroom. It also houses four technology-enhanced conference rooms, a media control room and a large-performance studio.
The crown jewel of the facility is the George and Ellen Rieveschi Digitorium, which boasts a 120-seat flexible space that features a 15-by-25-foot digital wall comprised of 285 individual digital screens that can display a wide combination of images, videos and graphics.
NKU’s College of Informatics, which brings together the technical, creative and human elements of communication under one roof, is one of only several such programs in the country. The college offers bachelor’s degrees in business informatics, communication studies, computer information technology, computer science, electronic media and broadcasting, journalism, media informatics and public relations. Master’s degrees are offered in business informatics, communication studies, computer information technology, computer science and health informatics. The college also offers certificates in secure software engineering, corporate information security, geographical information systems and enterprise resource planning.