Delgado christens new learning center

By Stephen Salopek

Thames center

Friday, Sept. 18 was the official unveiling of the Marvin E. Thames Learning Resource Center on campus. The 60,000 square foot facility stands in place of the original Moss Memorial library, destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, and was built with a $14 million budget from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In addition to housing the new Moss Memorial library, which will serve as the hub of Delgado’s multi-campus library network, the Resource Center boasts six private group study labs, individual study suites, a large computer lab equipped with printers, a reference office, and administrative offices. “This is a state-of-the-art facility offering state-of-the-art services to our students, who deserve nothing less,” said Chancellor Joan Davis after the ribbon-cutting, “this has been such a long-time coming and everyone has been so patient, I’m just glad to be able to see it come to fruition.”

The Center was named in honor of the late Delgado President Marvin E. Thames Sr., who served Delgado for 30 years in various roles throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. The new Moss Memorial honors Eleonora Moss, a philanthropist and close friend of Isaac Delgado, who paid for the school’s first library.

Right now the Thames Center is waiting to be filled with the books, gadgets and people that will make it awesome, but the facilities should be fully operational as early as next semester. For Curriculum/Program Development Director Tim Stamm this can’t come quickly enough. “This is just the beginning” he said, addressing the success of the enormous project, “to see this place filled with students, to see them growing and learning to succeed themselves, that will be the real success.”

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