The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 31, 1972, Page PAGE 4, Image 4

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of their own
The inscription on the building still
reads "Avery Laboratory of Chemistry,"
but the remodeled structure at the
southeast corner of Memorial Stadium is
the new home of the School of
Journalism and the Department of
The School of Journalism occupies the
first and second floors of the building and
part of the basement. Formerly located irt
the east half of the third floor of
Nebraska Hall, the School of Journalism
now has nearly tiwce as much space as
before, according to R. Neale Copple,
In allocating space in the new quarters,
the J-School built in a professional
environment, Copple said. Instead of
conventional classrooms, professional
teaching areas were designed.
"For the reporting and editing classes,
there's a newsroom that very much
resembles the newsroom of a large daily
newspaper," he said. Professional
facilities were designed for 'broadcasting
students, too.
Another feature of the new quarters is
space provided for students working on
independent projects in all areas.
"In the new reading room, we're going
to establish something like a hall of fame
with money from the Jack Lowe
Community Journalism Fund to honor
distinguished newspaper journalists in
Nebraska," Copple said.
In the past six years, the number of
journalism majors has doubled, accoiding
to Copple. Currently, there are about 600
majors, including some 200 freshmen
who do not take journalism courses. The
school has 11 full-time faculty members
and 1 1 more part-time faculty members.
The third floor of Avery Hall is
headquarters for the geography
Teaching geography relies on using
maps, and the new classrooms make it
possible to do that better, according to
Robert H. Stoddard, associate professor
of geography. The department formerly
was housed in Burnett Hall.
"Other than better facilities for map
display in actual teaching, we'll also have
greater facilities for making maps,"
Stoddard said.
The department plans to offer
cartographic services to anyone in the
University who needs to have a map
Stoddard said the department will be
doing more work on aerial photo
interpretation and use of computer
graphics in making maps. The department
also supervises the University map library,
located in the basement of Avery.
The department has about 30 majors
and 8 faculty members.
According to statistics compiled by
Jack Budler, University architect, the
$750,000 Avery renovation averages
about $14 per square foot. New non-lab
buildings cost about $40 per square foot,
and new lab buildings may cost as much
as $60 per square foot.
Top left, Merlin Lawion, assistant
professor of geography, demonstrate the
geography department's map-making
equipment. Top right, Bob Waddell,
journalism student assistant, packs
supplies for shipment to Avery. Center,
moving day. Bottom left, en larger s await
move to new photography darkroom.
Bottom right, folding walls make (pace
Photos by Mike Gettlno
JULY 31. 1972