School of Continuing Studies Students Begin Classes Downtown, Kick Off Semester with Local Service Event
August 28, 2013 – Students in the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) began classes today at the school’s new downtown campus, located at 640 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., in the heart of Washington, D.C.
“I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the new and returning students of SCS on behalf of the whole university,” wrote Provost Robert Groves in a message to the Georgetown community. “We look forward to seeing them thrive in their new downtown home.” Bringing a Georgetown Education to the City’s Center The school’s move downtown adds more than 3,500 students, faculty, administrators and staff to the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood and expands the university’s “Georgetown Downtown” presence. Georgetown University Law Center, which is located just a few blocks away, established its current downtown campus in 1971. The campus is located in one of the most accessible areas of the city. All five Metro Rail lines, countless Metro Bus stops, the DC Circulator and more than 3,000 parking spaces are within a four-block radius.
Albert Fosu, a student in the Human Resources Management program said, “I love this venue. Everything is here – the resources, the neighborhood – and it’s so convenient.” At the new location, SCS offers the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in eight majors, more than 25 professional certificate programs, custom and corporate training and education and special programs as well as the university’s only part-time bachelor’s program.
Commitment to Service
The Saturday before classes began, 40 new students joined SCS Interim Dean Walter Rankin and staff for a day of service at two local neighbors of SCS – Central Union Mission, a faith- based nonprofit social service agency, and the Asian and Pacific Islander Senior Center, which provides seniors from the Chinatown neighborhood with literacy classes, translation services and more.
“It’s a privilege to be able to volunteer,” said Susan Zapolski, a new student in the Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. “I am grateful for Georgetown’s support and encouragement to do so in the community surrounding the new campus. The school is like a friendly neighbor who just moved in next door.” Volunteers at Central Union Mission made beds for overnight guests, helped prepare dinner in the kitchen and created handouts with inspirational Bible verses and psalms for the center's guests. Volunteers at the Asian and Pacific Islander Senior Center repaired damaged walls and re-painted the center's main activities room.
“Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation that our seniors and staff feel for the volunteers from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies,” said Kenneth So, program manager at the senior center. “The paint had been too old at the center and was not touched for years. The new room brought instant joy and excitement.” The school plans to continue to engage with the local community through learning, research and service as it establishes itself in the neighborhood.
Teaching and Learning for the 21st
SCS’s new home features more than 91,000 square feet of classroom, office and meeting space with integrated technology.
The space includes 30 classrooms, 14 group study rooms, a 130-person auditorium, digital media lab and broadcast studio, contemplative space, library, academic resource center, bookstore, café and multiple work, lounge and meeting spaces.
“I’m really impressed,” said Kaitlin Luna, a Public Relations & Corporate Communications student. “It’s wonderful to know how much SCS is investing in your programs. The space is breathtaking, and I’m really excited to continue my classes here.” Recycled, local and low volatile organic compound materials were used in the space’s construction and its furnishings. SCS also plans to implement policies for students, faculty and staff to reduce waste and the university will purchase green power credits to offset energy consumption.
The university will seek Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. --
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