HRM Director Frank
looks on while senior Margaret Doherty
Communications DepartmentRelocates To Baldwin Dorm
Hasan ResourcesFall fashions bring about newlooks. The CommunicationsDepartment also acquired its newlook for the fall of '83 as well.The Department of Com-munications is now located in thebasement
Baldwin Hall.Renovating the basement tookthree months
cost$14,000, according to RichardRagan, director of thedepartment.
New additions to the depart-
radio station,which is expected to go on the airnext fall. Ragan said the depart-ment
application withthe Federal Communication!Commission for an FM radiolicense. It will take the FCC sixmonths to approve theapplication.A radio production room isnow available to communicationsmajors.
thedepartment because it will allowstudents to do classroomassignments without interferingwith WMCY during broadcasts.A TV studio and control roomis another addition to the Com-munications Department.However,
studio will not beavailable for two years, Ragansaid* Communications majorswho are focusing their career in-terest in TV will still obtain theirtraining at Erie Cablevision.A news wire
Associated Press is another addi-tion to the department. The wirewill allow students to
becomefamiliar with the many facets thisservice has to offer, as well asenhance their awareness of hownews
change throughoutthe day.The 24 hour wire feeds news,music features, weather updates,and business reports. The wireservice will
informa-tion source of state and
news for WMCY. Three minutenews reports will be broadcast at6:00 pun. that will update the na-tional and state
well as in-clude campus news.The Merciad office,
of-fices, and Media; Services
base-ment of Baldwin;Students associated with theCommunications Departmentwere invited to attend an openhouse on Tuesday, September 6.It brought the students together
provided an opportunity to
familiar with the newfacilities as well as meet newstudents who will become af-filiated with the department, ac-cording to Ragan.
EditorAfter months of
and weeks of renovation, St.Mark's Seminary is now fullyoperational
extensionbuilding of the
Although the idea ofpossibly leasing part of St.Mark's from the CatholicDiocese of Erie originated ear-ly this year, it wasn't untilMarch that the agreement bet-ween the two parties wasrevealed.And since the college's leasedidn't officially take effect un-til July 1, work began on thefacility mid-summer.But now all the major workis done and the Music and
Managementdepartments have a new homeon E. Grandview Blvd.According
John Nesbit,Assistant to the President forInstitutional Advancement,
totalling .50,000square feet of space, are beingleased by the college at a costof approximately $80,000 peryear.
addition, Nesbit citedabout $10
into repairs made onthe facility over the summer.Renovations includedcarpeting, furniture, audio-visual equipment, andpainting.
Even with these expen-ditures, Nesbit pointed out therelative bargain of the St.Communications majors whowalked through; the basementdoors of Baldwin were impressedwith the new studios andequipment.In the midst of all the excite-ment, Ragan said,
The other faculty members ofthe department have also express-ed the same kind of enthusiasm.Richard Garcia, Communica-tions Instructor, said the depart-ment has found community iden-tity,
wasn't possible before.It has also consolidated thedepartment, he added.Senior Communications majorStephanie
communications becoming such agrowing
showing growthand Innovation in thedepartment/*Mark's acquisition as opposedto the previously proposed ad-dition onto Zurn Hall.
"We lucked out," Nesbitsaid.
could never buildanything near this quality."In fact, Nesbit continued,the estimated value of the St.Mark's facility is currently ap-praised at
opposed to the
millionwhich was the original cost ofthe building in 1957.;
new personnel tospecifically handle St. Mark's.But, Nesbit said, "probablydown the road we'll have tohire
people,; we'll approach
as the need develops."
Besides Nesbit,, all
andmusic faculty members haveoffices
St. Mark's, as well asCatherine Anderson, Mer-cyhurst Career Institute Pro-gram Coordinator; DonnaPeterson, Program Specialistfor the: MCI; and
i.Mc-Quillen, Nesbit's secretary.The
Management Association andthe Top of the Hill Club
also located there.In addition, there areclassrooms for both the musicand HRM departments, prac-tice rooms for music students,a music library, and a
ministry office where FatherChuck Schmidt, who is living
Mark's, will have
few days a week.
Also, the HRM students will
totally responsible for runn-ing the St. Mark's cafeteria,which will be
and the 23
seminarians currently studyingat St. Mark's.
Nesbit cited a "few minorproblems," such as parking,the need
phones, andsome confusion amongstudents on the opening daysof school. But, otherwise"there is nothing major thatneeds to be done/* he said.
hat it meetstheir needs," he added. "I'vehad no major
faculty, students, or theDiocese."
The Diocese is, in fact,pleased with the
inthe change, according toNesbit; the* project is seen asbeing very beneficial to bothparties.
"Mercyhurst will providethe seminarians with a host ofthings; This
includes thecultural atmosphere, an ex-panded cafeteria selection, theavailability of music selectionsin the library. They in turn,will be giving us something- a
of humility. We are in aseminary, a holy building andthere's a sense of serenity,Nesbit said.
a unique venture,he continued. "If it workswell, it could be practiced inother parts of the nation.""It's a practical way thatwill add to the seminary andnot attract from it."Scot Mangold