New Names and Places

Staying in tune: What’s in a name? How important is a home? Many would say: everything. Our name helps define us and we can outgrow a name. The right home can make a huge difference in whether we are happy and prosper, or not. Some of our units found themselves in need of name/place adjustments.

New Department Names
New Locations
New Buildings and Renovations


New Department Names

Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy

Art Education has a new name: the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, a change that better represents the courses, scholarship, and practices to educate art teachers, arts administrators, and arts policy makers. The department, now housed in temporary quarters in Ohio Stadium, will move into its permanent home in the renovated Sullivant Hall in autumn 2013.

Department of Classics

The Department of Greek and Latin has been renamed the Department of Classics. This new name gives a more accurate description of the academic unit as one where the study of ancient languages provides access to the broader area of Greco-Roman antiquity.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry combines two formerly separate, strong departments: Chemistry and Biochemistry. Together they form a powerful new research and teaching department that can provide opportunities for students and facilitate important cross-disciplinary collaborations among faculty. 


New Locations

Department of History of Art moves to Pomerene Hall

The Department of History of Art moved into newly renovated space on the second and third floors of Pomerene Hall, a towering stone and brick structure built in the early 20th century overlooking Mirror Lake.

Music/Dance Library Moves to Science and Engineering Library

A leading collection of 170,000 books and scores and 35,000 CDs and videos, has moved to a new permanent home in the Science and Engineering Library.


New Buildings and Renovations

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC)

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building (CBEC) is slated for completion in 2014. The 235,000 square-foot building, located in the heart of Ohio State’s science and engineering neighborhood, will accommodate 42 faculty members and their research teams in spaces designed to promote comprehensive, interdisciplinary research at the interface of chemical science and engineering.

CBEC during the daytime.

Planetarium Re-opens in 2013

When Ohio State’s Planetarium re-opens in January 2013, it will be a true 21st century facility, providing incredible star shows made possible by its new Spitz SciDome XD, the latest in digital projection technology. The XD uses two projectors to display 2560x2560 (that's over 6.5 million) pixels onto the planetarium dome. Ohio State’s Planetarium is one of only four institutions in the nation to install this state-of-the-art equipment. Visitors will be able to see the night sky from anywhere on Earth, planetary surfaces and the solar system, the latest images and movies from NASA spacecraft, plus how the skies looked millions of years ago and will look millions of years in the future. 

Sullivant Hall Re-Opens in 2013

Sullivant Hall is undergoing a major transformation to create more visibility and better spaces for students. Along with its current resident, the Department of Dance, it will provide homes to the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, and the new Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.

Hopkins Hall

Hopkins Hall is receiving an extensive two-year, two-phase renovation expected to be completed this fall. The brick exterior of the 52-year-old building has been replaced with walls of glass; the inside reconfigured to create effective, brightly lit space for artists--all with a nod to sustainability and energy efficiency. The self-supporting glass “curtain walls” that encase two entire facades of the building provide an abundance of natural light indoors. Hopkins Hall is going green and is seeking a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

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