These days there’s no better place on campus for students to hit the books than Zimmerman Library.

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in the fall 2023 edition of Hearts Together. The official magazine of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor publishes biannually.  

Over the summer, renovations were made to the previously defunct lower level. These upgrades now give students a new and fresh study space option. The lower level comes equipped with plenty of tables, chairs, and comfortable reading nooks. This project is thanks to the generosity of donors of the university.

On the main floor, the Academic Resource Center (ARC) has claimed the multipurpose room, a former classroom, to help accommodate CUAA’s booming student population and their needs. The converted room now includes additional testing setups. Students can use it for tutoring, supplemental instruction, and peer academic coaching, as well as the Writing Center and Math Drop-in programs.

This add-on complements other recent spruces made to the ARC’s overall space, including new furniture, extra whiteboards, and a fresh coat of paint. The North Building’s ARC room also received an upgrade to allow for accommodated testing.

Honoring the care of a professor emeritus

To sweeten the deal, students who pay a visit to the ARC are now greeted with a platter-sized, never-ending candy bowl in honor of Karen Jones, professor emeritus, who passed away in May. Jones served as a math instructor from 2003 to 2019. She loved to serve students, and she especially had a heart for those who were struggling with her subject area.

She knew the power a piece of candy could hold as a “soft invite” for students. That’s why she always kept her office fully stocked with sweets. Where some people would keep a small dish on their desktop, Jones had an array of treats.

Upon Jones’ passing, her family donated all memorial gifts to Concordia’s ARC. They have also pledged to keep her candy bowl, now relocated to the entrance of the ARC, always full.

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