October 18 Day 589: Grand Reopening

I am excited to return to the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) of the University of Washington Tacoma for the first time in a very long time, quite possibly 589 days. Renovations started during the COVID closure kept the second floor of the Snoqualmie building off-limits until today. I held my very first in-person drop-in hours in the TLC since March 2020.

Previously shared with Writing, the second floor is now fully dedicated to the Quantitative Center. The “back-of-house space” has been opened up and that is where I am sitting for drop-in hours (aka office hours except I’m not in my office.)

This used to be the “back-of-house” and now it serves as the place for students to meet faculty for drop-in hours.

I’m worried there are not enough electrical outlets for charging computers and tablets while working together with students. But it is only the first day. I remember portable power stations from before. Maybe they just haven’t been returned to their place yet. It’s still early. There is time.

I have missed this space. I have missed the people in this space. As an urban-serving commuter campus, the TLC served as a hub of collaboration and community—exactly what we have been missing for so long. Now is the time to rebuild that community. It is good to be back.

A 360 degree tour. (No sound except my breathing.)

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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