6A - The Michigan Daily - September 3, 1996
Engler, Duderstadt open technological gateway r
By Jennifer Harvey and Katie Wang
)ily Staff Repoiers
Governor John Engler was greeted by then-
President James Duderstadt as he arrived at the
dedication of the Media Union on North Carm
pus on June 21.
At the ceremony, the University officially
dedicated its newest building, the Media Union.
Engler joined outgoing University President
James Duderstadt and members of the Univer-
sity community to christen the technologically
"The Media Union adds another world-class
dimension to this already world-class Universi-
ty," Engler said. "It's a building that bets on the
creativity of man and woman. It's a testimony to
vision and confidence about the 21st century."
The building is hoine to a virtual-reality labo-
ratory, an online library and interactive multime-
dia cLssrooms, among other high-tech resources.
"We're dedicating a laboratory for the future
of education itself' Duderstadt said. "It will
enable this University to serve the people in the
University by the powerful tools of technology."
Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and
Information Technology Douglas Van Houwel-
ing, Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor), Art
Dean Allen Samuels, and Music and Engineering
sophomore Erik Gottesman also spoke at the
Engler praised Duderstadt for his work in
preparing the University for the challenges of
the next century.
"You have positioned the University well for
the 21st century," Engler said to Duderstadt.
"Your legacy will dwell into the 21st century."
Duderstadt is now supervising the Virtual
University project, which Engler announced
earlier this year. The project, headquartered at
the Media Unionis a collaboration of the state's
higher education institutions to offer training
and education programs to the automotive
industry through the Internet.
Engler said innovations like the Media Union
will foster equality in education. He said the
building "is all about potential, driving people
to reach further and strive harder."
"Technology is a great leap forward for a child
to be the best," Engler said in an interview with
The Michigan Daily. "Every child, regardless of
where he lives has that opportunity to have access
to education through this technology."
The governor said he wants the state of
Michigan to "seek nothing less than the best in
the world" in terms of education.
Engler said the way of looking at education
needs to be transformed, utilizing new tech-
nologies. "We have to ask ourselves, 'What
does it take to be excellent?"'
Engler said he envisions the state as a world
leader in education. "We can take our assets, the
talents of our faculty and leaders, and make
them available globally," he said.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Engler
took a tour of the building and tested some of
the services the facility offers.
Construction for the Media Union began in
1994, drawing the funding for most of its $40
million price tag from the state.
By September, the Media Union is expected
to boast more than 500 computing stations to
accompany its other technological assets.
Camp CAEN student John Coggenshall gave Gov. John
Engler and Interim President Homer Neal a hands-on
demonstration at the Media Union on July 31.
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