Walsh University commemorated the dedication and opening of its newest academic building, the Marlene and Joe Toot Global Learning Center on Friday, February 9, 2018. The ceremony featured remarks by Walsh University President Richard Jusseaume, Student Government President Melissa Valle, Board Chair The Honorable Judge Sara Lioi, Marlene Toot '85, and Br. Walter Zwierchowski, FIC, as well as a blessing by Monsignor Robert Siffrin, Vicar General for the Diocese of Youngstown. The Walsh University choir and band provided music for the ceremony.
After the formal dedication, Walsh welcomed the public for an open house and tour. During the open house, guests had the opportunity to explore the Center and enjoy informational tours highlighting the collaborative classrooms, new Chapel, digital labs and special features of this cutting-edge facility. The Global Learning Center officially opened for classes on January 22, 2018.
Local Media Coverage of the Global Learning Center:
- Canton Repository, Feb. 6 - "Tour Walsh's Global Learning Center Friday"
- Cleveland.com, Feb. 6 - "Walsh to Unveil $11.4M Marlene and Joe Toot Global Learning Center"
The building was designed to provide spaces where students of all disciplines can study, learn and grow, with an emphasis on digital literacy and collaboration. The new building was funded by donor contributions to Walsh’s We Believe Campaign. Launched in 2012 and concluding this past December, the largest capital campaign in Walsh history exceeded all goals and raised nearly $32 million, surpassing its goal of $30 million.
The two-story, 44,000-square-foot building features complete wireless connectivity, a 16-foot Kenan Advantage Group Video Wall, Saint Teresa of Calcutta Chapel, Cavalier Café and state-of-the art labs to support growing academic areas in computer engineering, digital media, graphic design and video production. Three interdisciplinary research institutes on civic engagement, food design/sustainability and community health will also be a community asset supporting the collaboration of faculty, students and guests on issues impacting local and national communities. They are the James B. Renacci Forum and Center for Civic Engagement, the Food Design Institute and the Gary & Linda Byers Family Institute for Community Health.
As a tribute to Walsh’s founders, the Brothers of Christian Instruction, the global theme of the building mirrors the international perspective of the Brothers’ mission. Connecting Walsh’s oldest building, Farrell Hall, with its newest building, the Global Learning Center, is the pictorial Brothers of Christian Instruction Mission Walkway. Intentionally incorporated into the Center’s modern design are elements that pay homage to Walsh’s founders, including the Chapel’s Corpus/Crucifix and Statues of Mary and Joseph commissioned in Italy for the FIC Canadian Province and now permanently housed at Walsh. The Chapel’s hand-carved wooden cross was crafted by a Walsh professor from a Farrell Hall maple tree that was originally planted by Walsh Founder Br. Dacian Barrette more than 50 years ago. In addition, several classrooms and labs have been named for patron saints, honoring the Catholic faith of the founders and University.
Inside The Marlene and Joe Toot Global Learning Center:
- Saint Gabriel Media Center/Knowledge Bar
- James B. Renacci Forum & Center for Civic Engagement
- Food Design Institute
- The Gary & Linda Byers Family Institute for Community Health
- Cavalier Café
- Saint Teresa of Calcutta Chapel
- Camelot Music Career Readiness & Development Center
- The Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Film Editing Studio
- The Saint Maximilian Kolbe Recording Studio
- Brothers of Christian Instruction Mission Walk
- Design Thinking Classroom
- Belden Family Patio
- Kenan Advantage Group Video Wall
- Hyland Software Computer Engineering Lab
- Mother Angelica Video Production Lab
- Digital Classrooms (4)
- Graphic Design Lab