February 22, 2003

Construction To Begin on Tatkon Center

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This coming March, Cornell will begin construction on North Campus of the Carol Tatkon Center whose purpose will be facilitating first-year activities and opportunities.

The center will be located in the South Wing of Balch Hall. This location’s proximity to Central Campus is meant to “build a bridge, both physically and metaphorically” between the academic life of Central Campus and the residential freshman life of North Campus, according to the project’s planners.

The goal of the Tatkon Center is to create a comfortable environment that will help bring students and faculty together and expand opportunities for first-year students.

The center will contain three classrooms to hold academic gatherings for small student groups, such as writing seminars and course sections, supplementary courses or prelim review sessions. The center will also serve as a place for students to meet with faculty mentors or their faculty advisors.

“We think it will have a gallery that will feature student art. There will be a really neat caf