The $5.5 million, two-year renovation of Hood College’s Tatem Arts Center is complete. The project added office space and several state-of-the-art classrooms.
Price Auditorium and the attic were reconfigured to add an extra 7,000 square feet of space to the building. The psychology and counseling programs have moved to the third floor, and the moot courtroom has been constructed for the law and criminal justice program. A new, handicapped-accessible entrance and an elevator have been added to the east side of the building.
“The renovations to this building have expanded its use to accommodate several different academic programs,” said Debbie Ricker, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are so excited to be able to offer the new features of this facility to our students and faculty.”
The addition of the moot courtroom follows the College’s addition of the Department of Law and Criminal Justice. It is a continuation of Hood’s emphasis on experiential learning and a critical feature of the law and criminal justice major. Students prepare and deliver oral arguments, draft legal briefs and learn courtroom decorum.
“Every class held in the moot courtroom uses simulations that give students opportunities to take part in both trial and appellate advocacy by assuming the role of attorney, witness, judge or jury,” said Teresa Bean, assistant professor of law and criminal justice. “Students are actively engaged in the lesson and know they can be called on at any time to take a side or be the judge. The students in the courtroom are building on core competencies including legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, and negotiation, while also utilizing soft skills such as oral advocacy and communication skills, collaboration, and exercising sound legal judgment.”
Bean and Janis Judson, professor of political science, teach all of their classes in the courtroom. The teaching podium swivels so they can address the classroom in the gallery seating while teaching, and students can address the mock court during a jury or trial session.
“Using this state-of-the-art courtroom bridges the gap between theory and practice,” Bean said.
The financial supporters for the moot court are: Virginia Procino Hartmann ’72 and Thomas W. Hartmann; Mary Alice Peeling ’76, Esq.; Ellen S. Sacks ’70, Esq., and Henry J. Widmaier; Christina Monroe Smith ’71, Esq., and Anthony J. Smith; and Marcia Heister Wilcox ’78, Esq., and Alfred H. Wilcox.
Hartmann is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force who is currently working alongside her attorney husband, Tom, as a paralegal at the Hartmann Law Firm. Peeling is the head of outreach services at Widener University School of Law Library. Sacks is an attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York. Smith is a former attorney with Lieblich & Grimes and retired attorney of the Pentagon Army and Air Force Legal Assistance Office. Her gift was made in memory of her father, the Honorable Donald H. Monroe and her mother, Mary Kinsman Monroe, who graduated from Hood in 1947. Wilcox is a former corporate attorney and is now enjoying a second career in executive coaching through her company Halyard Coaching.
This renovation would not have been possible without the help and foresight of several members of the Hood community.
“I would like to thank Ron Volpe (president emeritus) for his leadership in beginning this project and Chuck Mann (vice president for finance and treasurer) for shepherding this project so well over the last two years,” President Andrea Chapdelaine said. “I would also like to thank Jim Thomas, director of facilities; Cale Christensen with Whiting-Turner (the construction company that renovated the building); and Natalie Brown, project manager, along with the faculty who helped guide and advise on this project to ensure we would meet our students’ needs.”
Pictured above: Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs; Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology; Roser Caminals-Heath, Ph.D., professor of Spanish; President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.; Hanna Martinez, Class of 2017; Sam Wells, vice president of Whiting-Turner and member of the Hood College Board of Trustees; Janis Judson, Ph.D., professor of political science; Michael Proffett, architect, member of the Hood College Board of Associates; Judy Sherman, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, chair of the Department of Education; Mark Friis, member of the Hood College Board of Trustees, chair of the facilities committee; Phil Berkheimer, chair of the Board of Trustees; Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology.