History department finds new home

‘History House’ inaccessible by foot

By on September 7, 2011
Marcus Harun/Chronicle

Marcus Harun/Chronicle

Need to visit the history department? Just drive about three-fourths of a mile down Mt. Carmel Avenue to the green house with the dirt pile in front.

The Quinnipiac history department has been moved a mile away from main campus on Mt. Carmel Avenue to the new “History House” to accommodate newly hired faculty members, Chairman of the History Department David Valone said.

The building is not accessible to students unless they have a car, Valone said in an email to history students and faculty last Thursday.

“That section of Mt. Carmel Avenue has no sidewalks, and it is not safe to walk there,” Valone said. “Since the house is not accessible by foot … we are maintaining the office space in CAS 3, #314 as a ‘common office’ for all the history faculty located in the Mount Carmel office.”

However, students can make arrangements with security to get a ride to the new building.

“Students who call security and request that the shuttle service bring them to the faculty offices at 554 Mount Carmel Avenue will be transported there,” John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, said. “The shuttle service will not stop [there] as part of its regular route.”

The offices are now in a green building with no external Quinnipiac signage. The building is the former dentist office of Dr. Arthur McDermott.

“After hiring more than 50 new faculty members for the 2011-2012 academic year, the university has been working to identify office space for the new faculty,” Morgan said. “During this process, six members of the history department and two business professors were assigned faculty office space at 554 Mount Carmel Avenue.”

Visiting assistant professors of management Lisa Chandler and Andrew Papadopoulos have been assigned offices alongside history faculty.

The house, located near the field hockey field, has a “seminar-style room and a study area with two smaller group study tables,” Valone said.

“The ‘History house’ … is quite nice and any history students who have access to a car are welcome to stop by there and see us, or to just come and soak in the ‘history’ feel there,” Valone said.

The house is open during business hours, but students can set up appointments to meet with professors at other times. Valone invited students to visit the house to use the study area.

The building lost power last week because of tropical storm Irene which prevented some faculty members from moving in, but power has since been restored.

Despite the move, two professors’ offices will remain in their original locations. Ron Heiferman’s office will remain upstairs in the Law School and Kathy Cooke’s office will stay in the Honors Program Space in Echlin Center 213.

Faculty office hours are posted on the door of the CAS 3 office for students trying to locate a history faculty member, Valone said.

Taylor Popielarz contributed in reporting to this story.

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2 Comments

  1. JoLynn Kennedy

    September 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Signage is scheduled to be installed within a week or two and landscaping will be complete once the exterior work to the house has been completed.

  2. Caleb Gindl

    September 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Party at the History House!