Miami U reopens Shriver Center, begins second phase of work

A year ago, Miami University's Shriver Center was a construction zone students had to walk around. This month, it is welcoming students back and ensuring that everyone has the access they deserve.

The office of Student Disability Services (SDS) and the Rinella Learning Center are now open, following the completion of phase one of the two-part construction project that begin in January 2016. Approximately half of the 120,000-square-foot building is available for use, including a comfortable seating area, counseling rooms, and a space that showcases artifacts and historical information about Miami and its accomplishments.
“The new location expands our space and capacity for tutoring, testing services, workshops, academic coaching and course offerings,” Rinella Director Christina Carrubba-Whetstine said.

SDS provides the resources and support needed to ensure that all students have equal access to education and employment, as well as university life. It can also assist with accommodations.
“This move is monumental for SDS, as it will bring services and resources to the heart of campus and allow for improved outreach to students, faculty and staff,” SDS Director J. Andrew Zeisler said.

The Admission Visit Center is being moved into the area that was the Haines Food Court and will showcase the Miami University experience for prospective and incoming students and parents. The first tour is scheduled for Jan. 23.

“Data show a direct correlation between the campus visit and students’ likelihood to apply for admission," Susan Schaurer, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management and director of Admission, said. "The Shriver location places our prospective students and their families in the heart of Miami’s campus.”

The second and final phase of the project is in two parts, with the first part expected to be complete in August and the second scheduled to end in May 2018.

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