Sadler construction set to finish by July

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    The current construction on the second floor of Sadler Hall has displaced all of the offices on that level, but crews are on track to finish the construction in late July.

    Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Leo Munson said the offices of Development, Academic Affairs and University Advancement were the last to move out of the building for construction.

    University Advancement and Academic Affairs are in temporary locations in the Rickel Building and Scharbauer Hall, respectively.

    Munson said people in the building now describe it by levels instead of floors, calling the basement the first level and so on to the fourth level, which was formerly the third floor.

    Nancy Petruso, associate vice chancellor and chief of staff for University Advancement, said she likes being in her temporary location in the Rickel Building because of the amount of students who pass by her office there compared to the amount she saw in Sadler.

    The Office of University Advancement has had a problem with individual offices within the department being scattered around campus. Petruso said the finished third level of Sadler Hall will bring the organization together in one location.

    Petruso was one of the few who had to move twice, going from the third floor of Sadler Hall to the second floor and then to the Rickel Building. Even with the extra experience in moving, she said it was still a challenging process.

    "I'd been in the same office for 10 or 11 years, so I had accumulated a lot of files and a lot of things that I really had put off going through," she said. "It's more than just throwing things in boxes; you have to really go through all your files and organize them and decide what's important to keep and what you can toss."

    Petruso said it should be easier to move back into Sadler Hall because she left some of her boxes packed.

    "You get smarter about it each time you do it," she said.

    Those working in the Campus Life office are already settling into their new space in Sadler Hall, taking over the area the Office of Admission left vacant on the second level.

    Although everyone from Campus Life is in the new area, Dean of Campus Life Susan Adams said the process of moving back into the building is not finished. She said the Campus Life office did not have many problems with moving in or out of Sadler Hall, and the Physical Plant and moving crew helped them move in to the new offices.

    "We're just doing what we can so we can continue to function on a daily basis," she said. "People are settled in their offices because we are not closed to move."

    The Campus Life office is also near other offices such as Scholarship and Financial Aid, she said. Campus Life works together with those other offices to help students with their questions or concerns.

    The office still needs to get student artwork on the walls of their new space, Adams said.

    "We're working with [the] Fine Arts [department] to be able to do that," she said. "We think that's very appropriate for the Campus Life office."

    The Campus Life office will put student artwork on the walls of a room specific to their area. The new offices include a private room for anyone who comes into the office upset, Adams said.

    "They don't want to sit out there and cry; it's embarrassing," she said. "[It is] just a place where they can [take deep breaths]."

    Adams said she liked the larger space because it makes people feel less crowded. It also helps people feel welcomed while having privacy and confidentiality, she added.

    "[It is] much improved, and we're very pleased," she said.

    Munson said he thought the moves had gone well and said the displacement was not much of a problem. The segmentation and distance between the offices is a bigger problem, but he said technology helps the situation.

    "In the age of computers and cell phones and telephones, [the segmentation is] just a change of environment rather than a loss of work ethic or anything like that," he said.