Pella Chronicle

Central College

January 8, 2014

Generous donors add collaborative table to the computer lab at Central College

Thanks to the generosity of the Kooiker family, the Kooiker Lab, a 24-hour computer lab in the Weller Center for Business and International Studies at Central College has been updated to accommodate a group collaboration table in addition to individual work stations.

Previously a basic 10-station computer lab, the room has been adapted to support both individual work and group collaboration. The updated space is intended to be a gathering place for students working on group projects with their laptop computers or tablets, as well as a place where they can work individually on a desktop computer.

The collaborative table has a large LCD monitor mounted at one end with one permanent computer connected to the display, but up to five portable computers or tablets can also be connected using cables accessed via cable cubbies embedded in the tabletop. Students can easily share their screens with group members seated around the table by connecting one of the cables to the laptop.

“It’s great to see Central accommodating students with new technology,” said Lori Kooiker Ellingson ‘82. “Hopefully many will benefit from renovations like this study lab. Our family is very happy to have continued the legacy that our parents and grandparents started.”

Many members of the Art and Billie Kooiker family donated the collaborative table, including Mark Ellingson ‘80 and Lori Kooiker Ellingson ‘82, Glenn Fiihr ‘72 and Rhonna Kooiker Fiihr ‘72, Sharon Kooiker Christenson ‘61, Wayne and Sue Kooiker and Nelson and Arloa Kooiker Hymans.

In addition to the table, the Kooiker family also donated electronic locks to ensure the safety of students and equipment. The electronic locks have been added to its doors near the southwest entrance to the building.

The lab has been in place since the Weller Center was built in 1999.

1
Text Only
Central College
  • Central College events

    April 14, 2014

  • Central hosts Jann Freed for De Cook Lecture Central College will present the 2014 De Cook Lecture, featuring Jann Freed, professor emerita, April 14. Freed is a graduate of Central as well as serving as a professor in the department of economics, accounting and management for 30 years. She is

    April 9, 2014

  • Central College events

    April 7, 2014

  • Weaver displays work in Mills Gallery at Central Weaver Jennifer Moore will be the Allison B. Allen artist-in-residence at Central College through April 4. An exhibit of her work will be displayed in the Mills Gallery March 26-April 18. Moore holds a master of fine arts in weaving from the Universi

    April 3, 2014

  • Jazz photo Jazz singer Catherine Russell to perform at Central College Critically acclaimed jazz singer Catherine Russell will perform at Central College at 7:30 p.m. April 12 in Cox-Snow Recital Hall. A native of New York, Russell has released five albums and performed at venues like Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, Jaz

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Central College events

    March 31, 2014

  • CUI 50 logo Central study abroad milestone celebrated Central College will kick off a yearlong celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the study abroad program. Founded in 1853, Central College is a nationally recognized provider operating programs around the world since 1965. Anniversary events wil

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Central College events

    March 10, 2014

  • Got cabin fever?

    Come hear music written for the wind band by British composers

    March 5, 2014

  • Geisler Penquite announces spring speakers The Geisler Penquite committee has announced its 2014 spring speakers. The speaker series will focus on a number of topics in education. All sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information and to register, vis

    March 5, 2014