New achievement center to replace old Getchell library

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New achievement center to replace old Getchell library

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Once demolition is complete next month the former site of the old Getchell Library at UNR will be home to the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center.

That's the sound of the old Getchell library at the University of Nevada, Reno transforming into a new academic center for students.

Once demolition is complete next month the site will be home to the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center where students can find career opportunities and build resumes.

Jerry Marczynski is the associate vice president of Student Services. He says the new facility will offer many resources within one location to help meet the growing demand for services such as tutoring and spaces for studying.

"I think that's something that right now we don't have because of where the offices are and that will enable students to access services later into the evening."

Ziad Rashdan is the President of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada. He says the new center will serve as the focal point for student academic success.

"We're seeing this institution grow; you're seeing new facilities go up. As our student population continues to expand, we're seeing the need and the facilities grow."

The demolition began last week and is expected to be finished next month. The Getchell building opened on campus in 1962 and closed in 2008, as the Knowledge Center replaced it. The building needed to be demolished due to health risks, the cost of remodeling, and the demand to combine all student resources together in one location for convenience.