KU News Release

Aug. 16, 2010
Contact: Rebecca Smith, KU Libraries, (785) 864-1761

KU to open phase one of innovative Learning Studio project

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MEDIA ADVISORY — Members of the media are invited to attend a special, behind-the-scenes tour of the Learning Studio from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23. Curtis Marsh, program director of KU Info and the Learning Studio, will be on hand to answer questions and illustrate new services and resources. Contact Rebecca Smith at rasmith@ku.edu or (785) 864-1761 for more information.

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will celebrate phase one of its new Learning Studio, an innovative centralized student resource center, with an all-campus open house from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Anschutz Library.

Phase one of the project, which opens Aug. 18, brings together essential student services into a space designed for 21st century learning and study. The studio offers flexible study spaces, library services, the KU Writing Center, KU Info, tutoring and advising in one location. Learning studio partners include KU Libraries, Student Success and KU Information Technology.

“The Learning Studio is an exciting collaboration between the same groups that partnered in 2006 to reintroduce KU Info,” said Curtis Marsh, program director for the studio. “I am so pleased to be a part of this new service for KU students. It is sure to become one of the best places for the KU community to enhance the engaged learning going on in classrooms across campus.”

Marsh, who also is program director of KU Info, is a KU graduate and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the studio. He joined KU’s Continuing Education division in 2000 as the associate director of marketing and was integral in the creation of its information center, Osher Lifelong Institute and Duke Tip Scholar Weekends.

Marsh is an adviser for several student groups in community service and leadership and teaches Introduction to Leadership Studies. Earlier this year, Marsh received the Citation for Leadership and Achievement in Student Services (the CLASS Award).

In 2005, Marsh became program director of KU Info, which he restructured to include a variety of electronic forums and satellite locations. KU Info went from answering 100 questions a day in 2006 to 300 a day in 2010. KU Info now has three service desks on campus, one of which is housed in the new Learning Studio.

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