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Department News and Updates   
August 19, 2021

 

Dear students,

I hope you are well and have had a restful, healthy summer. We are just days away from the start of the new semester, and I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Department of Art, Architecture and Design.

Some of you are continuing major and minor students. Others are taking courses in the department for the first time. Some are incoming freshmen starting their first term at Lehigh, or have never been to campus. The shutdowns of this last year and a half have affected all of you, and while this pandemic is not finished with us yet, we are in a much better situation this semester.

This fall our department will hold nearly all courses in person. You can take full advantage of the extensive labs, shops, studios, and technology available to students in Building C on the Mountaintop Campus. Lehigh's current policy on building access for students is as follows: the building will be unlocked and fully open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. It will be on swipe card access only from 6:00 to 11:00 pm and weekends. Most studio and lab doors will be open all semester, with the exception of a few secure spaces for which we will soon be posting access hours.

If you already know our space, you will see we have made upgrades. We installed additional desks for our architecture, product design, and foundations students in the high bay of C3. We added new work surfaces, taborets, and easels in the high bay of C1, for students in foundations, drawing, painting, and graphic design. Next week, large outdoor tables will arrive to the lawn near the rear entrance to the building. They are yours to use any time of day—to work, study, socialize, or enjoy a meal.

I am very pleased to welcome four new visiting faculty to the department: Robin Cameron (Graphic Design), Wesley Hiatt (Architecture and Foundations), Víctor Martínez (Art History), and Misha Wyllie (Sculpture). Later this semester, we will share news about the appointment of Lehigh's Horger Artist in Residence, who you will soon have a chance to work with.

Our coordinators, Pam Mongi (pgm0@lehigh.edu) and Christine Kreschollek (ctk213@lehigh.edu), continue to be available in their offices (Rooms 238 and 239) to assist you with administrative and technical support. They will also be glad to put you in touch with other staff and faculty who can help you with more specific needs. In some cases that will be myself or Wes Heiss, the department's Associate Chair.

I will be in touch with more updates as the semester goes forward. On behalf of all our faculty and staff, we wish you a wonderful start to the semester.

Have a great first week!


Nicholas Sawicki
Associate Professor of Art History and Chair

UPDATES

ACCESS TO BUILDING C

This fall our department will hold nearly all courses in person. You can take full advantage of the extensive labs, shops, studios, and technology available to students in Building C on the Mountaintop Campus. Lehigh's current policy on building access for students is as follows: the building will be unlocked and fully open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. It will be on swipe card access only from 6:00 to 11:00 pm and weekends. Most studio and lab doors will be open all semester, with the exception of a few secure spaces for which we will soon be posting access hours.

HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE BUILDING

While in the building you are required at all times to wear a face covering and to maintain six-foot social distancing.  You are also required to keep your ID visible whenever you are in campus buildings, and you may be asked by faculty and staff to show your card if it is not openly displayed on your person.  

All classroom and lab spaces have hand sanitizer stations and dispensers for sanitizing wipes. Please use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving a space.  Wipe down all work surfaces before and after use when you are working at a desk or table.

For updated information regarding the University and Covid-19 please follow this link

Lehigh Covid-19 Information Center