Facilities and Technology
The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (CHAS) offers a wide range of programs and has the facilities to support them. CHAS departments are housed in modern facilities with the latest technology and equipment. Just a few of the many resources available to students are two observatories, two greenhouses, a federally funded weather simulation laboratory and the UNI Biological Preserves System, which consists of 145 acres of native and reconstructed prairies and forests. In the communications fields, CHAS has a speech and hearing clinic, audio and video production laboratories and two public radio stations. In the fine arts, college facilities include laboratories and studios, rehearsal, recording and performing spaces and two theatres. Classrooms, studios, laboratories, rehearsal and recital halls and offices for the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences are contained in 15 campus buildings:
The Center for Energy and Environmental Education, a model of energy efficiency and environmental awareness, contains classrooms, laboratories and offices.
The CAC houses classrooms, the office of the Dean of the College, radio stations KUNI and KHKE, the Department of Communicative Disorders, the Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Department of Theatre and the UNI Civic Arts Association.
Built in 2000, the GBPAC fulfills the needs of UNI's School of Music. It contains several classrooms, practice rooms and auditoriums. The GBPAC is also home to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and an outstanding visiting artist series.
The Industrial Technology Center houses the IT department and its state-of-the-art facilities, including the 5,000-square-foot Metal Casting Center, electronics laboratory, solar electric boat center, digital photography studio, technology education and training lab, Materials Innovation Service and CAD/CAM laboratory.
The ITTC is home to the Department of Computer Science: the department office, faculty offices, three computing-based classrooms, the networking and systems administration lab and a server room (shared with ITS-ET and physics) that houses a State Farm-funded Linux cluster, Battelle-funded clusters for bioinformatics and grid computing and other departmental servers.
The KAB houses the Department of Art, the UNI Gallery of Art, laboratories/studios for painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, metal and wood working and graphic design, as well as screen printing and lithography presses.
Lang Hall contains classrooms, lecture halls, computer labs and the auditorium. Many communication studies and languages and literatures classes take place in Lang Hall. High-tech spaces include audio and video production labs for the electronic media division of communication studies and Studio IT, an interactive technology classroom. Lang also contains the Nanoscience Teaching Laboratory, a cooperative program of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Industrial Technology and Physics.
Latham Hall houses the Department of Earth Science and features well-equipped laboratories, classrooms and a 25-seat planetarium to serve the needs of students in earth science disciplines. The department also maintains two observatories on campus.
Russell Hall, a main facility for music majors, was renovated in 2008 to include a two-story addition and refurbishment of current rooms as well as new rehearsal, recording and performance spaces.
Wright Hall houses the Department of Mathematics and also provides space for the Department of Computer Science: two general computing labs, the Real-Time Embedded Systems Lab, the Software Testing Lab, a bioinformatics lab and a multi-purpose faculty lab for usability testing, robotics and other faculty uses.