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Mercyhurst dedicates communications creative suite

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Mercyhurst University Communication Department is home to a new creative suite, thanks to the generosity of Robert and Margaret Coletta of Akron, Ohio. Their daughter, Marina, is a senior communications major.

The Colettas are expected to be on hand Friday, May 5, to dedicate the new facility, which is situated in the Myron Jones Center for Media Convergence in the Audrey Hirt Academic Center.

Communications Department Chair Brian Sheridan said the creative suite is ideal for teaching editing, writing and social media classes. It is equipped with the latest Adobe editing and scriptwriting software that allows students to edit videos for projects. A state-of-the-art 3-D printer also has been installed, giving students the ability express their creativity by producing physical objects made from plastic.

“The walls have been painted a neutral blue color that adjusts the eyes of students in the classroom to see actual colors on the computer monitors,” Sheridan added. “If they want sound while they work, students can connect their smartphones to the audio system to stream music from services like Spotify or Pandora. Streaming video from all digital video services can also be shown on the large wall-mounted smart TV.”

In thanking the Colettas for their gift, Mercyhurst President Michael Victor said, “Using the most up-to-date equipment in the field, this new creative suite contributes to the overarching goal of building a collaborative environment where print meets video meets web. We are grateful to the Coletta family for making this happen for our students.”