Prior to the fall of 2003, when students finished class in Chan Shun or Davidian Halls and made their way to a meal in the Dining Commons, they passed by an unassuming run-down tin shed along the way. It was seldom used; SA officers only occasionally entered the tin shed to store food and decorating items left over from events. Rat-infested and due to be demolished later on, the tin shed was unexpectedly given one more chance to be of service to the PUC campus.
PUC teacher Rosemary Collins and her husband, John, Chief Financial Officer for PUC, took a surprising interest in the shed in the summer of 2003. Often regarded as campus visionaries, Rosemary and John saw possibilities for re-making the shed into a one-stop shop for academic success. At that time, academic support services were scattered around campus: tutoring coordinated out of the library, disabilities services run from the Counseling Center, and advising for undeclared students in the communication department.
Through a substantial financial gift from the Collins to start the processes, the transformation from little tin shed to the Teaching and Learning Center began. Rosemary Collins' vision put the old shed's footprint to work as offices, lobby, and "great room" in the new design. Plant Service's student and staff workers began to change a wall here, move a sink there, and insulate and hang aluminum walls inside the structure to embrace the "techno chic" style.
Dan Brown, director of Plant Services, coordinated workmen's efforts under Rosemary's watchful eye for design. He also accrued beautifully designed furniture salvaged from San Francisco offices making design upgrades. The entire TLC furnishings, including the Persian-style carpet, office desks and chairs, classroom tables and chairs, and bookcase credenzas, were donated from salvage operations.
Today, the Teaching and Learning Center is a campus landmark standing proudly in service on the small street, nicknamed "TLC Lane," between the science complex and Dining Commons.
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