UNA HES Department not given space, seeks permanent home

by News Editor Anna Brown/Student Writer Olivia Hartung

There is no space dedicated to the Department of Human Environmental Sciences in the new Science and Technology building.

Human Environmental Sciences is currently spread across Florence with part of the department located in the bottom floor of Floyd Hall and the other half at East Campus on Tune Avenue.

“I do know there are a lot of discussions going on and the administration is working very hard to determine what options are available so that we can choose the best option,” said Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences Donna Lefort.

The lower level of Floyd Hall has a computer lab, sewing lab, drafting lab and a gallery where the students display their work and projects.

However, officials said demolition of Floyd Hall begins at the end of the fall 2015 semester.

“I do not think there has been a decision, but I do know there are a lot of folks actively investigating any options for them,” Lefort said.

Assistant Vice President for Facilities Administration and Planning Michael Gautney also said the Human Environmental Science has not been designated to any area yet.

“Once we move out, we will have the Department of Human Environmental Science somewhere to go,” Gautney said.

Lefort said the new Science and Technology building is designated for College of Arts and Sciences. Human Environmental Science is an academic department in College of Education and Human Sciences.

“There was no possibility of moving into the new science building,” Lefort said. “They were obviously hoping that Floyd would be renovated and that they would not only stay, but expand.”

Junior Human Environmental Sciences major Carrie Mitchell said she does not like her classes being held in Floyd Hall. She said she thinks the Human Environmental Science Department is overlooked by the university.

“They also have a portion of their department at our East Campus so that Department is actually split,” Lefort said. “We are just looking at relocating part of the department.”

“I’m OK with Floyd Hall being torn down since it is kind of old and needs to be rebuilt,” said junior Human Environmental Sciences major Andrew Vaughn.

He said he thinks it is a good thing the Human Environmental Sciences Department was not moved into the new science building so they can be separate.

Senior Zachary Gaylen said he is worried the Human Environmental Science Department is “getting the short end of the stick” due to all the new construction.

“I think it is really unfortunate that the Department is not placed in the new science building,” Gaylen said.