New Warner School of Education Building Dedicated

The University of Rochester community gathered on Thursday, May 16 for a dedication ceremony and celebration of Raymond F. LeChase Hall, the new home of the Warner School of Education.
The building is named in memory of the late Raymond F. LeChase, founder of LeChase Construction Services, who was a pioneer in the Rochester construction community, a noted philanthropist, and dedicated supporter of education. A University trustee, R. Wayne LeChase, and his wife, Beverly, made a $3.5 million commitment to the University in recognition of the important role education plays in improving lives and strengthening the community.
Celebrations for the dedication included a formal ceremony on the Wilson Quadrangle with a ribbon cutting, reception, and guided tours following in LeChase Hall. The ceremony featured remarks from University of Rochester President Joel Seligman, University Board of Trustees Chair Edmund Hajim, University Trustee R. Wayne LeChase, Warner School Dean Raffaella Borasi, and doctoral student Nahoko Kawakyu-O’Connor.
A number of Warner students were on hand to show off some of the four-story, 65,000-square-foot building’s unique features, including Wentworth Atrium, Genrich-Rusling Multi-Purpose Room, Ishikawa Commons, Wager Commons, Palladoro Methods Classroom, Scandling Center for Student Support, Lechleiter Lounge, Miller Technology and Research Lab, classrooms, meeting rooms, and much more. In addition, Warner faculty and students presented information about their research and educational outreach projects, such as Horizons at Warner: Enrichment Program for RCSD Students in Grades K-8, the Institute for Innovative Transition, Get Real! Science, Project READ, and more, in the Rochester community.
In addition to state-of-the-art features for Warner’s 600 full- and part-time students, faculty, and staff, the new building also serves the education community with spaces and programs focused on the preparation and development of educators and educational research and reform work. Work on the new home for the Warner School began spring 2011, and students began classes in the new building January 2013.
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About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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